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Sathya Sai Baba’s Self-generated Mythos

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 30, 2008

At the cost of much effort in scanning the originals, Robert Priddy is gradually posting a wide cross-section of his diary material. This he gives in parallel, with his handwritten entries on one side and a typed version, with his current added comments, on the other.
Robert Priddy visited Puttaparthi many times and was one of the main contributors to Sanathana Sarathi, the Sathya Sai Baba’s official publication, which goes worldwide. As a national leader of the Sathya Sai Organization (Norway), he had access to all the internal correspondence of the Sathya Sai Organization and international meetings.
An example of the scanned material is:
Directly recorded notes (September 1990) as always made daily during my visits to the ashrams
For scholars and others who study the build-up of Sathya Sai Baba’s self-generated mythology, Robert Priddy’s scans of his careful diary-keeping over the years is an asset. Noting some early examples of Sai Baba’s mendacity even as self-reported by Sai Baba himself, Priddy writes (referring to our mutual friend the late V.K.Narasimhan, one of India’s greatest newspaper editors):

“V.K. Narasimhan recounted several times for me how Sathya Sai Baba told him about the two boys reborn as his dogs. He told V.K.N in detail how he had wilfully deceived the examiners by cheating on the behalf of the two boys. I always made diary notes directly after these conversations and have scanned a number of pages as further documentation of my various assertions”.

Reference:
Sathya Sai Baba tells how he deceived examiners and more…
Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2008
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Indulal Shah and Indian Government Cover Up

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 27, 2008

Indulal Shah,

International Chairmanof Mumbai, India, was replaced by bbc-clip-dr-micael-goldstein-gets-angry.jpgDr Michael Goldstein, of Covina, California, as world convener of the Sathya Sai Organization. Shah more recently retired from his chairmanship of the Indian organization. There is a mass of documentation indicating that, following the police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom June 6, 1993, he presided over a massive cover up to prevent police, media and judicial investigation in India. The Hindu, 10-6-1993 reported:

“When press persons met Mr. Indulal Shah, chief functionary of the Sri Sathya Sai World Trust, he said, ‘the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.’”

Robert Priddy has just blogged, referring to Goldstein, quoting my questions addressed to him (Goldstein). See Challenge to the Sathya Sai Organization cannot be met Posted by robertpriddy on October 26, 2008

Key Issues Need To Be Addressed By Indian Members of Sathya Sai Oranization (and the Indian public)


Flag of that India whom Sathya Sai Baba has said will soon lead the world under his rule

But – apart from the social, political and justice avenues in India – the same questions need to be asked by Indian members of the Sathya Sai Organization! – quite apart from those in many countries, who have left it in a variety of states such as grief, anger, hurt, sense of betrayal and concern at the extent of the cover up by those in official capacities whom, over the years, they thought they could trust. They need to be courageous enough to overcome the barrier placed by the natural – and in many cases very worthy – respect for elders. Otherwise, all Sai Baba’s and his organization’s talk about being fearless is vain.

Although there are some encouraging signs of change, unfortunately, sex crime is even more of a tabooed topic in India than in the West, where there has been far more work done in addressing the issues. But there are other major issues that need to be dealt with as well, and, even though Shah is now retired, his legacy continues and no organization – especially a spiritual one – will win trust and respect when it is time and again, year after year,  exposed for extremely serious cover ups, and acts as a law unto itself.

Some Resources

BBC Interview with V.P.B. Nair – Former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh State

BBC’s Tanya Datta: Velayudhan Nair rejects the police version of events. He should know. Until two thousand and two he was Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh and in charge of the state police. On coming to office he examined the files and found that the original police report was riddled with lies and inconsistencies. This was later exposed by a CID investigation.

VPB Nair: Two or three daggers cannot be a match to roaring guns. So this story of the police being attacked and the police shooting in self-defence is totally baseless.
Tanya Datta: So are you suggesting that the police executed the boys that night?
VPB Nair: In absolute… this is absolute cold-blooded murder.

V.P.B. Nair, formerly in charge of Andhra Pradesh State Police, who was interviewed by the BBC for ‘The Secret Swami’

Goldstein in Except from Transcript of the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004)

Tanya Datta: Why don’t you have thorough investigations, instead of just asking one question to one person?

Michael Goldstein: What do you mean by thorough investigation?

2’nd Interviewer: Objective investigators, not someone asking the perpetrator whether he, he carried out the act. But someone, you know, a proper legal process or a legalistic process should I say.
Tanya Datta: Yes.

Michael Goldstein: Because I don’t believe that’s appropriate with Sai Baba.

2’nd Interviewer: Why not?

Michael Goldstein: Because my heart and my conscience tell me that it’s not possible.

Note: So much for accountability of the top leader. What of the heart and conscience of anguished former devotees worldwide, many of whom gave decades of loving service to Sathya Sai Baba and from within his international organization?!

View BBC Video Clips

Michael Goldstein admits his view is merely a belief (456kbs)
Michael Goldstein gets nasty over the allegations (710kbs)

Select Further articles

Towards Public Accountability and Due Investigation: A Formal Open Appeal To ‘The Prashanthi Council’
V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
J. Jegathesan. Part of The Secret Swami’s Cover Up
Isaac Tigrett. Wealthy Promoter of Superstition
Michael Goldstein’s Chilling 9/11 Remarks
BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?
Sathya Sai Baba World Cult Leaders Fail To Meet Concerns on Libel
Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

Select Robert Priddy Articles

Sathya Sai Baba – murders and fraud exposed

V.K. Narasiman – confidences to Robert Priddy

Sathya Sai cover-up by J. Jegathesan, Malaysia

Sathya Sai apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide

The fall and fantasies of Sai Baba supporter, Isaac Tigrett

Sai promoter, Malaysian cover-up man, J. Jegathesan

The Death of Sathya Sai Baba’s brother, Janaki Ramiah

Sathya Sai Baba – questions and his silence

Depth of detail ban be Found on his main website in the following articles

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Heavily Implicated Faces


Political bedfellows of Sathya Sai Baba


Puttaparthi Police Chief whose report could not be challenged by other police investigators


Close ‘servitors’, key cover-up agents

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UK Guardian On Sathya Sai Baba and Duke’s Awards

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 21, 2008

Directly after the November 2006 article in The Guardian (UK), The Indian living god, The paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards by Paul Lewis, an historic Indian media feed seachange started to happen.

The UK Guardian Exposes Indian Guru, Sai Baba

Paul Lewis article in The Guardian (UK) Exposed links with Duke of Edinburgh Awards

There were many successful IANS (Indo-Asian News Service) feeds to Indian media (and a few overseas) which referred to this article, with some added input from IANS Staffer Sudeshna Sarkar who followed up on the story, and filed from London. (See Resources, below).

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness’s officials had to act on top of a ‘politically’ not very experienced or competent UK Duke of Edinburgh Awards CEO, Peter Westgarth – see HERE. They were slow off the mark. However, after very high level representations from our side, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme trustees and Prince Philip’s Private Secretary, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davies KCVO, CBE,

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realized that a serious matter was at hand. Questions were also raised by some powerful citizens, including a former Home Minister, Tom Sackville. The Duke of Edinburgh Awards required of Dr G. Venkataraman, head of Sathya Sai Baba’s international propaganda apparatus and deputy world chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization, that an official Sai Baba website take down the triumphant – but absurdly mistaken – information that the Duke of Edinburgh Award had been awarded to Sai Baba himself. Venkataraman complied.

Guardian Article and IANS News Agency Feed Loosen Indian Media Censorship on Sathya Sai Baba

This IANS feed broke decades’-long silence from from an Indian press which (with a rare notable exception such as India Today in December 2000) almost exclusively has censored news adverse to the extraordinarily powerful and influential Sathya Sai Baba. The Telangana separatist issue, in which vast conflicting interests were involved, was the next blow to Sai Baba’s virtual immunity to criticism in the Indian media. He spoke publicly about this hot topic, whereas in years past he has avoided comments concerning political issues. Why, after all, would he want to alienate huge number of followers who have many political suasions? More recently, however, he has been making increasing errors of judgement. See Sathya Sai Baba Continues To Ail

Sathya Sai Baba’s Promise of Moon Darshan Fails

This marked media change was yet again seen in early October 2007 in the wide Indian press coverage of reports that Sathya Sai Baba had promised a great divine miracle, subsequently cancelled when clouds appeared, in which thousands of his devotees gathered at his private airport, creating terrible traffic snarls and potential danger to human life and limb. This immediately followed an announcement in the evening via his close aide and chief translator Professor Anil Kumar, that Sai Baba would miraculously show the universal form of God (or vishwarupa darshanam) in the moon. But both Sai Baba’s own vision AND the moon itself that night were clouded over! (Sai Baba’s gesture, though unfulfilled, is redolent of the type of vision Sri Krishna gave to his chief disciple Arjuna as recorded in the Bhagavad Gita).

Again, it was the upstart news agency IANS which was aggressive in getting its feeds accepted in India.

Significantly:

  • Many NRI’s (non-resident Indians) freely are able to read news and views highly critical of Sai Baba in other countries around the world. A mere glance at the dozens of overseas media that have carried articles adverse to Sathya Sai Baba gives an idea of how exposing it is for Indian media that has normally imposed a heavy blanket on information critical of him
  • New generational influences are arising in Indian media far more inclined to secularism, and that what with the arrival of a rising ‘star’ news agency like IANS, Satha Sai Baba and his semi-feudal, ancien régime servitors and minders now face some tough challenges. New generations of movers and shakers are gradually emerging out of the grip of the gradually fading, but still rife, gerontocracy of the Indian power echelons.

Resources

The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards

Paul Lewis, UK Guardian. Saturday November 04 2006. Page 3 of the Top section.

Tom Sackville, a former Home Office minister and chairman of Fair, a cult-watching and victim support group, said: “It is appallingly naive for the award scheme to involve young people and the royal family with an organisation whose leader is accused of paedophilia.

‘Parents who plan to send their children on this month’s pilgrimage … should be aware of the danger their children are being exposed to.'”

A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba

“Officials of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Buckingham Palace were upset by the boasting of those such as Dr G. Venkataraman and about the Award connections. (Dr. G. Venkataraman is Sai Baba’s deputy world head, who also directs Sai Baba’s international 7 days 24 hours propaganda satellite radio service via the WorldSpace International corporation. See Shitu Chudasama HERE. Shitu Chudasama is the UK Sai Baba national youth coordinator”.

TRS students wing attack Satya Sai temple over Telangana issue

“While addressing a gathering of devotees at his ashram in Puttaparthi in Anantapur district yesterday, Sai Baba had opposed the division of the state and said overall development was possible only if the state remained united.

The TRS leaders condemned his remarks and demanded his apology for hurting the sentiments of Telangana people”.

Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?

“It is interesting that so many devotees have assumed that the vision apparently promised by Sai Baba via his chief translator and close servitor Professor Anil Kumar to many thousands of devotees gathered at his Puttaparthi ashram would entail seeing the form of Sai Baba on the moon. If they had consulted their timeless sacred classic, Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, they might have recalled that the vision granted by Sri Krishna to Lord Arjuna (vishwarupa or vishvarupa darshana) was of a very different character. It was not the form of Sri Krishna -who was right beside him! – but a cosmic vision of enormous range and depth”.

Further articles at https://barrypittard.wordpress.com on the moon darshan issue

Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon, IANS Reports
‘Moon Mission of Sathya Sai Baba’. Re Merinews Article
Sai Baba Fails To Grant Great Moon Vision. Endangers Crowds
Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further?
Robert Priddy writes on Moon darshan issue at http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com
Hundreds see Sai Baba on the moon
Sai Baba appearances on the moon
Sai moon miracle again
Sai Baba on the Moon videos
Long-awaited photo of Sai Baba in the moon
Sai Baba on the Moon – photo for his birthday?
Deceiving ‘devotee’ makes bogus image of Sai in the Moon
Oops! Apparently Sai Baba DID appear on the moon?
More Sathya Sai Baba Moon Madness

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Further Resources

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed – by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard. Part One Part Two Part Three

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult (Article on)

Some prominent ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 28, 2009

Witnesses (An alphabetical list linked to testimonies)

Puttaparthi and Misconduct of Sathya Sai Baba’s Officials

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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Isaac Tigrett. Wealthy Promoter of Superstition

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 15, 2008

Former head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization Robert Priddy exposes a superstitious belief of Isaac Tigrett, one of Sathya Sai Baba’s key financial backers. Tigrett was an immensely wealthy U.S. citizen, who walks with some of the most powerful leaders in the world. Businesses he has built include famous institutions such as The Hard Rock Cafe and The House of Blues. He has contributed many millions to Sathya Sai Baba.

Isaac Tigrett. Secret Swami Cult’s immensely wealthy and hearty Laugher

Robert Priddy writes:

“Isaac Tigrett has stated that Sathya Sai Baba – who Tigrett worships as God Incarnate etc. etc. – gave him a crystal skull at an interview where the object just appeared in Sai Baba’s hands (as posted recently on my blog). Tigrett believes in the supernatural power of this skull and that cosmic balance depends on it (somehow) and that it carries a cosmic curse which can destroy the earth – as can be seen from the pages copied from the Internet below”

Sources

Isaac Tigrett, Sathya Sai Baba and the crystal skull
Posted by robertpriddy on October 7, 2008
The fall and fantasies of Sai Baba supporter, Isaac Tigrett
Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2008

Tigrett Speaks To BBC Television On His Faith In Sathya Sai Baba

Similar Tigrett preoccupation with mystic fancy has been seen in the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ 2004, where Tigrett tells the presenter Tanya Datta:

“India’s so unique, it’s so incredible. If there’s a spiritual train then India is the engine. All this mysticism, all the strangeness that surrounds Sai Baba and all that stuff, this is the perfect home for it.”

Unlike other Sathya Sai Baba leaders, Tigrett the latter comes across as compassionate but his unusual and repeated laughter in the BBC documentary suggests his ultimate denial of feeling that needs to translate to humane action. Tanya Datta says,
“But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you’re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru.”
Isaac Tigrett says,

“He could go out and murder someone tomorrow.”

Tanya Datta probes,

“Does that mean that some part of you believes there could be some truth to the rumours?” Tigrett replies,

“Oh, absolutely I believe there is truth to the rumours.”

But the practical effect – which is that Isaac Tigrett does nothing to advocate a hearing for Sathya Sai Baba’s accusers – is the same as if he did not believe in their truth! This immensely wealthy man, who walks with some of the most powerful leaders in the world, like Al Gore, blocks the chance of marginalized victims to effectively tell their stories. Clearly, his self-perceived spiritual development is all that matters. Therefore, he lends himself to one of history’s great cover ups. He may provide palatial buildings for Sai Baba but what about rebuilding broken people, and perhaps saving still others from coming to grief in the secret chamber of the ‘secret swami?

View the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’

The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB Broadband)

Read the articles:

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision
BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?
Probed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team
BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise
BBC Acted “Totally Irresponsibly” Says Ashok Bhagani
Indian Ex Top Official Dogs Sai Baba On BBC. ‘Cold-blooded Murder’

Note:

For an example of another major figure around Sathya Sai Baba who lends himself to highly irrational beliefs, see my two articles:

J. Jegathesan. Part of The Secret Swami’s Cover Up and
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
(These articles contain links to Robert Priddy’s writings on J.Jegathesan)

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Two Indias. Barry Pittard Reflects On India Days

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 12, 2008

During the number of years I lived in India, I was able to see across-the-board social uplift work in some of India’s poorest villages. One of my strongest observations was the manner in which, for many years, one outfit refused to accept financial input from abroad. A great emphasis was laid on challenging the consciences of the wider communities. Considering the implications, it was a tough love.

Will The India of Great Ideals Triumph?

There were outstanding inputs by those from different traditional castes and creeds. In an India often torn by communal clashes, key workers were widely respected through various communities.

One of the results might seem counter-intuitive: once programs of reclamation had gained a hold, a number of banks, cooperatives, restaurants and other places, where it had seemed that the poor classes had been forbidden on the grounds of caste, began to open their doors to the once terribly bedraggled people.

Will The Way of the Knife or of the Heart Triumph?

One overseas guest had a near personal miss to life-and-limb, when an extremely militant and highly organized Hindu outfit assumed a foreigner was a Christian missionary. Uncertainty crossed the face of its wielder when he found the foreigner singing a Sri Ganesha bhajan to the village children, very far from any Christian hymn. Social workers on duty that day were Hindu and had just managed to stop the torching of the village by the militants. They came racing to the site where the confused and scowling would-be assailant stood hovering in the doorway, and explained the nature of the foreigner’s presence. The latter afterwards said that, in the upthrust of the moment, the best thing had seemed to be to go on singing a divine song with a full heart, better than trying to use language or to argue with a knife.

Will India As A Superpower Oppress, Like Her Old Imperial Master?

Seeing the quality of the work – in which there were many examples that counter shallow notions of an India in which diverse communities cannot pull together, one felt moved to great hopes for an resurgent India that is belied by images of incredibly uneven and flashy opulence and profound squalor and violence. One saw a sweet idealism fleshed with the sweat of practicality. One could see, especially among the intelligent and energetic young workers, an India that has painfully and slowly worked to throw off her colonial experience under Britain’s lengthy, often secret and sometimes public, brutal and profoundly hypocritical  imperial rule. A rule that was far from properly traced in the standard western history books around when I studied history, and which, still further, ignored south India almost as though it did not exist.

It would take much more than one movie such as Sir Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’  to even begin to set the record straight before the rest of the world. The material wealth of Great Britain today in part still reposes on the wealth built up by the British Empire in countries such as India. At least Australia’s new government of Mr Kevin Rudd has had conscience enough to apologize to the noble and tragically long-suffering original peoples of Australia, on the top of whose cries my fellow Australians of today enjoy our flourishing material life-style. See Australia Says ‘Sorry’. A Lesson For Sai Baba And Followers.

However, like Australia, it is a moot point whether India will go the way of fine international accords but sorely breech them in reality – and realpolitik.

If signs of a widespread popular groundswell against institutionalized corruption are any indication, India has the potentiality to become a great force for international good. There is no doubting that she has begun to take on the dimensions of a future global superpower. (See my select articles cited below. A longer list is found in Sathya Sai Baba and India in-depth study

Many Volunteer Organization Do Great Work

This work among the poor was not linked with the Sathya Sai Organization, although the same ideals of service inspire many who have joined Sathya Sai Baba’s global organization. Indeed that, too, I was able to observe at close quarters, as I traveled to a number of States of India.

Those who pay tribute to the social uplift work conducted by many Sathya Sai Baba followers are right to do so, and most assuredly number former devotees, many of whom gave notable and dedicated service when they, over many decades, were a part of the international Sathya Sai Organization. This work should proceed.

However, given the highly unaccountable nature of the organized Sathya Sai Baba cult, the very worthiness of the social uplift work will be badly marred by a wide public perception informed by a series of investigative exposures in some of the world’s leading media, and elsewhere. When such serious allegations keep coming year after year, the public at large has a right to expect proper processes of accountability and transparency that relate especially to powerful organizations. It is not as though, from the top echelons down, members of Sai Baba’s worldwide organization, do other than cultivate mainstream civic, religious, political and government. See the article (and a revealing selection of photos!) ‘Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues,in which I have written:

“Although there is a long history of Sathya Sai Baba’s utterances which forbid promoting of himself, his official worldwide Sathya Sai Organization promotes strongly, at his, of course, secret behest. This zeal to recruit (to use the proper word) tends to take place in exceptionally prestigious venues”.

But – one of the first things noticeable to investigating media – there is a virtually impregnable wall of secrecy surrounding this guru, whom the BBC have called ‘The Secret Swami’.

Further Reading

Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape

“But the picture imparted by such a major source as the section on India in  Human Rights Watch World Report 2008 is very different to these rosy scenarios so widely touted by Sathya Sai Baba propagandists as Connie Shaw, and, indeed, by himself. The point should be made clear that many heads of the very police and military forces involved are, from time to time, seen bowing down to Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi”.

Indian Media’s Reticence on Top Guru, Sathya Sai Baba, Weakens

“Breaking decades of virtual Indian media silence on comment critical of Sathya Sai Baba, a number of major Indian news organizations have run (mostly November 22, 2006) the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) report on Paul Lewis’s article in The Guardian, The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards’:   . Several times attempting to draw comment from the Awards representative, Shona Taylor, the IANS met with the same evasions from the Palace authorities as investigators like Paul Lewis”.

Note: Even The Times of India, one of the prime censors of news inimical to Sathya Sai Baba, ran the story.

This is, of course, not to say – courageously. For the story had broken in one of the great newspapers of the world, and available to Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s) around the world.

Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore

“Sai Baba had long consumately mastered – but is now fast losing – the art of playing all things to all politicians. A few recent headlines from Indian newspapers (see below) reveal how his latest “divine” pronouncements have produced a political storm”.

The Guru Trap. Will India Be Forever Trapped?

The Tehelka article reference to UNESCO involvement, in which it, along with the University of Flinders, Australia, backed out of a major Sai Baba led international education conference, is available HERE, and related is my article: BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

Criticism of Sai Baba No Reflection On Hinduism

“Many Sathya Sai Baba devotees assume that any questioning of him equates to a denunciation of Hinduism. However, Hindus at large do not make this assumption in the least. A major national Hindu leader has emailed me (December 5, 2006) …”

Indian Gurus Stifle India’s Chance To Excel

“Because I lived lengthily in India, living with some wonderful Indian families, and worked beside Indians from a wide array of backgrounds and religious and non-religious affiliations, I was able to gain a sense of how deeply ashamed many thoughtful and sensible Indian people are of these gurus and the harm that they do”.

Indian Government Study of Child Abuse Is Groundbreaking

“Some commentors may find it all too easy to point a finger at India. No country must be let off the ‘hook’”.

P.N. Bhagwati, India’s Ex-Chief Justice: Wild, Reckless Claims

“P.N. Bhagwati – supposedly a model of the dispensation of Justice – does a profound injustice to hundreds of good and decent former Sai Baba devotees from many countries who have, on the strictest ethical principle, left Sai Baba and his worldwide Sathya Sai Baba Organization”.

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

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J. Jegathesan. Part of The Secret Swami’s Cover Up

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 4, 2008

Robert Priddy, former long-time head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway and retired academic from the University of Oslo, has recently written on J. Jegathesan, a charismatic and key leader in Sathya Sai Baba’s international cult. Although it may at first be difficult to credit that one with such a high profile in international finance and quasi diplomacy, it is nonetheless a fact that many otherwise rational human beings who occupy high public places entertain more or less private belief systems that are quite cranky. Robert Priddy has drawn attention, for example, to Jegathesan’s occult dabblings, which are a matter of public record. I have included links, along with quotes below. See also my own piece:

Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader -roving ambassador

Quote:

It is doubtful whether the Sathya Sai Organization or one of its highest profile international leaders told the administration of St.John’s Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall 109 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock – that their speaker, Dato J. Jegathesan, is fully committed to the belief that his guru, for whom he is a highly active roving ambassador, proclaims himself the ‘Father’ who sent Jesus Christ

J. Jegathesan, a key ‘Secret Swami ‘ – Sathya Sai Baba – plenipotentiary (Earlier photo)

Note: Dato’ J. Jegathesan, high-ranking ‘Secret Swami’ cult leader, is a highly favoured roving ambassador for Sathya Sai Baba, and deeply involved in the cover up.  From various sources, we learn that he has harshly spurned outstanding individuals who, when they were members of the Sathya Sai Organization, came to him in deep distress. Among these were issues relating to sexual abuse of boys within the SSB education apparatus by Sathya Sai Baba and sexual abuse of boys by a prominent staff member about whom abuse reports from different parts of the world, continue to come. Our understanding is that proceedings of some kind have been taken out in India against this individual by a wealthy individual with Indian antecedents but although it is promised we do not have documentation.

Robert Priddy On Dato J. Jegathesan

Readers can think about Jegathesan’s account here. It is a piteous affair, but – after several years – it needs to be made public and examined (as will be done critically later) because it helps to illustrate the depth of deception in Sathya Sai Baba’s promise to protect his devotees and the emptiness of his constantly-quoted ‘Why Fear When I am Here?’ Not least, Dato’ J. Jagadeesan (alias Jegathesan) continues to promote Sathya Sai Baba as if he had not been exposed for what he truly is.

Jegathesan’s declaration was sent out internally in the Sathya Sai Organization (see here). It is legitimate to think about and question the scenario sketched after Jega’s own account. The evidence can always be regarded in various ways, remembering that there have already been a number of detailed reports of suicides by young male followers after sex abuse. More on the questions raised here will be posted later on.
Sai promoter, Malaysian cover-up man, J. Jegathesan
Quotes commented upon, indicating confused and unconscienable beliefs of this man.
Deluded believer in Sathya Sai Baba – Datuk J. Jegathesan
Having stated early on in his book ‘The Fourth Dimension’:”I am no expert on the question of mediums and trance situations”, he soon begins to make very definitive statements like:-”I am quite certain that these “spirits” are similarly highly evolved souls etc.”

Jegathesan has written a series of books which include many stories of healing. His last book is called “The Fourth Dimension – Sai Baba, Journey To God Part 4″. As the title suggests it is a highly speculative book. It consists in a farrago of strange experiences, often wild interpretations of them and much hearsay. All of this shows him to be a most naive and uncritical believer in witch doctors, black magic, primitive trance mediums and much else of that kind. This is rather amazing from a man who has been an economic consultant with the United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Council on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)! However, remember that there are thousands of consultants to UN bodies, and surely few are as deluded as that.
Barry Pittard

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