Australian Current Affair: ‘Infiltrating A Cult’ (Sathya Sai Baba)
Posted by Barry Pittard on February 3, 2009
On last night’s Australian Current Affair on the national Channel NINEMSN, the camera catches scenes of ugly violence by security guards hired by Sathya Sai cult members. Click on the reference below to see the anguish of long time staff and clients at a Brisbane, Australia, center for the disabled.
The picture over the title ‘Infiltrating A Cult’ (below) is of Moyia O’Brien, who is a Sathya Sai Organization matriarch, almost worshipped by some of Sai Baba’s followers. She heads the SWARA centre (Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Association Inc). See Australian media related references, below.
In last night’s telecast (Monday, February 2), Moyia O’Brien is seen telling Channel Nine interviewer Chris Allen:
“That is completely ridiculous. That is not true. The Sai Organization is not a cult, it’s not even a religion. It’s a service organization”.
In further blogs, ample documentation will be given that indicate Moyia O’Brien knows this statement is extremely untrue. This presentation of Sathya Sai Baba to the general public is the many times documented familiar ploy of Sathya Sai Baba officials and devotees with the media and non-believers. Duplicity increasingly rebounds upon them with great force. (See ‘Recruiting’ link, below).
The hiring of very heavy security guards by SWARA against clients and former staff – who have been sacked for speaking up about clear and serious policy issues – questions the incessant talk of Sai Baba and his followers about resolving issues with love, peace and non-violence.
Yet again, the evidence shows a profound and systemic inability to listen and to value standards of accountability and transparency. It is a failure so often noted in cults, and results in great anguish for all concerned.
To see the segment of Australian Current Affair, click HERE or on the photo of Moyia O’Brien and the title ‘Infiltrating a Cult’.
For the manner in which the Sathya Sai cult uses extremely costly and prestigious venues in which to recruit, see:
For an Australian example of what is seen in other countries in which the cult is highly active, see:
Sathya Sai Organization Lavish Spending on Superdome Venue Meeting
(Compiled from Australian sources, with comments by Barry Pittard, former lecturer Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, India, and Robert Priddy, former longtime leader of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway, retired lecturer in Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Oslo).
“This iconic venue’s seating capacity is 12,000! Only 1,200 attended. Many Sai devotees walked out half way through the programme, leaving approximately 800. An organiser (Ms. Gavina Cossa) sat down and cried.In these carefully stage-managed so-called presentations, the chief aim of the international Sathya Sai Organisation is to recruit new members, but without using the word ‘recruit’.
Organisers permit no critical questions or non-supportive comments. Yet claim that it is not a cult. At the Sydney Super Dome, anyone with questions had to address them to head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia Neville Fredericks or Dr Pal Dhall, and only after the meeting was finished …
There is an ongoing and costly damage control effort by the SSO in various countries to select large, prestigious and plush venues such as La Mirada Theatre in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, Cooper Union in New York, Vancouver Playhouse, Melbourne Town Hall, etc. Other propaganda includes very costly professional audio-visual presentations”.
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