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Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 20, 2009

Many Sathya Sai Baba devotees have betrayed their memories and allowed to be constantly set upon, vilified, demeaned, defamed and libeled those whom they had so long loved, honored and worked side-by-side with.

Factors which prevent a wider former devotee visibility on the Internet or in the law courts include the following:

  • Wanting to “move on”
  • Preservation of business, family or professional relationships.  A prominent example of this is the case of the former head of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, Terry Gallagher, an agriculturalist and businessman of News South Wales, Australia.  At length by telephone, he told me that, against extraordinary unwillingness of devotees to look at the allegations,  he had done what he could to investigate and surface the terrible facts about Sai Baba’s serial sexual abuse of young males. He told me that he had extensively shown documentation to Valmai Worthington, a Brisbane leader of the Sathya Sai Organization, who has led many groups to from Australia to see Sai Baba, but this had not led to meaningful action. Other leaders were likewise impervious and went into the utmost psychological denial. Groups, including those with young males in them, continued to go to the ashram. (See below excerpts from the Terry Gallagher testimony and the link to the full document).These explorations – including direct contact with a number of deeply concerned students from Sai Baba’s education establishment – culminated in Terry Gallager’s resignation on the most serious moral principle from his headship of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization. However, he said, his relations with his brother-in-law, Neville Fredericks, now the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia, had slowly been repaired in both the family and business sense, and he (Gallagher) didn’t want to raise his voice further. NOTE:  For those with limited time, I have excerpted, for the sake of a focus, some points from Terry Gallagher’s testimony, which was first published by David and Faye Bailey (very prominent leaders who also resigned) in The Quarterly, UK. Later it appeared in the September-October 1999 edition of the Australian magazine ‘Nexus’ when the editor, Duncan Roads, became, as he has accounted, disillusioned with Sathya Sai Baba, having heard from a number of other alternate and firm sources with similar accounts.
  • Fear of being publicly attacked and ridiculed. See also:  Cultic Depersonalization or Demonization of Dissenters
  • Fear of being harassed and shunned in their own communities
  • Because advised by those at the sharp end, even when they were willing to testify, unless they were very well prepared psychologically not to submit themselves to the fanatical depradations of those Sai Baba people who make threats of law (see HERE and HERE and HERE) against former devotees and the media;  use Sai Baba devotees to spy and report on former devotees; direct and serious sabotage against former devotees in business, work and place of study; etc.; manipulation of Internet technicalities in an attempt to silence critics; and so on …


Terry Gallagher’s Testimony


Upon leaving the interview, I was told by Sai Baba that I should sit on the verandah of the mandir in the future, with students from the colleges and other devotees. As it turned out, this gave me the opportunity to meet people and observe events very closely that I otherwise might not have had the opportunity to do …

… We returned to the ashram again in 1985 for one month; and then in 1986 we stayed for seven months, at which time our daughters attended Sai Baba’s school …

… I will never forget the look of anguish on Sai Baba’s face when he came onto the verandah of the mandir early one morning and dropped two vibhuti pellets in front of me as he attempted to accept a rose from a college student. There was no vibhuti materialisation during darshan that morning!

I observed how he transferred these vibhuti pellets from one hand to the other, using the letters he collects from devotees to disguise his movements. In the many interviews that followed, I also observed more than thirty instances of rings, “diamonds”, japamalas, vibhuti containers, etc., all being produced by sleight of hand and deception …

… Sai Baba made no comment on our accusations and was only anxious to know who had told us these details, requesting us to tell him several times! Having had dozens of interviews over the years, this was the most stressful and uncomfortable interview our family had ever experienced.

Sai Baba was tense and agitated, and his body language told us all that what we had found out him was the truth! We left the interview and returned to Australia.

The following years were very difficult spiritually; we concentrated on all the positive aspects we had experienced over the past ten years and found this comforting.

When we attempted to tell others about our experiences and the truth about SaiBaba, no one would believe us, except those who had also had similar experiences- and mostly fear prevents them from telling others.


Confirmation of Terry Gallagher’s Observations of Long Ago. Selection from a larger database of film clips.

Terry Gallagher’s growing cognition – between 1986 and 1993 (the years of the grisly police executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom) that something was seriously amiss is suggestive of three points that are not appreciated by all minds: 

The first is that, under sway of powerful belief, rational or conscientious promptings are ignored.

The second, that the time taken for the psychological masking rationalisations can persist for years. The ‘something’ unsettled, the nagging doubts are replaced by focusing on all the non-conflictive preoccupations. There have been Sathya Sai Baba apologists and attackers who wish to bypass such considerations. They drive questions such as: why didn’t the person act on their observations earlier? They scorn individuals who undergo conditions that we are all too humanly prey to. Still more, they embody the very psychological principle of being in-denial that I have just referred to!

The third point is that film clips whose links are below, will allow the viewer a sort of Gallagher’s-eye-view which that early whistle-blower experienced in those years before, and indeed took on a lot of pain for himself when he investigated and shared with others.


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