Sathya Sai Baba’s Followers Face Alienation In Their Wider Communities
Posted by Barry Pittard on April 4, 2009
Among those who defame and libel former devotees who have stood forth (indeed who have done so at considerable personal sacrifice) is the deputy chairman of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization, Dr G. Venkataraman. See:
The Declaring of Non Persons and Annihilation of Personal History
There were earlier leaders – very nice men! Such as Harry Mansbridge, Ron Laing, Lucas Ralli – all of them significantly disillusioned. One who was tenacious in following up reported cases of anomaly and betrayal was the Australian head, Terry Gallagher, who eventually resigned on a matter of highest principle. Lucas Ralli was told in great detail about the Sai Baba abuse-suicide case of Keith Ord but was in deep psychological denial. See the tragic Keith Ord story, Times of London: Monday August 27, 2001. Three die after putting faith in guru. By Dominic Kennedy -: “The Times has learnt that three Britons have apparently taken their lives after placing hope in India’s most popular holy man”.
More recently, an important former UK Sathya Sai Organization leader, Aime Levy, has had awakenings but has not wished to make these public.
However, there are many in the Sathya Sai Organization who suppress a palpable fact: namely, that many of those who have left it, having investigated the allegations – particularly in their own Sai centers – were held in high esteem for decades. This is one of the facts that people like Goldstein, Venkatarman, Moreno (see below) and other cultists are bent upon obscuring.
These continuing Sai Baba center members have allowed themselves, year after year, to be party to defamation of many former devotees by the core leaders, and by Internet defamers – chiefly Gerald Moreno with whom some of them league closely (e.g., the slightly less-than-official Saibabaofindia.com group) – which has been echoed all the way down the leadership hierarchy. See: Gerald “Joe” Moreno on Wikipedia, and refutation of his allegations against Robert Priddy.
Moreno began his activity in earnest against practically any individual who criticized his idol, Sathya Sai Baba. By reference to the Internet Wayback Machine, a likely candidate for focused commencement of this activity is: 31 Mar 2009, at 19:28. Highly qualified, independent lawyers in three countries have stated emphatically that Moreno’s many defamations, and acting on them by intruding into community settings, jobs and professions in a number of countries and attacking individuals and families, are highly actionable. But who can afford the time, energy and money? He plays on this restrictive factor and the fact is that the Internet is a sort of Wild West for the unscrupulous and sociopathic. Furthermore, some former devotees have not been in favour of legal recourse if it were encompassable – for what they deem to be spiritual reasons: e.g., ‘take not thy brother to court’ …
Dereliction of Duty of Care: Some Key Sai Baba Leaders
Top leaders from around the world who have:
- Ignored the afflicted individuals and families and
- Hidden vital facts from many rank-and-file devotees include:
Michael Goldstein, John (Jack) Hislop, Indulal Shah, William Harvey, Bob Bozzani, Hal Honig, Jagadeesan, Ashok Bhagani, Thorbjørn Meyer, Steen Piculell, Leonardo Gutter, T.Sri Ramanathan, Pal Dhall, Bernard Gruber, Pietro Marena, Jörgen Möllgård, Richard Friedrich, John Behner.
(Note the incredible top-heaviness of males in the Sathya Sai hierarchy!).
Sathya Sai Baba Sect Alienates Wider Communities
As the siftings and sortings of both documentary and psychological history portray themselves, it will be to their lasting shame that so many Sai devotees have stifled their consciences and commonsense.
As the Sathya Sai Organization has only too potently seen, ever wider political, civic, religious, academic institutions now shy away from them when the sect attempts to gain outreach in communities around the world. In regard to the Hindu community, see the note to me from one of the most notable Hindus in his country: Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community
There has been a huge effort by former devotees to bring to international attention the facts relating to:
- serial sexual abuse of young males
- police killings in Sai Baba bedroom (V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings)
- financial scandals concerning vast donations from many countries
- scams involving the sale of apartments at Puttaparthi
- cover up by successive Indian governments
- repeated failureof Sai Baba’s prophecies and promises disease cure
- huge misappropriation of funds from donors worldwide, deployed to incredible pomp and extravagance
- Sai Baba’s very serious errors in regard to scientific and historical facts (covered very well by the Australian scholar Brian Steel: my commentary and links to these groundbreaking pieces are found in – Revealing Materials On Sai Baba Of India and Huge Sai Baba Gaffes)
Robert Priddy (former longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway. Retired academic of University of Oslo)
Barry Pittard (Former Lecturer, Sri Sathya Sai College, Whitefield)
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