Robert Priddy’s Series On Sathya Sai Baba Man, Gerald Moreno
Posted by Barry Pittard on April 26, 2009
I note with admiration for his great energy – which he by no means reserves only for exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his sect – that Robert Priddy
is still adding to his series in which he refutes the writings of one hellbent on scurrility, Gerald Moreno, who leagues in his endeavours with Sai Baba devotees including those close to Sathya Sai Baba himself. Moreno, moreover, has a certain status as a popular hero for those Sathya Sai Baba Organization members who also profess but do not carry out the spiritual teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.
I find it touching. A man has had a long, productive life as an educator of generations of the young. An academic of one of the leading universities, the University of Oslo. An author of notable books and academic papers. (See Wikipedia entry: Robert C. Priddy). One who, down many years, has given heart, soul, sacrificial service, and a good deal of money to what appeared to be a great cause. Assailed by the philistine. Never thus assailed by Sai Baba nor those who valued him as an organization leader and contributor to the intellectual and devotional life of the Sathya Sai Organization. A dear, longtime and close friend of one of the few around Sai Baba who was noted for his plain speaking, the great Indian newspaper editor and a moral hero throughout India, the late V.K. Narasimhan, who was my beloved friend, too, and whose book on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I was editing not long before he died. V.K.N. (as he was affectionately known) greatly honoured and respected Priddy – the very opposite of Moreno’s conduct towards him. See, Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics
The Extraordinary Scenario. Philistinian Attack
But now – an extraordinary scenario. By Moreno, he and his family attacked, alongside many others who were once considered, and happily, a part of what Sai devotees call ‘the Sai family’. His words torn from their contexts. Here he is, in the last quadrant of his life, lived well, with (I happen to know via very reliable sources) many kind and generous actions to his credit. A man of dedication to truth and honour. Once, for long, the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in his country. And here he is, as has been the case for the last four years, since he carefully investigated the allegations against Sai Baba and then spoke out, constantly assailed by a poorly educated, but superficially bright, defamer. A man who has been banned indefinitely by eight editors of Wikipedia (See article by independent British scholar, Kevin Shepherd, Wikipedia, Moreno, Google). A man hot of language, cold of empathy, shabby of logical argumentation, and devoid of commonsense – as can be seen by anyone who examines even a few pages of his writing. One whose multitude of writings are filled with the excess of intemperate, aggressive, libelling, defaming, abusive and ridiculing language – indeed, light years removed from the teachings of the one whom he, Moreno, so idolizes (with the type of attachment that Sathya Sai Baba himself inveighs against), and cannot bear to have criticized or to hear with fairness the call of many around the world that:
Sai Baba and his sect core leaders be investigated by Interpol, governments and institutions that the Sathya Sai Organization attempts to interface with, major investigative media, and other well-equipped third party investigators, etc.
I give below the links to Robert Priddy’s blog series on Moreno up to yesterday. His latest article refers to one of the many situations that Moreno has shown great denial about – his ‘oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba. Let Moreno ask any ordinary, commonsense person whether this action is lawful or not. But no – his powerful blinkers prevent him from seeing what is being pointed. Sai Baba is not a doctor. He has no business undressing his young, male devotees and touching their personal parts. Priddy states:
“As to my assertions that Joe Moreno was illegally molested in a sexual context, they are not slurs because they are entirely true: it is an objective fact that the events he described when he was “oiled” were against the law of most countries, including India [This has been pointed out by Basava Premanand, who is extremely well acquainted with Indian law]. It is not a matter of subjective feeling and/or belief, as Moreno wants it to be, and his private sense of pleasure afterwards and is entirely irrelevant. He can rail about it as much as he wants, it will not change that it was illegal. I consider that proved and closed. As to libels, Moreno has libeled me with untruths and mud-slinging constantly all over the Internet for over 4 years and now I am responding with rebuttals, to which he has responded with more immoderate libels and inflamed language. That itself proclaims the complete lack of substance in his contrived accusations”.