Sathya Sai Baba Sect: A Crisis of Trust
Posted by Barry Pittard on July 5, 2009
One of the distinctive phenomena that independently confirm voices critical of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult is that his movement is eroding from within.
A glance at each of these older articles in conjunction with the other highlights two important facts:
- the Sathya Sai Organization since circa 2000 has sustained tremendous damage to its credibility. Many other organs (too numerous to include here) showed the extreme lack of accountability and transparency of Sathya Sai Baba and his organization. For example: India Today, The BBC, UNESCO, The Times of London, The Telegraph, The Guardian, BT, The Age, The Australian Financial Times, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Gatopado, etc.,….. In the view of the BBC producers, he was ‘the secret swami’, and the last resort was the BBC’s use of a secret camera trained on the world head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr Michael Goldstein of Corvina California. See: Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips)
- The Sathya Sai Organization has during the years of intense exposure, expecially by noted media investigations and on the Internet, had to reorient itself to survive. It has embarked on very costly recruiting ventures, often in lavish venues where it may expect to attact the wealthy. See: ‘Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues
Quote from: Sathya Sai Baba World Cult At Odds With Itself
“Some of his followers have made progress in thinking their way out of this particular variety of ‘the guru trap’. They do not have to ask whether those who have spoken out (often after many decades as deeply dedicated service workers in his movement) are a tiny handful of disgruntled or money-oriented individuals or “demons” and “Judases” that Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his devotees have branded us as being. Rather, in waking up to the seriousness of the revelations, they discover rude awakenings enough in their own saddened localities”.
“This zeal to recruit (to use the proper word) tends to take place in exceptionally prestigious venues. What does the global Sathya Sai Baba cult need for its survival – given over a decade of unrelenting exposure? It needs to provide for the stupendously expensive upkeep and maintenance of its costly and sumptuous buildings and various programs that glorify Sathya Sai Baba as God of Gods. See (including photos of the imperial lavishness with which Sathya Sai Baba surrounds himself): Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia and India’s ‘Emperor’ Sai Baba. By His Lavish Spending Ye Shall Know Him
But the wherewithal is not likely to proceed from his ever-circling ‘miraculous’ hand. Survival decrees that it is the left and cunning hand that needs to be in operation, and fast”.
(21 MB, Modem)