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U.S. State Department Named Sathya Sai Baba To BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 31, 2010

(The late) Glen Meloy and U.S. Citizens from an array of professions, and others including myself, made very carefully documented disclosures about allegations confronting Sathya Sai Baba. After former devotees, both in the U.S. and internationally, had spent a great deal of time and effort, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning to U.S. citizens traveling in Sai Baba’s State, Andhra Pradesh, in South India. This was reflected in the ‘Travel warning page and Consular information sheet, November 23, 2000’.

(Note on Glen Meloy, loved and honored by many Sai devotees during his 26 years of service and devotion to Sai Baba, and by hundreds of former devotees whom he magnificently supported in the aftermath of Sathya Sai Baba’s profound betrayal of faith, see: Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam )

I also made a number of supporting written submissions, and spoke by phone to, the then head of Interpol in Australia. I was in regular contact, written and spoken, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. Those from various countries who submitted testimony to the U.S. State Department presented credentials attesting to their integrity in their various professions, trades, communities, etc. There was some sworn testimony, along with ample readiness to provide still more. We made ourselves available for purposes of any FBI or Interpol investigation into the allegations, particularly those concerning evidence of Sai Baba’s serial and wide-scale sexual abuse of boys and young men.

The first stumbling block was that the accounts of sexual abuse all stated that abuse occurred in India.  Another was that the U.S., for legal reasons, was not ready (a fact late changed in response to BBC contact with the State Department) to name Sathya Sai Baba. There were no cases, successful or otherwise, brought against him in India. (Nor were those of us with long experience of living and working in India, in which corruption is so rife, convinced that there ever would be, given the sheer extent of his power and influence. See: Why Has Sathya Sai Baba Not Faced The Indian Justice System?).

These presentations, which were made to very senior State Department officials, were more than vindicated when the BBC checked with the U.S. Department of State confirmed that the “noted Godman who reportedly indulges in inappropriate sexual behaviour with young male devotees” was, in fact, Sathya Sai Baba. See Robert Priddy’s article ‘The Secret Swami’ & U.S. State Department Warning against Sai Baba , in which he exposes the flawed and hostile attempts of Sathya Sai Baba’s leading protagonist on the internet to misportray the facts.

For a detailed look issues surrounding the BBC documentary, See: 

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

Excerpt from Transcript of ‘The Secret Swami’ – one-hour BBC documentary (first aired June 2004, and subsequently seen in some 200 countries. Below, BBC presenter Tanya Datta reports on investigations at the U.S. Embassy, Delhi.

To view and hear BBC’s Tanya Datta On Sathya Sai Baba – ‘The Secret Swami’ – see the short video clip (1.5 Mb). She notes the following:

 “The American Government is also concerned. On the web site of the American Embassy in Delhi there’s a warning to U.S. citizens visiting the State of Andhra Pradesh. It draws attention to a noted Godman who reportedly indulges in inappropriate sexual behaviour with young male devotees.We contacted the U.S. Embassy in Delhi and they confirmed to us, and for the first time, that they are directly referring to Sai Baba”.

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U.S. State Department Travel Warning. BBC confirms Sathya Sai Baba is the subject

U.S. Department of State warning to travelers

CRIME IN ANDHRA PRADESH – Americans traveling to or residing in Andhra Pradesh should also be aware that there have been media and other reports of inappropriate sexual behavior by a prominent local religious leader. Most of the reports indicate that the subjects of these approaches have been young male devotees, including a number of Americans. Although these reports are unconfirmed, American citizens should be aware of this information.

Some Resources
Quote from this page editor’s (Robert Priddy’s) commentary on the State Department warning: 
“The U.S. State Department does not issue warnings without having investigated the reasons most thoroughly. The State Department NEVER issued any formal withdrawal of the warning against Sai Baba, which would have also required them to make an apology for promoting false information … The chief argument of pro-Sai Baba defenders is that the warning was withdrawn. However, ‘withdrawal’ of a web page is not the same as withdrawal of the allegations already made by such responsible bodies, for no mention is made of refutation of the warnings, far from it … The warning was made, did refer to him, as he was nevertheless named by US officials who were contactable”.
 
 
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Questioning Sathya Sai Baba and His Global Cult Is Not A Smear Campaign

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 30, 2010

I direct my readers’ attention to Robert Priddy’s latest post, which refers to Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno, who, for several years, has been assisted by those notable in the Sathya Sai Organization and, in some cases, closely connected with Sathya Sai Baba:  

Not a ’smear campaign’ against Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2010

Robert Priddy, former long-time leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization and retired academic from the University of Oslo, rightly says that there is:

“a massive  smear campaign directed against me, Barry Pittard and every single critic of Sathya Sai Baba by the foremost Internet defender of Sathya Sai Baba, his organization and all persons positively connected with him. This is the work of the Las Cruces, New Mexico resident, Gerald Moreno, of no known profession or qualifications other than a huge propensity for denial of facts, obsessive attempts to insult and assassinate the characters of all against whom he takes exception. That we have not held him legally accountable is primarily due to the waste of time, energy and money it would involve to give such attention to this nonentity, whose campaign is easily seen by anyone of independent mind or common sense to be a self-defeating exercise. For example, he defends the convicted rapist and murderer, Swami Premanand, and defended Sai Baba for some years while actually believing him to be a sexual abuser (he had his own sexual molestation incident with Sai Baba, about which he is in deep denial). Moreno’s efforts only serve to increase the controversy about Sathya Sai Baba and make sure we are active in exposing Sathya Sai Baba further so as not to be swamped out by positive propaganda and smears. See A Formal Open Appeal to the ‘Prashanthi Council “

Further Reading

Joint authorship

The chief pro-Sai cult activist can be evidenced as having association with, and having been assisted by, important members among Sathya Sai Baba’s servitors. See ‘The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign
See also ‘Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members’

Robert Priddy Not Exposed

Robert Priddy (Former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway)

Fighting Facts with Smears – profile of a web aggressor, Gerald Moreno

Gerald Moreno and his pathological denial

International Sai Organization’s clandestine operative

On Wikipedia issue, See HERE.  Priddy has noted:

SATHYA SAI BABA’S CHIEF DEFENDER ON THE INTERNET – GERALD ‘JOE’ MORENO WAS FORCED OFF WIKIPEDIA
BY AN INDEFINITE BAN AGAINST HIM… SUPPORTED UNANIMOUSLY BY ALL SIX ADMINISTRATORS!
see the ban recorded here (Gerald Moreno = User SSS108)

In his typical deceptive way, ‘Joe’ Moreno wrote that he had “disengaged from Wikipedia” when he was actually blocked and banned indefinitely for harassing the Wiki-administrator who had already warned him, then blocked him for 24 hours. Subsequently six arbitrators voted to ban Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno (aka SSS108) indefinitely from Wikipedia. So much of Joe’s self-imagined ‘integrity’ – nothing but a sham! He richly earned this with his many hundreds of boorish arguments and proactive entries. He repeatedly removed documented critical entries so as to suppress information and true facts about Sai Baba and worked – as usual – to undermine all critics by his slander. His companion in libel, Lisa de Witt (click here) was also thrown out of Wikipedia!

Timothy Conway, Ph.D (A former senior leader in the Sathya Sai Organization, USA)

The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

Brian D. Steel (An Australian academic)

Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue

Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action:  Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno

Kevin R.D. Shepherd (Independent British author on philosophical and religious issues)

Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno

Barry Pittard (Former lecturer Sathya Sai College Whitefield, via Bangalore)

Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter To Sathya Sai Baba Internet Proxy Gerald Moreno

The Hislop letters – part one [Timothy Conway on Gerald Moreno]

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno and Fact-Changing

Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization 

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On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 3)

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 28, 2010

This post continues On Leaving the Sathya Sai Baba Cult – Ex Leaders and Rank-and-File and On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 2)

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…  I spoke by phone and corresponded with a number of former devotee sexual abuse professionals who knew of various cases at first hand. These included Shirley Pike and the late Elena Hartgering. They and other seasoned professional workers were in no doubt of the fact that Sathya Sai Baba had seriously sexually molested young males. 

As I listened to, or read, the written accounts of both primary and secondary witnesses, I was acutely aware that many of those giving the accounts did not even know each other. Once it was known I was investigating Sathya Sai Baba’s matters, I went on to discover compelling accounts from sources well apart from Sathya Sai Baba circles. Having studied Epistemology, Logic and Methodology in my university Philosophy course, I was ever more aware that the required criterion of non-collusion was being repeatedly satisfied. It was abundantly clear that many of the witnesses did not know each other. Nor did they know of other cases of which former devotees like the late Glen Meloy and myself were compiling an ever-expanding data base. See:  Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam.

I could not escape the conclusion that Sathya Sai Baba was a serial sexual molester, on an appalling scale, of minors and young men from his educational institutions and from around the world. 

I also felt acutely conscious that I had been, over many years, whether directly or indirectly (though certainly without proselytizing), instrumental in various people becoming devotees. It is a grave load of conscience to bear, and many former devotees bear it. Like so many others who have investigated and become former devotees, my then partner’s and my hearts were heavy indeed. Typical of others who have just become former devotees, she and I cleared our house of Sathya Sai Baba-related artefacts. As former devotees universally have found, dear friends, in some cases of many years standing, who remained devotees, dropped us, even though we had shown no hostility towards them or Sathya Sai Baba. 

Incredibly, devotees forget that those they shun are the same people in whom they have long cherished qualities of truthfulness, loving-kindness, and sacrificial service to others. They stand by and allow the constant libeling and defaming of those old friends and fellow workers and, for example, the cruel naming of children, amid the distortion of facts on the internet (where there is known background association with those prominent in the Sathya Sai Organization) and deliberately used to attack the parents who have stood forth. They have betrayed those who have, at great sacrifice to themselves, stood up for the very qualities of truth they forever go on about in their study groups and elsewhere. 

These members of the international Sathya Sai Organization abrogate responsibility for instituting and maintaining best practice processes of accountability and transparency to be seen in exemplary modern organizations. Yet, in their professions and trades, they gladly benefit from such provisions. Indeed, at large, they avail themselves of the democratic rights guarranteed in the constitutions of the countries in which most of them live.

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Some Further Resources

Joseph. Early Sathya Sai Baba Whistleblower

After Leaving A Cult. Or ‘Moving On’

Sathya Sai Baba Cult. Blind Eye To Massive Slander

Sathya Sai Baba Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia

The Late Leo Boogaard: A Dutch Voice of Conscience On Sathya Sai Baba

Timothy Conway Ph.D – On ‘The Hislop Letters’

Formal statement provided to Exbaba.com by Timothy Conway Ph. D. concerning the Hislop letters

The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno – by Timothy Conway, PhD

An article in which Timothy Conway outlines many key issues

New Zealand Lawyer Exposes Official Cover Up of Killings In Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom

(Late) Ron and Peggy Laing: Deeply Alienated From Sathya Sai Organization

Senior Indian Policeman (Rtd) Speaks Out About Sathya Sai Baba Murders Cover Up

V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings

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Petition

Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization 

There is a Spanish version available:

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On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 2)

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 26, 2010

This article continues from: On Leaving the Sathya Sai Baba Cult – Ex Leaders and Rank-and-File. See also: On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 3)

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… There was a feeling of truthfulness in the accounts of the authors, and I contacted them. They were – Terry Gallagher (who had resigned as head of the Sathya Sai Organization after rigorously investigating), Hans de Kraker (Australia, who for a number of years ran the Western Canteen at Puttaparthi), Jens Sethi(Germany), David Bailey (who had a rare closeness to Sathya Sai Baba, and an almost unprecedented plenipotentiary role), Hari Sampath (India), Glen Meloy and many others from the USA, such as Sharon Purcell (co-founder of the earliest Sathya Sai Baba center in the USA), Al Rahm (U.S.A., a major organization leader, and, in that country, head of the largest Sathya Sai Baba commune, and founder of the first Sai school).

I contacted Britt-Marie (Bi-ma) Andén (former head of Swedish Sathya Sai Organization and a key figure Sathya Sai Baba Education in Human Values movement), and Conny Larsson (former head of the latter national organization).  When I spoke with Ms Andén, she outlined an account of Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of own son Jasper’s sexual abuse, and how she closed down her international Sai school in Gothenburg. In Stockholm, amidst a great many tears, compelling direct witness accounts were given to membership of the then large and significant Swedish Sathya Sai Organization, which broke up as a result of the revelations, and wider confirmation of similar cases in Scandinavia and elsewhere. One of the witnesses was a very young male, widely known as ‘the golden boy’ because of the gold trinkets Sai Baba would give to him. Conny Larsson told me how the courage of this boy in coming forward led to his own revelations about having been a Sai Baba’s homosexual lover. 

As time went by, I had contact with many others in countries around the world, a brief list of whom includes:

Dr. Naresh Bhatia, Dave Brandt, Stephen Carthew, Timothy Conway Ph.D., Ella Evers, Lionel Fernandez, Jed Geyerhahn, Dennis Hanisch, Alf Tidemann-JohannessenAfshin Khorramshagol (“Said”) Andries Krugers Dagneaux, Dave LyonsRick Raines, Mark Roche, Shirley Pike, Elena HartgeringLori Kaplowitz,  Marc-Andre St. Jean, Matthijs van der Meer, Alexandra Nagel ‘Neptune’, Roy Pendragon, Brian SteelArtur Wisniewski, Ullrich Zimmermann 

I also had contact with those whose names and circumstances must not be discussed except with their written permission (including updated advice on any former undertakings that were positive towards proper court of dealings with best-practice media or government organizations or any other notable institutions). These include those who have taught or studied at Sathya Sai Baba education institutions. The situation of Indian witnesses was particularly acute. The joint family is a profound factor in Indian national life, and many of them had family closely connected with Sathya Sai Baba and his organization over the years. Some family members live in the Puttaparthi ashram and depend on Sathya Sai Baba’s largesse.

As my investigation unfolded, I spoke to young males – and/or their parents. Their accounts of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse were heartrending. In the matter of my personal, emotional coping with the unceasing revelations, it was fortunate, in one sense, that both my formal work in education, social service and particular life experiences, assisted me as I listened to and read testimonies from people in various countries. Some had been so shattered that it was difficult and sometimes impossible to pursue discussions. As might be expected, some needed to vent; some only did so after a period of trust-building; and others wished (and this was a common phrase used) to “move on”. Of course, undealt-with trauma can much impede any real moving on.

Featuring in many accounts was Sai Baba’s demand of the boys and young men to perform oral sex on himself.  Other factors repeatedly found were the use of bribes and threats. In case after case, the people involved were often regarded by those who knew them as unusually good-looking.

I spoke to many who, in various countries, had been prominent leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization in various countries. As a result of their own investigations, they had resigned on a matter of principle . Many others left the organization quietly, without formal resignation. Many leave-takers do not want their names brought forward.

A dilemma faces the international Sathya Sai Organization which it has not been able to resolve. Because it has maintained a glacial silence, it cannot even begin to do justice to thousands who have so deeply grieved. See Robert Priddy’s article:  Sai Baba: Glaring Publicity yet Silence on Critical Issues

This dilemma may be expressed with the question:  why would those who have been its dedicated and respected members for decades, in some cases prominent leaders, not show the same integrity in investigating the terrible accounts as they have so long shown in their Sathya Sai Organization roles – and, what is more, in their professions and wider communities? I have noted in the article Global Sathya Sai Cult White-ants Itself :

“The demands of professional investigators with whom former devotees have dealt in the attempt to expose the Puttaparthi corruptions are considerable. This includes Interpol, FBI, UNESCO, BBC, CBC, ABC, DR, SBS, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, India Today, Salon.com, Gatopardo, The Age, Financial Times (Australia), West Australian, Vancouver Sun, The Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, BT, Trouw, Spiegelbeeld, Noordhollands Dagblad, Focus, BILD …

If investigations were to uphold Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors then all is well for them!”

See,  Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List)

I have had contact with Al Rahm, father of the Rahm family. They had an exceptionally high profile in the Sathya Sai Organization. In fact, Al Rahm started the first Sathya Sai school in the USA. Al and Marisa Rahm and their son (with his account of having been serially sexually molested by Sai Baba) appeared in 2004 in the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’I quickly add that many others, whose accounts did not subsequently appear in the documentary, had discussed their experiences with BBC researchers such as Iris Asic and David Saville and Tanya Datta. David Saville, the assistant producer, with whom I worked closely for several months, told me that there were eventually over 80 hours of filmed testimony, and that the BBC had uncovered compelling accounts from others who did not appear on our private international lists. (These are essentially now in the hands of Robert Priddy and myself, and we can direct enquiries of those with excellent professional bona fides to relevant professionals within our ranks).

 Almost overnight, we had become demons!

Further Resources

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed – by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard. Part One Part Two Part Three

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult (Article on)

Some prominent ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 28, 2009

Witnesses (An alphabetical list linked to testimonies)

Puttaparthi and Misconduct of Sathya Sai Baba’s Officials

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

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Global Sathya Sai Cult White-ants Itself

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 19, 2010

Why is the Sathya Sai Baba cult so vulnerable? What is its ‘archilles heel’?

Part of the answer is exemplified in the information that comes to us from those who, to greater and lesser degree, have been Puttaparthi insiders, such as students and former students of Sathya Sai Baba education institution and former leaders. They attest that, when they read blogsites such as this one and the blogsites and websites of others such as Robert Priddy and Brian Steel, they realize from the very first that our sources are frequently spot-on. This means that, along with apostasy in regard to Sai Baba round the world, such knowledge is held far beyond the resources of any of the critical commentators. Those levels of permeation errode the Sai project in ways well-exceeding the efforts of a few writers. In short, the Sathya Sai cult is its own worst enemy. The corruptions and suppressions are the ‘white ants’ which bring it down. Yet even if – somehow – it were reformed, it would surely remain an organization distasteful to those who cherish democratic institutions and values. 

To screen from members’ view the testimony of dissenters, the top-ranking Sathya Sai Organization leaders have imposed a heavy censorship blanket. It is this stark fact that first meets the attention of scholars, investigative media and others who have tried to probe the leader and his organization. The critical commentators have gone to great lengths to invite scrutiny; but the Sathya Sai Baba forces have done all in their power to prevent it.

Sathya Sai Baba has heavily inveighed against the Internet, and forbade his followers to read critical writings about him. In Orwellian style, he and his cult have caused to be, as it were, ‘non-persons’ those, now former devotees, who were loved and honoured for decades, and who nonetheless continue to serve in their professions, trades and in unselfish communitity service. It is as if, as far as the Sai sect is concerned, they had never been.

Of course, the core leaders know perfectly well that there was a massive ashram, local, state and central government cover up of the killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom in 1993. They know that Sai Baba has long serially molested boys and young men from countries around the world. They know of the huge financial appropriation to schemes for which money was not intended. They know of the long-continuing scams regarding ownership of appartments at Puttaparthi. How could they not? For these leaders effected the cover ups. Still many more leaders, though in the lower echelons and thus shielded from knowledge of the skullduggery, have implemented the bans and proscriptions the sect members are expected to endure at peril of ejection from the Sathya Sai Organization. Nor is the membership at large exempt from responsibility, for they have given themselves over to a highly autocratic and heavily male-dominated organization, and many have not acted at all decently towards those who have left the sect, but have swallowed uncritically the immense libels and defamations fomented by Sathya Sai Baba’s activists.

The organization’s solution is public silence in the face of the countless accusations. They go all out to ensure that Sathya Sai Organization members do not get to know the facts. 

These officials know that former devotees have long campaigned for independent, third party investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and his core leaders. For example, the title of this blog is: Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba. This means that its writer, as well as former devotees from many countries are, to an acute degree, is accountable in bona fide investigations. My regular readers are familiar with my oft-made comment regarding information that one would not – at least at first – wish to get into the wrong hands where I state that such-and-such information is available for the inspection of bona fide investigators.

The demands of professional investigators with whom former devotees have dealt in the attempt to expose the Puttaparthi corruptions are considerable. This includes Interpol, FBI, UNESCO, BBC, CBC, ABC, DR, SBS, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, India Today, Salon.com, Gatopardo, The Age, Financial Times (Australia), West Australian, Vancouver Sun, The Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, BT, Trouw, Spiegelbeeld, Noordhollands Dagblad, Focus, BILD …

If investigations were to uphold Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors then all is well for them!

Some Further Resources

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

New Zealand Lawyer Exposes Official Cover Up of Killings In Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom

Senior Indian Policeman (Rtd) Speaks Out About Sathya Sai Baba Murders Cover Up

Bhagwan Satya Sai Baba sexual abuse scandals

Serial Sex Molestation and Bedroom Killings. But Much More

Exposing testimony to the BBC of former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, V.P.B. Nair (Sathya Sai Baba’s State in South India)

Puttaparthi and Cover Up of Health Hazards

Hasty Cover Up Of Sai Baba ‘No bombs in India’ Blunder

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed – by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard. Part One Part Two Part Three

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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Dr Naresh Bhatia’s Testimony: Sathya Sai Baba Serial Sexual Abuser of Boys and Young Men

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 16, 2010

An Indian citizen, Dr Naresh K. Bhatia, publicly announced to a leading British newspaper, The Telegraph, that he had been a homosexual lover of Sai Baba.

For many years Dr Bhatia was prominent doctor in Sathya Sai Baba’s service – head of the Blood Bank at Puttaparthi and for six years head of the blood bank of the Sathya Sai Super Speciality hospital in Sathya Sai Baba’s vast medical establishment. He has since worked in a hospital in New Delhi.  A very popular Sai Baba-appointed speaker to both Indian and foreign groups, he wrote the widely read ‘Dreams and Realities’, published by Leela Press, the US publisher of many books on Sai Baba. After Dr Bhatia had spoken out, the organization stopped the book’s further sale. A note of proscription appeared in the official Sai newsletter, distributed worldwide.

Dr Bhatia told author and Daily Telegraph journalist Mick Brown that he had sexual relations with Sai Baba for 15 or 16 years. He revealed that Sai Baba had, over the years, sexual relations with “many, many” of his students, and had brutally raped a minor whom Dr. Bhatia examined afterwards and referred to a physician in Bangalore. He says he confronted Sathya Sai Baba, which led to his banishment. It is standard Sai handling for those who speak up.  

In early 2004, BBC assistant producer David Saville, with whom for about seven months I was in contact during the making of ‘The Secret Swami’, told me that producer Eamon Hardy, who was then in India with the BBC investigative and camera crew, had just spent some time with Dr Bhatia. I may mention in passing that the sort of desperate comment typically emanating from Sai Baba apologist commentary is that there is no guarantee that the person contacted by a reporter was in fact THE Dr Bhatia.

He is not the only prominent figure around Sai Baba who has come out publicly and spoken frankly about his having sexual relationships with India’s most famous and powerful religious teacher. Another is Conny Larsson, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Sweden, who was a film star and more recently has worked in alcohol and drug rehabilitation in the Swedish prison system. For Swedish psychologist and ex-devotee Åsa Samsioe’s review of Larsson’s book ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’, see HERESee ex-head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization Robert Priddy’s review HERE.

Dr Bhatia’s case is one of many in which, from the moment an individual speaks out, a process of Sai demonization commences. They have given decades of service and won respect for the quality and dedication of their service. Lo, overnight, Sai Baba and his servitors, quickly followed by members at large, pronounced dissenters to be devils, Judases, etc.! In the Sathya Sai Organization, there is no process of accountability for those who stand accused. Indeed, this stark fact is one of its greatest vulnerabilities, in those parts of the world which cherish proper justice processes, of this global organization. 

As is commonly seen in accounts of apostates from many other cults, former devotees have not been spared that hatred, anger and denunciation which turn upon those who have stood forth, at tremendous cost to themselves and in the interests of truth. Thousands have heard Sai Baba say that the Sathya Sai Organization is divine, and the instrument via which he will transform the planet before he leaves in circa AD 2022. Its behaviour in denouncing leave-takers, and covering up many scandals including killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom bares it to stark exposure. It resoundingly falsifies such claims at the outset.

Former devotees have already had to handle, after years of intensely loving devotion and service, the immense sense of spiritual betrayal. Their lot is untold execration, harassment, distortion of their words and motivations, defamation and libel.

In correspondence, Dr Bhatia told me that he still cannot shake off his belief that Sai Baba is Divine. Clearly, in his case, and in that of his devotees at large, spiritual detachment, which Sai Baba forever advocates, is notably missing. The grip is vice-like.

Dr Bhatia told me that Sai Baba has sexually abused very many of his (Sai Baba’s) students. Dr Bhatia wrote further that the threat to life is very real, especially that of a boy whom he professionally believed to have been badly sodomized by Sai Baba. He had the boy sent to a physician in Bangalore, who arrived at the same professional diagnosis  about the presentation, including serious injuries.

I asked whether all that he had testified he could corroborate in a properly conducted court of law. He assured me that this was so. In fact, many former devotees around the world who are closely conversant with the facts in their experiences have been ready to testify. 

Dr Bhatia mentioned that he had reason to fear for the well-being of the young person and modified his earlier public stance. His public statement can be seen in David and Faye Bailey’s seminal document ‘The Findings’ (circa late 2000). This husband and wife were unusually prominent Sai Baba emissaries. See my article:  Reply to a Sathya Sai Devotee’s Note re: David and Faye Bailey. They have recounted that, as they moved around the world representing Sai Baba in his official centers round the world, parents of abused young males, and sometimes those who claimed Sai Baba (and in some cases certain of his servitors) sexually abused them, would come to them with harrowing accounts of sexual abuse. These depicted a very different Sai Baba – one who had long engaged in actions that were criminal and hypocritical in the extreme.

Dr Bhatia also clarified a misunderstanding for me. It had earlier been said that this boy was seven years old when very badly sexually abused by Sai Baba. He confirmed to me that the boy was not seven seven years old but was then in Level 7 at Sai Baba’s school at Puttaparthi. He has also confirmed all the above to my fellow Australian Stephen Carthew, former spiritual coördinator for South Australia in the Sathya Sai Organization, who visited Dr Bhatia in New Delhi 2000. He wrote to me that: “I found Dr Bhatia delightful and most welcoming, notwithstanding the bind he is in. His own ambivalence regarding the spiritual nature of his Guru, and the pressures coming from many sources to keep quiet, makes it difficult for him to do more than tell his story when asked. Certainly, he believed he was threatened and harassed during his rushed departure from Puttapaparthi, after criticizing Sai Baba to his face.” For an update and the link for an Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary featuring Stephen Carthew, see: Stephen Carthew, A Voice of Testimony From Australia, On The Dangers of Cults

Robert Priddy’s comment on the Bhatia case

Note: At the time referred to in his note, Robert Priddy was head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway. “Ours” refers to himself and his wife, Reidun Priddy. Priddy was a careful diarist and he has begun releasing scans of his diaries.

“In 1999/2000 a lady friend of ours – Anne-Irene – had close connections with ‘insiders’ at Prashanthi Nilayam, especially Mr.& Mrs. Ratan Lala and the US lady called Veronica who ran the foreigners’ canteen. Anne-Irene was present when Dr. Naresh Bhatia was discredited and made to leave his post as head of the Blood Donation Unit at Sathya Sai Baba’s big hospital in Puttaparti. She reported how rumours flew in all directions, as is always the case when such events occur at the Sai ashrams, for there is always a rigid clamp-down on anyone who knows facts from telling the truth. As usual, those unsupported rumours were set going and allowed to flourish with ‘no comments’… especially that Dr. Bhatia had been caught having sexual relations with nurses at the hospital, and that this had been going on with other young ladies over whom he was in a position of authority. Dr. Bhatia, who is married with children, wrote a very flowery and adulatory book called “Dreams and realities face to face with God” (which reflects his belief fully). It was immediately taken off sale at the Sathya Sai Baba Book & Publications Trust, and it was withdrawn and all existing copies were remaindered by the publisher (Jack Scher – since deceased – another egocentric millionaire follower of Sai Baba who had so to speak ‘bought into’ a verandah place by setting up a publishing co. for Sai books in the US called ‘Leela Press’).  V.K.Narasimhan was instructed to publish the disclaimer about Dr. Bhatia in Sanathana Sarathi”

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Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter To Sathya Sai Baba Internet Proxy Gerald Moreno

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 14, 2010

Al Rahm was one of Sathya Sai Baba’s highest profile leaders. Part of his testimony, and that of his son, Alaya, can be seen in the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and DR’s ‘Seduced’. See links HERE.

 Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter

1. Introductory note by Barry Pittard

2. Copy of a letter by Alaya Rahm’s parents. Date: 12-06-04

The letter copied below was from: Al Rahm. Date: 2004-11-15 12:27 a.m. to: Joe Moreno (‘This day he is in Denial City, next day he will regret his Huge Stupidity’). The latter says that he, Moreno, is not a devotee but he has web and blog sites on the web that show beyond doubt that he is highly partial to SSB.

 Sometimes pointing to genuine mistakes (which are not sinister, as Moreno would frequently have it), he has typically leaped to most unfair, out-of-context, erroneous conclusions, virtually trying to set himself up as a sort of one-man ombudsman. With no sensitivity to how sexual abuse survivors (and other close parties, such as families) feel, he has, e.g., demanded that they send their affidavits to him.  

Mr Moreno has raised questions about the validity of much former devotee testimony, and Al Rahm’s response is surely a model of restraint in the face of one who shows great insensitivity to the feelings of many SSB survivors.  This adversary daily excels himself in assailing many individuals whose goodness only bigoted SSB activists would ever dare to slur. It is right, as Mr Moreno says – but no differently to many former devotees who also ask for it (but sensitively, patiently and lovingly) – that issues about factual evidence be clarified. But it will be clarified with police, abuse counsellors, and legal representatives – in preference to Mr Moreno. 

Cc.’d recipients of the letter below were former devotees:  1. Rick Raines. Before leaving the Sathya Sai Organization, he was a Regional president in an area comprising Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana  – the South Central Region of USA. He was a member of the national council, reporting to Dr Michael Goldstein. 2. Glen Meloy, 26 years a devotee, was a close personal assistant to Mrs Elsie Cowan,  member of the first Advisory Board of the Sathya Sai Baba Society for USA, and Co-Manager, Sathya Sai Book Center of America, Tustin, California. 3. Barry Pittard, 25 years a devotee, taught English for two years at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield, 1978-1979. 

Al Rahm. Brief Background: 

In a sworn affidavit forwarded to the FBI, the State Department and other relevant agencies, dated Tuesday, October 31, 2000, Al Rahm writes:  “By the year 1999 I had been a devotee of Sai Baba for 26 years. I started and lived in a Sai Baba community in Northwest Arkansas.  I was one of 5 regional officers in region 10 of the Sai Baba Organization of the United States.  I had started the first Sai School in the United States at the personal direction of Sai Baba in interviews that took place in 1997.  The school was a 501c3 non-profit by the name of School of Human Values.  I was travelling to regional conferences all over the United States along with my family as a guest speaker and we also sang devotional music.  The crowds would often be as large as 500 or more people.” 

 Faithfully,  Barry Pittard.  December 6, 2004.  


Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter Joe Moreno, and others, contacted me to clarify what appear to be inconsistencies in Alaya’s testimony. All of Alaya’s testimony and the testimony of his family is true. The inconsistencies are merely editing issues.  Perhaps the following will explain for you. Alaya was born into a family who taught him from birth to believe that Sai Baba was a fully conscious, physical manifestation of god, or otherwise known as an avatar.  Alaya’s first personal contact with Sai Baba was in a family interview with his parents when he was 8 months old.  Alaya was again in an interview with his family when he was in the second grade.  He did not have any private time with Sai Baba on either of those occasions.  When he was 16 years old he went to India with a friend along with Wilma Bronke’s group.  On that trip Sai Baba called him into a private interview and on that occasion Sai Baba began the sexual contact by rubbing oil on Alaya’s genitals and kissing on the mouth and attempting to cause an erection in Alaya. When Alaya returned from that trip with a robe and a ring that had been given to him by Sai Baba we asked many questions about every detail of his interview.  He told us that there were some things he could not tell because Sai Baba had told him never to tell anyone.  I suspected that this must be the oil treatment since I had received a similar treatment when I was 18 and was also told by Sai Baba never to tell anyone.  Also, the leader of the Litestorm group, who I was staying with at the time asked me if Baba had made me oil and rubbed it on me.  I said yes and he told me that it had happened to all the guys in the group.  He said, “Welcome to the club, Swami does that to help get rid of sexual desires in us.” That was in 1974 and it was 1979 before I had another interview with Sai Baba. I was married by then and had a child. I had no further experiences involving oil or touching by Sai Baba and so I accepted the oil experience as sort of a doctor patient relationship and thought no harm was done. After Alaya’s return from his first private interview in 1995 I privately asked if he had received the oil treatment from Sai Baba. Alaya was surprised that I knew.  He admitted it to me and we agreed to keep it to ourselves. I asked him if he felt that there was anything sexual in it and he said no, that it was like Baba was a doctor doing his job. He did not mention to me at that time that Sai Baba had kissed him deeply or tried to cause an erection.  What the reader must realize here is that a 16-year-old boy who has been born and raised into this belief thinks of this person, Sai Baba, as god, tells himself that it must be a great blessing and there could not be any way that it was sexual.  Baba was saying it was a good luck opportunity and that he was purifying him. However, in Alaya’s case it went further.  In 1997, in front of the first international young adult conference in puttaparthi, Alaya was singled out and called in for 14 interviews in a period of less than 2 months in front of 20,000 young adults from around the world.  7 of those interviews were with his family but Alaya was also called privately in each of those as well. He and his entire family were given rings, watches, earrings, photos with Sai Baba, robes, silk lungis etc. etc. etc. Alaya was the envy of every young adult there and his family was also in a very desired position.  Alaya came out of one interview with a hand full of cash given to him from Sai Baba.  There was over $1000 in rupees that Alaya was told to give to his mother to take care of the room, food, saris etc. and there was $3000 in crisp one hundred dollar bills for Alaya. Sai Baba kept calling Alaya his exemplary boy. He told Alaya that he had picked out his wife, a daughter of the Craxi family of Italy.  Baba impressed on Alaya how much money they had and that he, (Baba), would introduce Alaya to prime ministers and presidents from around the world.  Baba always impressed on Alaya how wealthy he was going to make him if he did what he wanted him to.  We did not know at that time what Sai Baba really meant.  We thought he meant if Alaya behaved with exemplary character and studied well etc. Sai Baba told us that all of this attention was being given to us because we were all great devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba and that Alaya was the greatest devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba.  Baba instructed us to start the first Sai School in the US but not to use his name in it because the US organization would give us too much hassle if we did.  He told me he wanted me to make a movie and that he would be in it.  He looked over the by laws and photos of our community and signed them with his approval.  He invited us to sing in the mandir, which we did. He invited us back to puttaparthi for Christmas. You can only imagine the high that we were all going through. You can only imagine how Alaya felt seeing his family in the peak of their life.  After all, from his viewpoint, this was their god.  This was what they lived for. This was what every devotee hoped for.  What we did not know at the time is that Alaya was paying a heavy price for all of this glory. A price, which he did not understand and could not tell us about because Sai Baba was threatening him not to tell, or Baba would never talk to his mother or family again.  How would you feel?  Baba even threatened to cause an accident and cut off Alaya’s penis if he told.  Remember, this is a boy who believed that Baba had this power. 

We returned for Christmas and received more interviews, more money, more stuff, more singing in the mandir. We returned the next summer; more interviews, more money, more stuff and so on.  By the summer of 1998, Alaya’s mother began to detect a troubled feeling in him.  She assessed that the pressure Sai Baba was putting on Alaya was too much for him.  For example, Alaya was not to have any friendships outside of his family. He was to be in school or at home. He was not to speak with or associate with girls in any way.  He was only 18 and was to live like this until he was 25 when Sai Baba would perform his marriage to the Craxi girl. Baba insisted on these things openly in our family interviews and told Alaya’s mother and I that we were to insist and keep him in line. We spoke to leaders of the US organization who had been devotees for 30 plus years about these concerns over Alaya’s apparent hesitation and subtle withdrawal.  They always assured us that we should not be concerned and that Baba knew what was best.  When we asked Alaya about it he said that he wasn’t sure he wanted the marriage. He said that he wasn’t sure that Sai Baba knew what was best for him. By Christmas of 1999 we began to suspect something was very wrong.  I even told Alaya that if he was ever asked by Baba or anyone else to do anything that he didn’t feel was right in his heart, that he should say no. I told him that his family was with him and that we didn’t care if we ever had another interview. Alaya had his last private interview on our final trip to see Sai Baba that Christmas. In that interview, we later found out, he told Sai Baba that he didn’t like his behavior and Alaya left the interview. 

After our return to the US we became even more concerned. Alaya did not look happy, he did not want Baba’s robe in his room, and he did not participate in young adult programs. Alaya said that he did not trust that Sai Baba knew what was best for him and that he didn’t care how much money the Craxis had, he wanted love in his marriage more than anything.  Marisa and I confronted Alaya in hopes of shaking him out of his resistance.  With great fear and hesitation Alaya finally told us what had really been happening behind that curtain in the private interview room.  I asked him why he had never told us before and he said that he was afraid that he would be responsible for bringing down the organization and that his parents might choose to stay with Sai Baba and that he would be alone without the family that he loved. He also explained that he was hoping it would stop and everything would be all right.  But it didn’t stop, it kept getting worse until all he could think to do was to stop going to India and never tell us about it for fear of losing us. 

The abuse was much worse than oil on the genitals. Baba would get very angry with Alaya because Alaya couldn’t get an erection for Baba.  Alaya explained that he did not like it and that he liked girls.  He told Baba that he loved him but he did not want sex with him.  Baba didn’t care, that was what he wanted and he used the excuse that he was purifying Alaya. On one occasion Baba took off his robe and lungi and, fully naked, attempted to pull down Alaya’s pants and climb onto his back in an effort to have anal sex.  Alaya pushed him off and said no.  Baba got angry and put his robe back on. Then said he would never talk to Alaya again.  Alaya pleaded with him not to be angry and to please continue to grant interviews and talk with his parents and sisters. 

After hearing the truth we contacted and met with Bill Harvey and Dr. Goldstein and told them the entire story.  We thought that they would at least get the information out to devotees so they would have the right to choose whether or not they accepted this behavior of Sai Baba. In time this information was shared with all of the leaders of the SSB organization of the United States as well as India. 

Now, many claims have been made that testimony is inconsistent. For example;

1.      Alaya first said that when Baba first used oil and kissed him it was not sexual.  Later Alaya said it was sexual.
       When he was 16 he convinced himself that it was not sexual and that is what he believed to be true. Later, after so many other experiences and a retrospective viewpoint, when Mick Brown, the Danish Broadcasting Co. and the BBC interviewed him, he could see that it was sexual.  The BBC film did not explain that.  Only so much could be included in the final edit to keep within the time limits of the film. We never got to see any rough edits nor were we consulted regarding the final edit.  As a matter of fact we didn’t even see a copy until after it aired in the UK.

2.      Alaya said he received $10,000 and I said several thousand dollars.
       To me several means 3 or more.  I don’t bother counting it all up.  Who cares?  So What? It may have been more than $10,000 in cash.

3.      Alaya talked openly with other American devotee boys who had similar experiences, or they didn’t talk because they were afraid that Baba, who was omnipresent, would know.
       Yes, he talked with American and Indian devotees, at Sai retreats in the US. One of these boys attended Baba’s school and was the son of a woman who worked in the balvikas program in the US. This boy was undergoing similar sexual pressure and threats from Sai Baba. His mother always received a lot of attention from Sai Baba including earrings, praise etc. This boy was afraid to tell her because Sai Baba would threaten never to talk to her again. That is the same technique that Sai Baba used on Alaya (a boy’s love for his mother). That boy never did tell his mother that we know of and eventually left Sai Baba’s school. Other boys who went to Baba’s school said that there are whole groups of boys who have sex with Sai Baba and that Baba has boys brought to his bedroom at night. Alaya and these boys tried to figure it out together since they could not tell anyone else, but they were afraid to talk about it too much because they were afraid also that Baba might know. They weren’t sure. They suspected that Sai Baba really didn’t know. Sai Baba often displayed anger toward the boys. They were young, they were confused, they were abused, and they were searching!  Don’t get caught up with details that don’t matter. 

The reason that other names, (like Sam Young) were used in Mick Brown’s article is because we were fresh into the awareness of the abuse and concerned about Alaya’s exposure and our family’s. We were unsure what it would mean to expose our family and our son to the world. There was even some concern for safety since reports of Dr. Batia fleeing for his life were circulating and Anil Kumar was in the states asking about our family. Yet, we felt it was important to share the truth.  We never contacted the media they contacted us.  We did however share the true story with anyone who asked.  By the time the BBC contacted us we had had several years to think about it and we decided to come fully forward.  It took a lot of courage on Alaya’s part and on ours.  We were never paid anything for any of our testimony.  We have nothing to gain from any of it.  We simply did it to share the truth with those who might have the courage to hear it. 

All of the testimony is true.  The editing often makes it difficult to follow the timing and remember this took place from the spring of 1995 to January of 1999. 

The most important fact is that sexual abuse has taken place not only with Alaya but also with many boys.  I personally have been contacted by boys from around the world since this happened.  Their stories are the same when it comes to the sexual abuse. It always starts with the oil and then it escalates. I suspect that it is still going on. 

Please don’t get caught up over insignificant details 

Sincerely and Truthfully, 

Alaya’s Parents

 

Further Reading

Another example of a former Sai Baba devotee writing with intelligence, compassion, courtesy and great patience in reply to the often brash and rude Gerald Moreno is the US social sciences and religious studies author and academic and a former leader in the US Sathya Sai Organization, Timothy Conway Ph.D. See:  The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno’

‘Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action:
Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno’
. Brian Steel

Gerald Moreno’s wildest attack so far?

Why Has Sathya Sai Baba Not Faced The Indian Justice System?

Big Cult Trumps At Law. Is But A ‘Bookshop’

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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Why Has Sathya Sai Baba Not Faced The Indian Justice System?

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 14, 2010

There is a question that keeps getting asked. It is one never answered by pro Sai interests – other than with a superficiality and ad hominem attacks resoundingly obvious to serious and probing investigators:

Given the grave seriousness of the allegations of serial sexual abuse of boys and young men from countries around the world, why have these matters not been dealt with through the Indian justice system? 

But – what Indian justice system?! 

Essentially, the answer is that Sathya Sai Baba is powerfully protected by Indian governmental corruption, irrespective of which political regime has the upper hand. His devotee base is vast. In 2001, the celebrated Indian advocate Kamini Jaiswal (who was a lawyer for the famous ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi) attempted to mount, pro bono, a case against Sai Baba on behalf of a former Sai Baba devotee, Hari Sampath. apparently a former member of Sathya Sai Baba’s intelligence and security wing. They were thwarted in what lawyers, including eminent ones from different countries (their identities are available to bona fide investigators by writing me), have described by such terms as “a kangaroo court”. One used to democratic court proceedures can hardly believe, as one reads the lawyer’s notes in transcript, that judges could be so blatant. See, Record of Proceedings document of Hari Sampath’s 2001 case against Sai Baba in the Supreme Court of India, and further comments on this case scuppered by Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand.

Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges

Another example of the appallingness that can pass for Indian justice (often an oxymoron) is illustrated by the conduct of a Sai Baba devotee Judge,  Y. V. Anjaneyulu, in Sai Baba’s state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a judgement that contradicts India’s secular justice system and confounds our lawyer members in far more democratic countries than India who have seen the document. For this perversion of justice, see HERE.

Although one must pay tribute to those in the Indian police and legal systems who strive against great odds to do an honest job, one fact has to be faced squarely: there is terrible and extensive corruption in the Indian justice system. With great superficiality and intellectual dishonesty, Pro Sai forces, such as Gerald Joe Moreno, like to attack those of us who point out this internationally-known fact, and they speak, of “India bashing”. It is nothing of the sort. Indian commentators have long and widely lamented the profound corruption of Indian institutions. In a delightful and well-written piece, at the LEGAL RESOURCE CENTRE INDIA, “India’s top 10 lawyers”, Dhananjay Mahaputra (in Times of India Crest Edition Saturday 9 January 2010) writes of K. Paransaran, whom he describes as “the grand old man of India’s court royalty” as one who:  “believes the Bar is no longer as ethical as it once was. He is sad that the image of the higher judiciary has been tarnished with so many allegations of corruption”. Paransaran reflects: “What can I do, but offer my prayers?'”.

A legal course of action initiated in the United states failed to get off the ground because of a legal loophole, in which the Sai Baba group portrayed their entity as being a bookshop. There was no trial, contrary to what has been said by pro Sai interests who are very careless with the facts, and gravely misrepresented by Dr G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s deputy world head.  

Anyone who wishes to undertake litigation has both to ask themselves what are their financial resources and what are their emotional resources. They also need to establish whether they can hire a lawfirm not noted to employ advocates who can be outsmarted both before and during a trial.

Here are some resources:    ‘Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America – Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family’: http://www.rfjvds.dds.nl/ex-baba/engels/articles/alayarahm.htm .   ‘Alaya Rahm’s Testimony – Some Key Statements:  http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/alaya.htm   ‘On Alaya Rahm’s Testimony Against Sathya Sai Baba’:  http://www.saibabaexpose.com/PremRahm.htm . Dr G. Venkataraman is extensively refuted in a four-part article by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard:  ‘The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed’ – Part One Two Three Four

For Al Rahm’s remarkably decent, self-restrained and detailed reply to a notorious antagonist Gerald Joe Moreno, Sathya Sai Baba’s principal defense on the internet, see: Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter To Sathya Sai Baba Internet Proxy Gerald Moreno 

General  

The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign. Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members

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Sathya Sai Baba Student Communications On Sex Abuse

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 10, 2010

As a Sathya Sai Baba Exposé colleague of Robert Priddy, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway, and retired academic philosopher of the University of Oslo and former researcher in social science at the Institute for Social Research, Oslo, I endorse his comment, below, which he has just noted in his frequently updated blog: Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed (Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up …). His extensive, highly-organized website is: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk . The site notes that it “showcases the views of a group of former Sathya Sai Organisation members (ex-devotees) with full rights to expose the organisation that deceived them”.

As always, I too (as do other former devotees from a wide array of social, cultural and professional backgrounds) stand ready to so testify in any proper court of law and also in regard to respected media, as has been the case with testimonies by many former devotees from around the world. For example: BBC, CBC, ABC, DR, SBS, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, India Today, Salon.com, Gatopardo, The Age, Financial Times (Australia), West Australian, Vancouver Sun, The Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, BT, Trouw, Spiegelbeeld, Noordhollands Dagblad, Focus, BILD …

See: Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

Organized former devotees have also submitted much evidence at high levels of UNESCO. See:

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

I may add that those former devotees who have spoken out over the years have often done so despite major disruption to their lives, and in the face of almost unimaginable personal attack, libel and disinformation Sathya Sai Baba forces. This includes studied misinformation given by leaders to rank-and-file members of the international Sathya Sai Organization. The cost in time and effort has been formidable, but has been appropriate in the face of – indisputably – one of the most profound religious duplicities and cover ups in history.

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More student communications on Sai Baba sex abuse

Posted by robertpriddy on January 9, 2010 

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Democratic Societies Need To Face Issues On Cults

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 9, 2010

In my colleagues’ and my extensive experience in exposing the global Sathya Sai Baba cult and its leader, India’s most famous guru, whom successive Indian governments and institutions have long and corruptly protected, we have found a striking fact: governments, and indeed whole societies, fail to face the problem of cults. 

The ‘answers’ of totalitarian regimes are of course to be repudiated at the outset. Indeed, in their authoritarianism, these closely resemble a great many cults, in any case!  In some sense, they can indeed be deemed cults. Charismatic, autocratic leadership, enforcement of group-think, devious propaganda, and punitive styles exercised against those who question are some characteristics that loom large.

In facing the problems posed by cults, our democratic institutions fail abysmally. Typically, our governments and societies fail because of certain mistaken and exaggerated notions about religious and other freedoms concerning beliefs. The channels of wide discussion, debate and action need to be opened up. Problems posed by muteness – or sometimes by smarmy and false appearances that all is sweetness and light – in the face of ‘political correctness’ need to be faced as a co-operative, rather than divisive, endeavour. We have found that many academic communities seriously offend, for they do not regard apostates as useful subjects for research. Still further, academies need to do a great deal of soul-seaching in facing problems of orthodoxy, in which academics care far more for their emoluments than for speaking out fearlessly.

For too long, it has been overlooked that many cults violate those very notions of freedom which we need, of course, to cherish and uphold.

Certainly, care needs to be exercised in defining what is and what is not a cult, and this level of information is best, in my view, arrived via deliberations across whole communities in consultation with each other. It will not help very much if we see cultism as offending against the canons of this or that mainstream religion. It is the mentality itself that needs to be understood and addressed.

What would hold communities back from engagement? Surely, it is fear. Often unconscious or unacknowledged. There needs to be serious thought about how whole communities can be brought to see that, by avoiding such threats to freedom, very broadly defined, they expose themselves to far greater problems. One cannot but think of examples such as the social paralysis, and the terrible failure to act in democratic interests, that existed in Germany at the time of the Weimar Republic, prior to the triumph of Nazism.

Further Reading

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Expose by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard

“The foes of the ‘open society’ (Sir Karl Popper’s term) are those who use its very openness to achieve their closed and devious ends. Sai Baba and his highly authoritarian and cultist organisation have such ends, which critics have tried to make known. Its foremost leaders silence all those who question it- and never face substantive criticisms. For the first time – after six years of pained and guilty silence – since hundreds of long-term devotees left it in disgust – the Sathya Sai Organisation has found it necessary to try to defuse the debate about Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged crimes, deceits and fraudulence. Dr. Venkataraman’s tendentious cover-up article expresses untruths which have long circulated within the cult, giving an opportunity to confront him with facts and truth”

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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U.K. Exposure: Sathya Sai Global Cult’s Political Failure

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 7, 2010

The following readings show, first, that the Sathya Sai Organization has sustained some significant political failures of clout in the UK and, second, that it has backed the wrong ‘horses’ in looking for political patronage, because those in high political office with whom they have leagued themselves face grave corruption charges. See also yesterday’s blog: 

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 6, 2010

 
Some Resources
 

Tony McNulty Expenses Outcry. Select List of Major UK News Articles

 
Charity chief says UK boss forced her out. By Paul Thornton, The Herald Scotland
 

 The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

Ashok Bhagani denies fully documented facts

Ashok Bhagani, Sathya Sai Baba cult promoter in UK

Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

Ashok Bhagani and The Secret Swami

Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

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Is Claimed Indian ‘Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba God? Or Good? Vital Links

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 7, 2010

Websites 

Sathya Sai Baba In Word And Action. Extensive, highly organized website of Robert C. Priddy, former co-founder and head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway. Retired academic in philosophy and the social sciences at the University of Oslo.

Recent Research on the Claims of Sathya Sai Baba

Extensive, highly organized website of Brian D. Steel, a retired Spanish linguistics scholar, University of Monash, Australia.

http://www.exbaba.com/ – A huge site indispensible expecially for those surveying the development of the Exposé from early in its history, and, in the case of News, up to the present. 

The Truth about Sathya Sai Baba ! You can read all about this in Dutch too... You are invited to visit our German site... You are now going to read the latest news on this page... You are now going to read some letters of ex devotees You are going to read some work from critical authors... You are going to see how Baba performs like a bad magician... You are now going to watch the Secret Swami... Here you will find an online petition calling for an Official Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization, please sign the Petition... You are going to see some very good maps... You are invited to read and/or write in our guestbook...
You are going to the English openingspage... You are going to read some statements of wittnesses... You are now going to read some articles... You are now going to read the Findings... You are going to read all about the murders in the ashram and more... You are now going to read how ex-devotees try to recover from their experiences... Every new month various expose contributors are honoured behind this button ! You are going to see some addresses of ex devotees... You are going to see some very good maps... There a lot more of Baba expose sites, just click and see...

 

Sathya Sai Baba Casebook-Factsheet

Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed. Conny Larsson’s website. Larsson was the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Sweden. He was a star in Swedish films who later worked in prison rehabilitation. It seems that Dustin Hoffman was to star in a movie about Larsson’s life but the latter objected to the treatment at the script stage.

Citizen InitiativeKevin R.D. Shepherd is an independent British author and commentator on religious and philosophical issues, who has never been associated with Sathya Sai Baba. He has written on Shirdi Sai Baba.  Blogsite:  Kevin R.D. Shepherd: Observations and Reflections

Major Blogsites

Robert Priddy.  Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed  http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com

Barry Pittard. ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’ https://barrypittard.wordpress.com

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General Sites

Italian ExBaba exposé website http://www.exbaba.it

Scandinavian Sai Baba exposé websites Swedish) Danish, & Norwegian (Norsk)

Other European languages German exposé website & Spanish and Russian.

Dr. Dale Beyerstein’s study of Sathya Sai Baba’s claims and ‘miracles’ 
Critical Swedish site http://www.sokaren.se/INDEX53.HTML 
Belief and Sathya Sai Baba: Avatar or Imposter-Trickster? Useful page with links to relevant websites (but some no longer extant)

Breaking the spell of religious/’spiritual’ superstitions

Website informing about sects, including the Sathya Sai Baba cult

FRENCH WEB LOG Marc-André

The Rick Ross Sathya Sai Baba pages

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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Sathya Sai Baba Cult Fails To Win British Royalty

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 6, 2010

Read of the Sathya Sai Organization’s failed attempts to associate its image with British Royalty. See also this series of links detailing the organization’s nexus with political forces in the UK facing grave allegations of corruption:  
 
Posted by Barry Pittard on January 7, 2010
 
Some Resources 

 

“Officials of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Buckingham Palace were upset by the boasting of those such as Dr G. Venkataraman and Shitu Chudasama about the Award connections. (Dr. G. Venkataraman is Sai Baba’s deputy world head, who also directs Sai Baba’s international 7 days 24 hours propaganda satellite radio service via the WorldSpace International corporation. Shitu Chudasama is the UK Sai Baba national youth coordinator”

 
“Paul Lewis of The Guardian exposed links between India’s most famous and controversial guru, Sathya Sai Baba, and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Palace officials, after a slow start, demanded that Sai Baba’s officials take down incorrect information, and the Palace distanced itself from Sathya Sai Baba and his movement”
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Prince Edward’s Visit to India
 
Note: Because of massive formal and informal exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, the international Sathya Sai Organization has had to face major problems of maintaining the organization. We have documented some of its efforts to exploit the British Royal Family, as in the case of the Duke of Edinburgh affair. Much earlier to this, we were, via British Government authorities, able to prevent a meeting between Tony Blair (and his wife) when he was Prime Minister and Sai Baba, at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.
 
Although Sai Baba has for decades said that there should be no recruitment and advertizing, since the watershed period circa 2ooo, there have been many attempts to keep the organization afloat. I have written of some of these attempts in the article: 
 

“Will Realpolitik-bent British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Indian Government exploit Prince Edwards Visit To India? What may Prince Edward’s visit to India portend for Sathya Sai Baba interests? Will there be, again, attempts by his top associates to exploit the British Royal Family for propaganda purposes”?

 
 
  
Video Resources

The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB, Broadband)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband)

http://www.rfjvds.dds.nl/ex-baba/~seduced/seduced.wmv
(21 MB, Modem)

Right Hand. Sleight Hand. Watch Sai Baba Cheat With Sacred Ash (Film clip)

BBC and Other Film Footage Shows India’s Top Guru Sathya Sai Baba Faking Miracles

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle « Call For Media and Government Investigation

Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips)

Raising ever more serious questions about how spiritual is the head of what Sathya Sai Baba has called THE divine organization in the world,

Michael Goldstein explodes with anger (710kbs)

at the BBC’s perfectly reasonable questions about accountability

Dr. Goldstein again reveals his higher self (1.500Kb)

Michael Goldstein and the sexual allegations (2,10 Mbs)

Michael Goldstein admits his view is merely a belief (456kbs)

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia « Call For Media and Government Investigation

By Robert Priddy: 
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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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“A spiritual group whose “living god” founder has been accused of sexually abusing young boys has become an accredited partner of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, the Guardian can reveal.
Last night pressure was mounting on the charity to break its links with the group whose followers are devoted to the preachings of 79-year-old holy man, Sai Baba”.

 

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