A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 5
Posted by Barry Pittard on August 21, 2010
The series continues from:
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 4. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 27, 2010
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 3. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 25, 2010.
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 2. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 23, 2010.
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 1. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2010
A Surge of International Networking, Coordination, Mutual Support, and Focused Exposure
From circa AD 2000, furthered by the growing ascendancy of the internet, dissent from Sathya Sai Baba and his sect gathered to considerable international proportions
Towards the end of 1999, I joined an international network of former Sai Baba followers. They came from a broad cross-section of educational and cultural backgrounds. Before this dynamic surge forward, individuals who came mainly from the USA, had attempted a little before us, to get the allegations out into the open. Some, like the notable leaders Sergei Badaev (Russia), Stephen Carthew (Australia), Al Rahm and Shirley Pike (USA), had attempted to raise issues while they were still in the Sathya Sai Organization. See:
The patient scholar will need to sift carefully among roles played by many individuals. Some names to start with are: Terry Gallagher and Stephen Carthew Australia), Al Rahm (USA), Richard Nelson, Rick Raines (USA), Timothy Conway Ph.D (USA), Dave Lyons (USA), Artur Wisniewski (Poland), Although, overwhelmingly, it is men who lead the Sathya Sai Organization, prominent women leaders who have left after years of work on behalf of the organization include: Britt-Marie Anden (Sweden), and (from the USA) Shirley Pike, Sharon Purcell, Elena Hartgering (the latter two deceased), Lori Kaplowitz, Ella Evers. For an incisive writer with a quite academic (though very accessible) approach, see the Dutch former Sai devotee writer: Alexandra Nagel. A Seminal Writer On Sathya Sai Baba, A Guru Accused
There are many others, but these men and women raised their voices strongly and clearly from the first. They, who had not been derided in all their involvement in official Sathya Sai circles, were now treated to appalling behaviours such as shunning, defaming, and the rather Orwellian historic obliteration from memory. These responses are so typically evident when there is apostasy after sect membership. See the articles:
Most notable of the leaders to emerge at this time was (the late) Glen Meloy, a retired Californian businesman. See: Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam.
There is a Spanish version available: