Sathya Sai Baba and Deception: Does Truth Catch Up In The End?
Posted by Barry Pittard on February 5, 2011
Slowly but steadily – although both greatly aided AND greatly impeded by the internet – the awful facts about Sathya Sai Baba have been able to spread far and wide.
Aided, of course, because no other communication method in history has had such impact on transmission. But impeded because, although the internet can spread the facts, it is also a ‘wild west’ in which consummate liars as well as those determined to speak the truth can reach the world. And, what is more, get away with it. See my second last post: Sathya Sai Baba’s Mastery of ‘The Big Lie’
The internet is both main street and back alley. Here, the blackguard can shoot down and murder or cripple those with a lifetime of integrity and service to their communities. It can make lies to seem truth, and truth to seem lies.
Until he died in January 2005, Glen Meloy was my great friend and collaborator in exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. By the time he left the Sai fold, Glen had been a deeply committed devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. He was a tireless worker and very well-known to a number of Sai Baba top leaders, such as Elsie and Walter Cowan, Dr John Hislop, Bob Bozzani, Dr Michael Goldstein, Dr William M. Harvey, and many in the rank-and-file, of the United States Sathya Sai Organization. See: Timothy Conway Ph.D – On ‘The Hislop Letters’
The last quadrant of Glen Meloy’s life is tremendously moving for those who know it. He was one who continued to speak the truth no matter how greatly he was calumniated. The way in which members of the Sathya Sai Organization have treated those who question and reveal will forever remain a terrible indictment of cultic blindness and suppression of conscience. Only the slow unfolding of historic revelation can validate those who do not compromise their conscience, but who would rather live truth than go about singing its praises in hymns and preachments. My profoundly inadequate tribute to Glen is here: Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam
The fact will always remain, and the worldwide Sathya Sai Organization has never faced it. Many individuals whom (then) fellow devotees esteemed for having qualities of truthfulness, kindness, service and decency, were suddenly, from virtually the moment they spoke out or tried to assist those raising heart-rending accounts, almost overnight, deemed to have become demons, Judases, and either mad or bad. See: Sathya Sai Baba condemns his critics as “demons” and: The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed – by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard. Part One Part Two Part Three
The following is a small excerpt of a piece Glen wrote in helping to surface the story of Sharon Purcell, of Tustin, California (now deceased, who had been a devotee of 32 years, and also well-known to many in the United States Sathya Sai Organization . More about Mrs Purcell and her son Sathya can be found in the articles:
NOTE. I have elsewhere written:
“For Satya Purcell, the Hal Honig-led trip to see Sai Baba was decisive in the most negative way. He had been named from birth by Sai Baba, and was devoted since his earliest years. His mother, Sharon Purcell, was close to major figures in establishing Sai Baba’s fame in the West, such as the wealthy husband and wife Walter and Elsie Cowan, and Dr John Hislop. He came away profoundly alienated, and his belief that Sai Baba was the Divine in human form was shattered, as it became for his mother too, and a great many others from various countries and cultures who, over the years, have felt profound ethical and spiritual betrayal. A number of the youths on the trip lost their faith in Sai Baba, and confided that he had sexually abused them. They also relate seeing mistakes by Sai Baba that showed that he was faking his ‘miracles’ of materialization”.
Sharon Purcell’s personal story, by Glen Meloy (July 2001)
….. As if the molestations were not enough, the infamous shootings at Puttaparthi occured while Sathya and his Mother were still there and young Sathya remembers vividly having to jump out of the way when they were still sweeping the blood from the temple later that morning. Honig’s group of boys had been allowed to be on the verandah for morning darshan.
Unfortunately, Sharon said she mistakenly believed at the time that Sai Baba was merely re-channeling the sexual energies of the boys into spiritual energy and she continued to believe in Sai Baba for 7 more years.
This continued until May 2000 when a close female friend told her a pathetic and tragic story of how her husband had his genitals oiled by Sai Baba in 1968. She told Sharon about all the negative stories concerning Sai baba on the Internet and how her husband, who was an intimate friend of Iris and Howard Murphet, had been asked by Sai baba to go back to the USA to study and get all the necessary credentials and experience to be Baba’s personal airplane pilot.
This came as a shock to the young man, who at the time was thinking about becoming an accountant. But because this was a direct request from God Almighty, the young man spent thousands of dollars and for 10 years invested all his energies and money into becoming qualified to be the personal airplane pilot for Sai baba.
When he returned to India, he was on the front line trying to tell ssb that he had done what Sai Baba had requested and that he was now returning to be his pilot. After completely ignoring him, the day finally arrived when he stood up and waved all of his credentials at Baba and then came the incredulous words from baba’s mouth…….”WHAT CAN I SAY?????………….NO PLANE!”
CAN YOU IMAGINE THE INSULT? THE HURT? THE STUNNED DISBELIEF?
Sharon was in shock for several days after hearing that story and then to confirm what she had heard, she called another close male friend who revealed to her that Sai Baba had also molested him. She told him that she no longer believes in Sai Baba and that she wanted him to tell her exactly what Sai Baba had done to him over 30 years prior. He told her that Baba had molested him and had ejaculated into his mouth after taking Padanamaskar. It was such a disgusting story that she immediately called her female friend married to the would be airplane pilot and her friend also instantly stopped believing in what they both now call a monster.
Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization