The Extreme Departure From Sathya Sai Baba’s Teachings By His Prominent Devotees
Posted by Barry Pittard on June 8, 2011
Over recent years, those leading the attack against former Sai Baba devotees and other critics have been noted for their vituperation, libel, harassment (including causing deep distress to family and children of prominent spokespersons), and more.
These individuals are known to be connected with Sathya Sai Baba’s leaders. See for example: Gerald Moreno.
Ironically, their words constantly counter the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba, and this has severely cost them respect and cooperation from many Sai devotees who strive to live by his teachings. One of their cries is that critics such as Robert Priddy and myself are “India bashers”.
But there are many Indians who make the same and other criticisms of the moral foulness that infects a great deal of Indian life. For an immediate example, note the case of the Indian anti-corruption crusader, Swami Ram Dev, who has had, and continues to get, enormous coverage in the Indian media. He inveighs against corruption in a way profoundly absent in the words or actions of Sathya Sai Baba.
Baba Ram Dev, like Mahatma Gandhi, is prepared to use the tactic of a fast-unto-death. But – against months of mounting allegations against the corruption within the Indian government, and his own weak efforts to address the problems – Manmohan Singh has just sent in the militia against a peacefully conducted anti government and corporate corruption protest by Swami Ramdev and his followers. See my note of today: Baba Ram Dev’s Challenge to Indian Government and Corporate Corruption.
In referring to the ubiquitous grip that corruption has on India, writers such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Alexandra Nagel, Kevin R.D. Shepherd and many others have not, of course, written anything that has not been stated by decent, educated and deeply concerned Indians everywhere. These critics’ slides of argument – of the type e.g., criticism of Sathya Sai Baba is tantamount to criticism of a decent India – are deplorable and obvious to those not blinded by fanaticism and hatred. Their attacks are so vicious as to alienate many who would have wished Sathya Sai Baba to be defended, if defended at all, in a manner harmonious with his teachings.
Of the constancy of the civil discourse that we pursue, let anyone mouse-click at random on any of our great many articles. On the internet and in other places, we face endless distortions to the contexts of our words, argumentum ad hominem attacks and other forms of disreputable argument, attacks on family privacy and hurting those of our members who are not even connected with exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. Denigrative language is typical throughout the writings of prominent assailants of former devotees and other critics who have spoken out.
Voicing the concerns, irrespective of the attacks, is something we have not stopped, and will not stop. A great many people are still being misled by the culture of deception and secrecy that Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors have so long practised.Why should we stop?
The attackers clearly ignore the fact that so many whom they attack have spent decades of their lives honored for their dedicated contributions of the Sathya Sai Organization, and well beyond in their own communities.
Those of us who lead the exposure of the Sathya Sai Baba cult have experienced profound varieties of corrupt cover up far too many times not to know something of its nature. Western and Indian media, institutions and scholars who have tried to investigate Sathya Sai Baba and his cult have found the same problem. Former devotees in excellent standing in their professions and wider communities presented a great deal of documentation to UNESCO, Interpol and country police forces such as the FBI, Federal Police (Australia), etc. Media with which we have dealt includes the BBC, CBC, ABC, SBS, DR, Atul TV, India Today, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Salon.com, the Age, Australian Financial Review, Gatopado, West Australian, (Adelaide) Advertiser, Marie Clair, and newspapers in Europe, Canada and still others.
In short, the wall of local, state and central Indian government cover up of Sathya Sai Baba’s crimes and other spiritual betrayals, and those of his core servitors, and by his central Trust and international Sathya Sai Organization, that we have had to face is immense.
Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)