One of Gerald Moreno’s myriad character assassination forays against former Sai Baba devotee critics (and others like the Indian Rationalist B.Premanand and the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd) has been the attempt to make it seem as though I would incite Islamic terrorism.
In fact, I had long ago written a cautionary piece showing how terrorists might regard a famous religious figure like Sathya Sai Baba, who claims to be the One who sent the Prophet (may Peace be upon his name). The whole upshot was – well before the events of 9/11 – that to be forewarned was to be forearmed.
My point was that the Sai officials have not been upfront to their congregations about this danger, not least at a time when those of Christian (Christmas) and Jewish background (for Haneka, shortly before Christmas) visit Puttaparthi.
Moreno, showing the breathtaking profundity of his patently poorly educated analytic abilities, made much about my releasing such details, as though Islamic terrorist planners needed an obscure article of mine to let them know of India’s most famous religious figure and the whereabouts of the most famous ashram in India.
Nor saw he fit to consider that among my readers may be counted any of that great majority of Muslims who deplore terrorism and who, if anyone, can work to counter the great evil that so badly misrepresents those positive tenets of their Faith. In fact, one of the grave difficulties besetting that religion, as it does Christianity, Hinduism, etc., is that of the dangerously simple-minded, who think, if thinking it is, in tight boxes, and would box in the rest of us.
Nor did Moreno think anything of himself ensuring wider coverage of the issue by posting his wild misinterpretations to a major Indian Internet portal.
I also sent a note of concern – on what struck me as very real dangers – to a former colleague of mine in Puttaparthi, at Sai Towers Publishing, Chris Parnell, who had become webmaster for the offical Australian Sathya Sai Organization website in Australia. He did not write back to me, but straight on the heels of my email to Parnell, the Puttaparthi police head of security did write.
To experts in the Federal Government of Australia, I also detailed aspects drawn from my knowledge of Puttaparthi and other Sai Baba-related matters. Two of them who were interested enough to have contact with me by phone gave me a detailed and serious hearing. See Robert Priddy: Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic
Gerald Moreno’s swashbucklings are meted out upon all sides – except, of course, in relation to Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organization. On these he has long been uncritical in the extreme, and, as our evidence reveals, works in with a number of those close to Sathya Sai Baba as well as other members of the organization. Everyone who has critically examined the Sathya Sai Baba issue – the BBC, DR, SBS, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, and so on – are all, as he deems it, wrong, and warrant his terrible and swift sword. More recently, eight Wikipedia editors were involved in an exhaustive process that led to Moreno’s banning for appalling behaviour, of a kind which he forever denies – see the ban recorded here (Gerald Moreno = User SSS108). For but a minute percentage of Moreno’s ‘hot’, aggressive language, see HERE:
Robert Priddy (Former Head of Sathya Sai Organization, Norway. University of Oslo, Rtd)
Brian Steel (Scholar and author of books, including those widely read when he was a follower of Sathya Sai Baba. University of Monash, Rtd)
Timothy Conway, Ph.D., (Scholar in the sociology and author of books on Eastern philosophy and religion. California Institute of Integral Studies)
Kevin Shepherd (Independent British Scholar, author of many works on philosophy and religion, who has had no affiliation with Sathya Sai Baba or his Sathya Sai Organization)