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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:

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

Stephen Carthew, A Voice of Testimony From Australia, On The Dangers of Cults

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:

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

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

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.

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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 Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 2, 2009

Serguei Badaev was ex-President of the Sathya Sai Organization’s Moscow centre, ex-deputy National Coordinator, and National Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) Coordinator for Russia. He is a biology graduate from Moscow University and an educator.

Serguei Badaev is an incisive writer with a professional background. His writings critical of the Sai sect – no less than those of others who have raised critical questions – receive no answer from Sathya Sai Baba and his officials. Nor do the latter explain how those with years of loving, sacrificial  and dedicated service to the Sathya Sai Baba organization (what to speak in their own professions and wider communities) should, supposedly and practically overnight, become demons, naysayers, and defamers.

The Moscow centre wrote a letter (see below) to Indulal Shah (then head of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization) and 7th World Conference seeking an explanation from their teacher for the spiritual meaning of the up-rush of criticism on the Internet about him and his mission.In various parts of the so-called ‘Sai Kingdom’, there had been some earlier alarums and excursions. For but three examples of confronting issues, which, however, were contained by Sathya Sai Baba’s bans on discussion and other actions of profound cover up, See:

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

and references to the principled resignation of a probing Terry Gallagher (an agricultural scientist and businessman), the first leader of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, in the article:

Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

and:

Dr. Dale Beyerstein’s study of Sathya Sai Baba’s claims and ‘miracles’

However, there was the enormous growth of the Internet. Starting in great earnest circa 2000, amid allegations coming from a number of countries of Sathya Sai Baba’s serial sexual abuse of boys and young men (not to mention other gravely crime-related allegations), there was significant leave-taking and much consternation in Sai centers round the world. Some believed that an airing of concerns was needed, and that, irrespective of findings or views, clampdown invited great risk to the integrity of the organization, as well as to matters of individual integrity and fearlessness to raise the issues no matter how fraught.

Issues about transparency and accountability in the organization arose in acute form. The presence of a highly authoritarian organization was perceived not only by those in active dissent from it but by investigative third parties, such as some of the world’s leading investigative media, UNESCO, scholars and, not least, families, friends and colleagues of those who were involved with Sathya Sai Baba. See:

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

Indulal Shah and Indian Government Cover Up

Sathya Sai Organisation – Further Subterfuge and Misinformation, by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard

Badaev has written about the evils of Soviet secretiveness and suppression in past decades. But here were he and his peers finding that these oppressions now visited from a source that they had thought to be all Light and Love.

The letter drew silence, except that Badaev was dismissed as President of the Moscow Centre.

The then head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia, T.Sri Ramanathan, meted out remarkably similar treatment to Stephen Carthew, spiritual coordinator of that organization in South Australia. He too had called for a democratic and properly chaired forum for the airing of members’ concerns. He too was summarily dismissed. See: Caught In One Of History’s Most Powerful Cults (5)

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Story of my disqualification

From: Serguei Badaev (Russia)

Date: 12-21-01.  Date of disqualification: April 2001

Source: http://www.exbaba.com at this page HERE

It started about 2 years ago when we (I mean Russian devotees) were informed that David Baily left the Organisation and disseminated dirty rumours about Sai Baba. It was a sort of a shock because D.Bailey had visited Russia several times (with Faye) and had given talks and appeared to be a dedicated devotee. We were not told about the reasons so we were puzzled very much. The situation was similar with Conny Larsson. Then again with Dr.Bhatia. It was like a mysterious virus which struck people and converted them against Swami.

Then we learnt that some information can be found on the Internet. After some web sites with negative information were located, we looked them through and realised that the accusations were serious enough not to be ignored. We decided to discuss them during the special meeting of the active members in the Moscow Sai centre. I sent to Steen Piculell (central coordinator for region 16) 2 questions about false materialisations and homosexual activities. Both questions were formulated like this: do you know (or believe) that the information about … is a fake or they do exist and have some special spiritual meaning? Steen Piculell did not answer. He forwarded it to T.Meyer (Chairman for the zone 4), who replied not to me but to the Moscow Sai centre. He told us that we were not allowed to arrange such a sort of meeting and that if Serguei Badaev could ask such questions that meant he did not have enough faith to be an office bearer in the Organisation.

The Moscow centre wrote a letter to I.Shah and 7th World Conference with the appeal to acknowledge these facts and ask Bhagavan for their spiritual explanation. The letter was passed to our National Coordinator who went to 7thWC and he passed it to S. Piculell and T.Meyer. As far as I understand it never went further. In the beginning of January the National Coordinator phoned me and announced about my disqualification as a deputy of the National Coordinator and National SSEHV Coordinator. He told it was a sort of recommendation of T.Meyer. When I asked about the reason the answer was – “lack of faith in Bhagavan Baba and His teaching”.

That time my tenure as a President of the Moscow Sai centre after 4 years was finishing, but the active members meeting decided to postpone the change of the President in regard to this situation. When the National Coordinator learnt about it he disqualified me as a President of the centre. The Moscow centre wrote a letter to the National Coordinator asking him to come to the Moscow centre to have a meeting with the active members. He failed. I wrote a letter to all the Central Council members with the appeal not to accept this decision until collective settlement would be reached.

Soon after that the meeting of the Central Council of Russian speaking countries was held. S.Piculell and T.Meyer came there. I was not invited. But I went as an observer as well as a delegation of the office bearers and active members from Moscow, about a dozen people altogether. During the meeting of the Central Council people from Moscow were not given a word. After all the previous decision was confirmed and imposed on the CC members who were keeping absolute silence. So that is the story in brief.

According to the Charter the reason for disqualification is deliberate violation of 9 Points of Code of Conduct. That was not the case. But during the CC meeting T.Meyer clearly formulated that a National Coordinator has the right to disqualify any office bearer under his supervision without assigning any reasons. I have never seen or heard about such regulations in the Organisation.

Soon after this CC meeting National Youth Coordiantor, Maria Ponomareva-Stepnaya, resigned.

Serguei Badaev

March 2001

P.S. In April 2001 I left the Sai Organisation.

                                         A Small Selection of Sergei Badaev’s Writings

 SAI BABA’S CLAIMS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND CHRISTIANITY Documented texts of Sathya Sai Baba on Jesus and the Christian religion analysed.

DISCREPANCIES IN SAI BABA’S PUBLISHED WORDS Documented texts

SATHYA SAI UNIVERSITY PROMOTION NOT WHAT IT SEEMS (if unavailable, see here)

TO SEE WITH OPEN EYES – NOT WITH ROSE-COLOURED GLASSES

THE TWO CHARTERS (OF THE SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION)

IF AND HOW THE SATHYA SAI ORG. IS A ‘DIVINE TOOL’ 

CAN WE TRUST THE CENTRAL TRUST?

THE CHILD’S DIGNITY AND INDIAN EDUCATION 

SAI BABA AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDIA

WHY DOES THE PROTECTOR OF THE WORLD NEED SECURITY?

SAI BABA CANNOT MONOPOLISE SELFLESS SERVICE

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Barry Pittard’s comments in regard to the Public Petition) -:

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2009

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

There is a Spanish version of the Petition available:

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

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