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Has Sathya Sai Baba Moved An Inch To Clean Up His Yard?

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 14, 2008

My years in India furnished moving testimony to widespread harmonious relationships between Indian people of many religious and even non-religious backgrounds. This was no matter of mere tolerance but rather of most genuine acceptance of each other. Many are the instances of Indians visiting each other’s places of worship, family and other social, political and other gatherings. I was elsewhere in India during the 1984 pogrom against Muslims in the nation’s capital following the assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi, but I was well informed that there were many instances of Hindus and others who risked their lives to protect persecuted Muslims. That is very moving.

Only last night, I was speaking with a charming student from Pakistan studying engineering in an Australian university, who very feelingly uttered a sentiment very widely encountered in the citizens at large of countries  whether one is traveling in India or Pakistan – “Left to ourselves, we get on very well, and like each other very much. It is the power people of both sides in their crazy games who threaten things for everyone!”

Sathya Sai Baba’s Back Yard Still In Deplorable State

The ailing Sathya Sai Baba has long said that he will first clean up his own ‘backyard’, India, before regenerating the whole of mankind prior to his death around 2022.

The following newspaper reports indicate an India that can all too easily be a power keg of great dimensions. As a democracy, of sorts, and though having formidable firepower across her armed services, she does not appear to be a security threat to the world at large. But what if she should self-immolate?

As a reminder that the present troubles in the state of Bihar are actually longstanding, and indeed reach far further back than this, I have included the BBC correspondant Daniel Lak’s 1999 report.

Some More Martial Minorities May Not Tolerate Attacks

The powerful emotions hinted at in the Panthic Weekly report give one pause to consider how, if non-violent and, at the same time, genuine solutions are not found, the widespread killings will not stop with actions against Christian and other small minorities. This publication reflects a worldwide powerbase (albeit by no means reflecting the opinions of all Sikhs) which attracts fairly formidable support and funding both from within India and beyond. The words used by the influential Dr. Amarjit Singh of Khalistan Affairs Center are not likely to be a mere letting off of steam:  “Sikhs ought to remember that after the Christians and Muslims it will be the turn of the Sikhs for a pogrom”.

His ominous threat of counter measures is likely to be backed by considerable resources of money, arms, training and all the rest.

Although far from achieving his aims, Mahatma Gandhi, to the end of his life, which he often risked, went to those bent on courses of destruction and helped them seek alternate solutions.

But where is Sathya Sai Baba’s cleaner back yard? It is in a frightful mess, just as is he. See:

Sathya Sai Baba Continues To Ail
When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises
‘World Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba’s Troubled Trail

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Selected Press Readings

New York Times
Violence in India Is Fueled by Religious and Economic DivideBy HARI KUMAR and HEATHER TIMMONS
September 3, 2008
New York Times
By HARI KUMAR
August 28, 2008
By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: August 25, 2008
The Panthic Weekly
Right wing Hindutva Neo-Nazi thugs launch anti-Christian pogrom in the Indian state of Orissa
Friday 12th of September 2008
Dr. Amarjit Singh, Khalistan Affairs Center
“Sikhs, ‘captive’ in India should study the tactics of the Hindutva thugs in Orissa and be ready with counter-measures, by organizing/arming themselves and keeping their ‘powder’ dry, in case the November 1984 anti-Sikh barbaric pogrom, in which over ten thousand innocent Sikh men, women and children were murdered, in New Delhi alone, (after a ‘wink and a nod’ from the then Indian Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi) is repeated in this first decade of the 21st century. Sikhs ought to remember that after the Christians and Muslims it will be the turn of the Sikhs for a pogrom”.
BBC NEWS. South Asia
By Daniel Lak in Delhi
Friday, September 3, 1999
“Church leaders and political parties in India have condemned the murder of a Catholic priest in the eastern state of Orissa, and called for more protection for the state’s non Hindu minority groups … Many in India, though, of all religious faiths are revolted by the spate of attacks Orissa and pressure to bring them to an end will definitely grow”.

Further Reading

Harvard Human Rights Journal. Volume 18. Spring 2005

TWENTY YEARS LATER: RECENT REPORTS HIGHLIGHT THE CONTINUING STRUGGLE FOR SIKH HUMAN RIGHTS
Prelude to the Pogroms: Operation Blue Star
History Revisited: Kaur’s Report of the 1984 Pogroms
Aftermath: Sikhs “Reduced to Ashes”
Continuing the Search for Truth
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Huge Sai Baba Gaffes

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 3, 2007

Note, 26 April 2010:   No amount of faith-blinded rationalizing can successfully elude the striking fact of Sathya Sai Baba’s many gaffes.  I re-run this article of early 2007, and trust that further circulation of such compelling documentation will result in ever more widely exposing those aspects of Sathya Sai Baba that his often frenetic and over-worked minders go all out to hide or minimize. Some of his actions are very absurd and self-contradictory.

The readership includes those who are, in swelling numbers, coming out of the Sathya Sai Baba cult. Typically, many have taken a long time to begin to sort their lives out. Emerging from a cult in which one’s deepest hopes and dreams have been invested is not easy. Some are shattered, and we know of suicides.  Some plunge into other cult figures. Some grasp at the comfort of mainstream religions or philosphies. Some learn to sit on slippery fences, and whistle in the dark. Some hide from themselves and others just how much they have been affected. Many have slunk off without formally resigning. The numbers of westerners going to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams has reduced by many thousands.

But his resolute defenders cannot hold back the existence of commonsense and the spirit of many individuals sooner or later doing some serious examination of their often long-held concerns.

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In one of the great deceptions of history, Sai Baba has misled millions of worshippers in many countries, including an astounding array of followers in the sciences, medicine, the arts, education, government, the judiciary, politics, industry, and so on.

A few quotes from the simultaneous English translation of the Sai Baba’s Christmas Discourse, 1996, indicate that palpable nonsense in some of his pronouncements must be added to the “divine” attributes of one who would be King of Kings.

James Redmond of the USA was for many years Sathya Sai Baba’s official videographer. Finally, he was able to see from examination of his vast array of film footage the many instances of Sai Baba faking materializations. There is another kind of Sai Baba deception that does not get into printed material. Fortunately, it is preserved on video, the provenance of which can not be faulted by Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organization.

The nonsensical material deserves much wider notice than when in February 2002 the Australian linguistic scholar Brian Steel
http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/Nonsense.htm
first drew attention to some of the extraordinary inanities in Sai Baba’s discourses – preserved in video materials but quickly expunged from the written records. These acute embarrassments to Sai Baba are excised by Sai Baba editors before they get into publications like Sanathana Sarathi, the official Sai Baba magazine that is distributed to some hundred and fifty countries, not to mention other publications from Sai Baba’s very busy press. That this process of removal of embarrassing material from his discourses goes on I had my own proof when I was working as a publisher’s editor at Sai Towers, Puttaparthi. I once myself had a hand in reconstruction/excision of a terribly jumbled Sai Baba statements about ghosts, which I sought help to unscramble from (the late) V.K Narasimhan, a warm and dear friend, who had been one of the most famous and respected editors in India and then Editor of Sanathana Sarathi. He too had edited out the embarrassments in his version for the upcoming edition of Sathathana Sarathi. I may add that I was working from the penciled translation by Professor Anil Kumar himself, Sai Baba’s official translator, who used to slip (or I think recall on this occasion actually hand-deliver) his translation over to Sai Towers. Also called in at Sai Towers on the rescue operation was Sai Baba’s Professor of English, Sandeepan Chatterjee. On another occasion, a whole issue of the expensively produced – which I was essentially editing (on the basis of service, not as paid work) had to be ditched – a large number of copies destined for worldwide distribution. Because of this small bit of print, the whole magazine had to be reprinted, a mammoth operation. This was because Sai Baba wanted to suppress a prophecy he had just made at Kodai Kanal. Of the Redmond material, Brian Steel comments on and quotes the egregious Sai Baba blunders:

“NONE of this astonishingly confused information was finally printed in the official version in Sathya Sai Speaks, XXIX, but in a note on page 393 we learn that:

“[Bhagavan gave a brief account of the Jewish concept of the creation of the cosmos and referred to the birth of Jesus as the son of Mary and Joseph.]”

Doubtless, the editors saw that SB had had a ‘bad day’, but readers of their version will never know that”.

“Three hundred and fifty years B.C., before Christ, Jews lived. However, among Jews, there were religions such as Islam and Christianity. People of that land, they are all Jews. That land is the birthplace of both the religions, Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew language was very prominent. This Hebrew language is more or less equal to our Sanskrit. …”

“Christianity is not just 2,000 years in its origin. It was there even before Christ, 350 years. There the divinity is explained very clearly.”

“The name and the fame of Jesus Christ have spread far and wide. Here, at this moment, there are two schools of thought. The first group of thought – Roman Catholics. There is another group that fought with this group. This group is called Protestants. As they protested, they are Protestants. So among Jews there are these two groups: Catholics and Protestants. The difference of opinion has increased day by day. This led to Jesus, whose life was in danger. Jews there in Jerusalem did not permit Jesus to go there. Like this, religious conflict and fighting was ever on the rise. There were 250 schools of thought, divisions there. They also monopolized certain countries.”

“Because of so many groups there, they all attempted even to harm Jesus. Romans on one side. Catholics on the other side. Luther on another side. There were so many groups that went on changing. All these differences are based on violence, and that led to madness. Because of this attachment to group affiliations, naturally there was conflict and fighting.”

“Religious affiliation leads to ego. This led to confusion among them as to what Jesus said right or wrong.”

Is this the Avatar of Avatars – or a schoolboy vainly trying to write a potted history, conflating early Christian history with Martin Luther’s 16th Century Protestant revolt?

Brian Steel concludes:

“More seriously, perhaps, such idiosyncratic pronouncements cast a very heavy shadow over Sai Baba’s general credibility and even his thought processes – whatever his other powers and characteristics”.

Former Sai Baba devotees worldwide are ready, as indeed many times before over several years, to submit our credentials and findings to bona fide independent third party adjudicators.

In an attempt to obtain proper investigation of the allegations against Sathya Sai Baba and his powerful and influential worldwide organization, we have closely cooperated with major world media and other reputed agencies and institutions. He and the entity he calls the “Divine” instrument for bringing about the greatest spiritual revolution the world has ever seen, the Sathya Sai Organization, have not.

International billions flow to Sai Baba

In August 16, 2003. the Rediff news agency reported:
“The largest recipient of foreign contribution was Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust — Rs 88.18 crore (Rs 881.8 million)”

Further Reading

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence

Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

Probed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team

V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

Video Resources

The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB, Broadband)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband)

http://home.hetnet.nl/~seduced/seduced.wmv
(21 MB, Modem)

Right Hand. Sleight Hand. Watch Sai Baba Cheat With Sacred Ash (Film clip)

BBC and Other Film Footage Shows India’s Top Guru Sathya Sai Baba Faking Miracles

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle « Call For Media and Government Investigation

Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips)

Raising ever more serious questions about how spiritual is the head of what Sathya Sai Baba has called THE divine organization in the world,

Michael Goldstein explodes with anger (710kbs)

at the BBC’s perfectly reasonable questions about accountability

Dr. Goldstein again reveals his higher self (1.500Kb)

Michael Goldstein and the sexual allegations (2,10 Mbs)

Michael Goldstein admits his view is merely a belief (456kbs)

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia « Call For Media and Government Investigation

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General
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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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