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Is Puttaparthi Glitter the ‘Shining India’?

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 16, 2010

  

Amid golden glitter, Sai Baba says he will rule world

Many are the demonstrably mistaken accusations thrown at those who have stood forth to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his international sect.  For example, typically taking our remarks badly out-of-context, it is said that we are: “India bashers”. But these defenders of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult do their cause harm; and we learn that many Sai devotees will have nothing to do with them – although we also know that some who are close to Sathya Sai Baba have assisted them in various ways.

The absurdity and intellectual dishonesty of their attempts to defame will not win them the favour of astute and questioning readers.

Often, there is the tacit assumption that to criticize Sathya Sai Baba is itself a slight against India. This is offensive to a great many Indians from all walks of life who do not think that Sai Baba is a reflection of all that is good in their country.

Anyone who has lived in India lengthily, as I have, comes to know how profoundly Indians across classes and divides deplore the corruptions and abuses of human rights and democratic freedoms which they see perpetrated by the power elites in their country.

Yet this is the India that Sai Baba has said he will transform. He has spoken of first “cleaning up his own backyard”, before saving the entire world before he dies. He is now very old and sick. See:

Sathya Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs at 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 11, 2010

Confirming many reports of Sathya Sai Baba breaking down and weeping in more recent times, there is now brilliantly clear and revealing video footage for all to see.

To see this video, CLICK HERE

So great is the grip of elites who hold wealth and power in India that many Indians, both those who live inside and outside India welcome – though with feelings of deep shame and desperate hope for deliverance from the evils – well-informed information that emanates from outside India. The article (see below) by a member of School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, may serve as but one example of writing that points to the ubiquity of graft scandals in India, while pointing to some of the attempts courageous and determined Indians are making to oppose this.

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Some Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community

Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption

Commonwealth Games: ‘Shining India’s’ Mismanagement By Crisis. Sai Baba Not Sighted

Sathya Sai Baba’s Promise To “Clean Up” His “Own Back Yard (India) Unfulfilled

Sathya Sai Baba and the Law. Is A Real Pro-Con Discussion Possible?

Relative Weightings of Allegation and Proof In Exposing Corrupt Institutions (Pt1)

Relative Weightings of Allegation and Proof In Exposing Corrupt Institutions (Pt2)

India’s Painful Experience of Corrupt Leadership

India’s Ancient Tradition of Respect For Elders Waylaid By Corrupt Elites

Sathya Sai Fails To Save Satyam

Sathya Sai Baba crying (video)

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Disillusioned by rampant graft scandals

THE wealthy in India are laundering $19bn a year.

ALTHOUGH corruption in India is nothing new, recent examples appear to put the country in the category of one of the worst kleptocracies, and a survey indicates widespread disillusionment with the Singh government.

Former mines minister and chief minister of Jharkhand, Madhu Koda, is in jail on charges of having siphoned off $US1 billion ($1bn), mainly from corrupt mining deals, during his short tenure.

By laundering funds through cronies, Koda managed to acquire hotels around the world and even a mine in Africa.

Although India has passed legislation to strengthen its anti-money-laundering regime, a recent Global Financial Integrity report found rich Indians launder a staggering $US19bn a year.

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Sathya Sai Baba and the Law. Is A Real Pro-Con Discussion Possible?

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 5, 2010

This post relates to my previous one:  Why Have Ex-Devotees Not Landed Sathya Sai Baba In Jail? – Posted by Barry Pittard on July 31, 2010. Implicit is the hope that the articulate enquirer who first wrote to this site is not – although separate data indicates that he is Sathya Sai Baba devotee – an apparatchik working hand-in-glove with the Sathya Sai Organization. After all, many who have approached us were once in the role of enquirer. Some took a year or more before they were able to transit from the position of troubled devotees to one in which they, having seriously investigated, saw the substance of various kinds of allegations against Sathya Sai Baba and his key servitors. My reader will, I think, quickly get a gist of the correspondence. 

As can be seen from the post cited above, I first requested that the writer of the email sent to this blogsite confirm the email status. I then wrote some points, along with links I thought may help elucidate the writer’s query. The reply was remarkably brief, and I have written the following, in the wish to test the person’s sincerity, and see whether any further correspondence may prove all too one-sided to my own disfavor. The person wrote: 

Dear Mr. Pittard:
 

I am a seeker of truth; not a candidate for persuasion. My focus is narrow and singular. I would like to see a summary  (with citations and references) of the difficulties you are encountering in having this matter heard in any court. I will then do my own research checking the cited and referenced works and arriving at my own conclusions. This is my path to truth discovery. 

I have today emailed:

You note that you are a seeker of truth. I may mention that many of those who have left Sathya Sai Baba – on the basis of a variety of issues – have also been, for many decades, distinguished by this very characteristic.   

This status is a fact that many Sathya Sai Baba devotees know only too well. However, in relationship to it, they have taken the recourse of the fabled ostrich. In short, stood aside and, since circa 2000, allowed their long-time, once much-beloved brothers and sisters to be shockingly defamed, libeled and unconscionably attacked, sometimes on a daily basis.

You have come to me. I welcomed you to continue to do so, provided a civility. You stated “What has aroused my interest is the fact that you have assembled such an abundance of allegations against Sathya Sai Baba, yet you seem unable to proceed to have these tested in a court of law. My question is: “Why?””    

Ever in hope that principled enquirers of real acuity will appear, I then went to some effort to provide you with a number of readings. These I hoped would go some way to provide a perspective that might furnish a proper answer to your query. The matter is not simple and requires concentrated reading. It is one suggestive that the legal issue is not the sole crucial one, and, taken on its own, can be systemically misleading.  

In addition to those links I provided for you, I may now add the excellently organized Index page of former long-serving head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization: Robert Priddy http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/index.html. There is also his very well laid-out resource: ‘Sex Abuse Testimony’ – http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/index.html.    

Mind you, the evidence goes, sadly, far beyond these references, a great deal of it carefully kept away from the ‘wild west’ that, all too often, is the internet.    

Perhaps politeness is not entirely out of fashion, but you have yet to acknowledge my provision of the resources I have sent you, although perhaps you first wish to go through them. Should you do that job, I may feel persuaded that you are ready to research objectively as possible, and treat us in amicable fashion. You may even begin to see that we are not, and never were, the “Judases”, “demons”, “liars”, “disgruntled”, and so forth – which are but some of the many derisive epithets with which we have been so constantly and sorely labeled.    

In past cases, those competent enquirers who have shown integrity and courtesy are then trusted to have contact with articulate, and professional former devotees. For example, those along our extensive network who are distinguished in the health professions, and who are well apprised of a number of illustrative cases. Sometimes, this process resolves itself on a local, state or national basis. Sometimes, long time friends, colleagues, etc., are reunited, and misunderstandings cleared out of the way.    

I should quickly point out that our dealings with lawyers would not, at this early stage of our contact, if ever, lend to your wish to “see a summary  (with citations and references) of the difficulties you are encountering in having this matter heard in any court”. Would not the Sathya Sai Organization be delighted to obtain an order of battle too loosely slipped from our hands?    

I mention also that, in the majority of cases, contact with individuals and families whose lives have been shattered is now not accessible, even though some in the past have attempted to share their accounts. The attacks to which they have been subjected is appalling. Nevertheless, there is a great wealth of writings on this internet by competent writers I have mentioned to you in my previous email, and many others who have the heart but not always quite the command of words.    

Sir, I posed a question to you, to which you have not responded. I asked:  “Is it, by the way, possible that you, or those whose perceptions you cite, have a notion that prosecuting or litigating in regard of many kinds of grave injustice have a clear trajectory, even in advanced democracies?”    

In regard to the answering of questions, it may go well if this were to be a two-way correspondence.    

The establishment of good faith would, I think, entail that you, with a Sathya Sai Baba affiliation, are not just trying to lead me on, gleaning our hard-won information via your notably brief emails – whilst in effect, not really listening to anything. I pray it is not so. 

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Gerald Moreno: No Real Sai Baba Devotee Could Applaud

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 14, 2010

It would not be possible for any professional, nor indeed competent school students of clear thinking, to view as urbane, civil and non-defamatory the writings of the internet fanatic, stalker and extreme manipulator of internet rankings, Gerald Joe Moreno, of New Mexico, USA.

Moreno’s bush-lawyering and untutored ‘research’ would be spotted (and regularly have been) in a few sentences by any lawyer, journalist or other bona fide researcher. That he is supported by well-known Sathya Sai Baba devotees is yet another sure sign of the trouble that the Sathya Sai cult is in. Demonstration of the poverty of Moreno’s intellectual and ethical status is not reliant on those who oppose Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. No sensible and civil individual would give Moreno a pass mark. For the freakish feat of staying on-the-job by night and day, often engaged in the most peripheral machinations, he fully merits an A+++.

In striking at prominent former Sathya Sai devotee coordinators such as Robert Priddy and me, he will even abuse the names of their family members. Terribly faulty inductions abound in his writings. By regular misreading of his paucity of facts, he maintains that these family members are involved in, or somehow support, the critique of Sathya Sai Baba. The independent British author of books and papers on religion and philosophy Kevin R.D. Shepherd writes:

“I learned about the invasive Moreno tactic of emailing the acquaintances of victims, a tactic designed to elicit details or to convey adverse reports. Furthermore, many emails sent to Joe Moreno have been paraded on his primary website in a manner that does not inspire universal approval. Those emails include some from the son of Robert Priddy dated January 2005. The non-devotee Kai Nicolai Priddy objected to being drawn into stigmatising web coverages along with his ex-devotee father. He repeatedly requested that his image and personal information should be deleted from the primary Moreno website saisathyasai.com. The Moreno responses were aggressive, and unyielding with regard to the image of the protester. Moreno excused his action in this respect by arguing that he had merely published a screen capture of a public domain image”.

Moreno stoops so low as to cause great concern to a young child (and of course his extended family and friends) by putting up his photo and naming him in multiple references, all the while severely defaming his father (myself). What child (indeed what adult) does not query his or her name, and the name of this or that friend, in an internet search engine? As typical of his attacks on many others, Moreno gets facts wrong such as the child’s age, making the child appear older than he is. Of course, a child of any age should not be drawn into such matters. That he would draw sobbing tears from a child by associating his name with Sathya Sai Baba related matters is despicable, and indeed seriously unbalanced. Yet he is a known associate of those closely associated with Sathya Sai Baba. How can it be said that these individuals – for example, those associated with the saibabaofindia group and key followers elsewhere – are following his teachings of Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right Conduct), Shanti (Peace), Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non Violence)?

Unfortunately, the internet is a ‘wild west’, and frequently prevents actions against libel, defamation and other forms of abuse. Our formal complaints to internet authorities and the police about Moreno’s conduct have proved fraught with difficulties. Particularly, these relate to the anarchic state of the world wide web. Internet freedom is treasurable, but unlike democratic freedoms and norms, where there are legal and other measures of accountability, it can transgress against the most fundamental civilities and ethical responsibilities. There is a place for robust, even painful debate. But, characteristically, the internet tolerates far more than this. It is the magnet for those hellbent on causing hell for others.

Moreno’s myriad and unrelenting ploys include taking a fact or a half-truth and twisting it in hostile and extreme degree, and in putting worst-case constructs on facts for which commonsense alone would suggest alternative explanations. Whatever does not meet with his interpretation is branded a lie and a deception. He attacks virtually every individual who has another view on Sathya Sai Baba. His language is full of denigration and heat. When Sathya Sai Baba’s failed prophecy, made on his 60th birthday, that he would not age thereafter is pointed out, Moreno calls foul, calls us ageist, and puts up photographic proof of the ageing process in the Sai Baba critic. As usual, he misses the point. But then, such gross distortions abound in his writings.

In short, it is simply not possible for a Sathya Sai Baba devotee genuinely following his or her guru’s teachings to agree with his conduct. Strangely, one of his plethora of internet sites is named: Love, Light and Spirituality.

Robert Priddy has recently posted the articles:

Guru-buster Premanand exposed Gerald Moreno

Posted by robertpriddy on July 14, 2010

and:

Gerald Moreno: straw man fallacy re Conny Larsson, Sanjay Dadlani etc.

In the latter article, he writes:

“The logical fallacies that Moreno does not employ cannot be listed, as there seem to be none. He is the great proponent of argumentum ad hominem and equally the straw man argument. This fallacy is one of his most basic crutches. The Straw Man fallacy occurs when one ignores a person’s actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position through a false association to other persons or standpoints. For example, it works thus:

Robert Priddy states x
Conny Larsson states x, but also y
Therefore Priddy supports y!
Sanjay Dadlani stands for x and y
Priddy endorses Dadlani’s stand on x
Therefore Priddy endorses y!
Kevin R.D. Shepherd is against x
Priddy is also against x
Therefore Kevin R.D. Shepherd is for what Priddy is for!

One can substitute for x and y all manner of specific terms, as Moreno does ad lib. All such ‘arguments’ are completely fallacious conclusions – there is no common middle term in any argument”.

For many years, Robert Priddy headed the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway. He is a retired academic in philosophy and the social sciences, University of Oslo. His articles for ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, Sathya Sai Baba’s official publication that goes round the world, were highly regarded by its editor V.K.Narasimhan (who had been one of India’s greatest newspaper editors). See my article:

Robert Priddy (3) Friendship With V.K. Narasimhan

For Priddy in relationship to his long years of friendship with V.K. Narasimhan, See:

V.K. Narasimhan on the 1993 Sathya Sai Baba murders

Posted by robertpriddy on April 22, 2010

A fairly recent Priddy blog on Moreno was:

Gerald Moreno: absurd screencap fraud claims contra Priddy

Posted by robertpriddy on May 27, 2010

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Further Reading

Wikipedia entry under: Robert Priddy

My Credo

His Blogsite

His Website

‘Robert Priddy Not Exposed’ blog

Australian scholar Brian Steel on Moreno

Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue.
The pro-Sathya Sai Baba Campaign of Gerald (‘Joe’) Moreno
. Brian Steel    December 2007  (Updated March 2008)

Independent British author on religion and philosophy on Moreno

Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno

Alan Kazlev, who had a serious change of mind about Moreno

Gerald “Joe” Moreno. A case study of a Sai Baba fanatic

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More Testimony To Male Sexual Abuse By Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 1, 2010

In the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, international coordinators such as Glen Meloy (deceased), Robert Priddy, Hari Sampath (in the earlier stages) and I have had a work which we never would have wished upon ourselves. To be privy to the direct accounts of those whom Sathya Sai Baba has terribly abused (sexually and in other ways), and to process still many more such harrowing accounts in the form of written testimony, has not been easy. (Not to mention other demanding aspects). Yet, there is the sense of great privilege of service to one’s fellow human beings, and that whatever skills one has have been able to be exercised for the good. Every year that passes will vindicate our stand against all the cover up and lack of accountability and transparency by Sathya Sai Baba and his international Sathya Sai Organization. As this organization knows to its great coast, many people have left it after they have found – including by conspicuously alternate routes to internet revelations or our own organized network – appalling revelations. Not untypically, these discoveries occur via experience of local centers. Some of these have, after extensive discussion and deep sadness, disbanded.

Below, Sebastian Engelbarts  of The Netherlands relates his account of abuse experiences at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba.  My close colleague Robert Priddy made all due effort to apprise Sebastian of what going public can invoke – as indeed is our strict practice with others in touch with us with their accounts – and the latter decided that he had the resolve necessary to withstand come-what-may. 

I need hardly point out that, over several years, many testimonies have been shared with us with the request that they be kept confidential, and Robert Priddy and I (in our role of coordinators) – or others along a supportive network, often professional in background – have respected this. Other Sathya Sai Baba abuse survivors have stated that they would wish only to make public their experiences in the context of investigation by, for example, a respected organization such as the BBC, Times of London, TelegraphThe GuardianUNESCO, Interpol, etc.’ and/or by a court of law in a democratic country. 

I wish to add – as often – that,  for those who wish to avail themselves of legal or counseling services, we are happy to assist in obtaining these in the context of international best practice, with all the proper guarantees of accountability. In genuine circumstances of need, professionals in these areas can look to fee modification or waiver. Those who may wish to support in any way a well-mounted legal action against the international Sathya Sai Organization, can contact Robert Priddy or myself, and we can refer to leading international legal personnel. It can be assured that this cause is both profoundly just and compelling. A similar situation obtains in ensuring counseling facilities for those individuals and families whose lives have been shattered by their past association with Sathya Sai Baba and his cult.

Just some of the recurrent themes have included: 

attacks on the integrity of every individual who has stood forth, calling for proper, third-party government, police and legal enquiry into allegations against Sathya Sai Baba and the international Sathya Sai Baba Organization

– the testimony to the genuineness of the abuse survivors by family, friends and those who have long known them

– the unceasing testimony spanning decades, which keeps on coming to the present

– the way in which much testimony has often come from those who have no knowledge of each others’ experiences

the wide number of countries from which the survivors and witnesses have come

– the decades of dedicated service of many former devotees who have stood forth, and their long records of service in their professions, trades and wider communities

– evidence coming from those who came to grief with Sathya Sai Baba but who were never devotees or any part of his organization

– our failure thus far to mount any successful case in India, because of the sheer, well-nigh inconceivable extent of Sathya Sai Baba’s clout right across party political, governmental, police, legal and other power sectors.  See my article:  

Why Has Sathya Sai Baba Not Faced The Indian Justice System?  Posted by Barry Pittard on January 14, 2010

– the abject failure of office bearers (except those many who have left on matter of ethical principle because of these issues) in the Sathya Sai Organization to evince duty of care and accountability. This fact bears the most striking resemblance to other institutional cover ups, about some of which I have written. See:

  • Typical Testimony of Sathya Sai Baba’s Sex Abuse of Young Males
  • Is Heat Too Much For Swami Nityananda, Under Fire By Sex Abuse Allegations?
  • Boy Scouts of America – Sex Abuse Revelations. Who Next?
  • Sexual Abuse Priests. What?! The Pope Never Knew?
  • Why Nithyananda Sex Scandal Investigations and Not A Sathya Sai Baba Probe?
  • Roman Catholics’ Deep Concern At Pope’s Apology. But He Is Way Ahead Of Indian ‘Pope’ Sathya Sai Baba
  • BBC Transcript ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sathya Sai Baba’s Frauds Exposed)
  • Nityananda Sex Scandal Erupts in India. Sathya Sai Baba Lessons?
  • Standing Up To Cultic Monoliths. (Sathya Sai Baba
  • Ireland Acts On Clergy Sexual Abuse. India Does Not Act On Sathya Sai Baba
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    My experiences with – and observations of – Sathya Sai Baba

    Date: 03-02-10

    By Sebastian Engelbarts
    The Netherlands.

    In August and September of 2009 I went to India. I have been travelling to India 12 times since 1990. The first few trips my only goal was to go to Sai Baba. Later I also travelled to other places, all over India. All in all, I think I have spent at least one year in Prashanti Nilayam, spread over those almost 20 years.

    At age 14 in 1975, I was initiated in Transcendental Meditation (TM), from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I did the advanced course, called Siddhi Course, at age 17.

    Though they still tell you that TM will bring you enlightenment, I am certain that it doesn’t. But in the beginning I eagerly believed that at age 21, I would be enlightened. I meditated regularly in the beginning years, TM brings you a lot of inner peace, but there is a lack of evaluating your experiences and life. To me it was a sort of wild growth. Being raised with TM, reading books of Rajneesh, Yogananda and all the books that come on your path, I was already being indoctrinated with the Indian way of looking at saints and sages, i.e. with reference, but without sound research and reasoning. This was because of my age, I guess.

    So from age 21 (1982) up to 1990, I was struggling my way through life. At the end of 1989, a friend of mine told me to go and see Sathya Sai Baba. I knew nothing about him, I only knew what he looked like, because somewhere down the years I saw a picture of him and remembered his name. He also gave me a picture of swami that had a text saying “No one can come to me unless it’s my will”. So this was my second conditioning. I prayed to Sai Baba to please let me come and I promised I would stay for 3 months.

    So early 1990 I went to India. Once in the ashram I was immediately caught by his books, all telling about the satpoorna  (full) avatar. I remember that I thought ‘if this would only be true, how fortunate am I and the people here in the ashram: An accumulation of many lives of hard spiritual work, now we are here in the presence of God himself.’ And here it seemed they had rules and regulations, I was missing in TM, and with love as its core.

    I wasn’t particularly proud of myself, for all the things I had done wrong for the past few years. So trying to make up for it, I lined up everyday, but always hid behind someone else, because he could see right through me, I thought.

    Six weeks passed and I had made a lot of western friends, as in the beginning I would walk up to anybody I saw going in for interview. So I heard a lot of amazing stories, saw all kinds of rings, necklaces etc.

    I was in a Dutch group hoping for an interview and we got one after six weeks. But just some days before, a Swiss girl, who I thought was well balanced, she was a nurse and wasn’t much a person of outer appearance, had an interview with a Swiss group. She told me that Sai Baba scolded her for not dressing up properly, although all parts of her body were covered according to the rules. The only thing I saw was that she was wearing wide pants instead of a sari and the colours had faded from all the washing. She was devastated and so was I for her.

    One or two days previous to our interview, an Argentinean group had an interview. A guy called R., was constantly harassing Sai Baba for interviews and successfully, as I saw Argentinians getting a lot of interviews, thanks to him. I think he was gay (I could not make it out, but one of the Argentinean girls told me), so I won’t mention his name, but I think it is important for the rest of the story.

    So the Argentineans all walked up to the veranda, preparing for the interview. One Argentinean woman was not paying attention and only after somebody told her, she walked towards the veranda. Swami, by then, had finished his walkabout (darshan) and saw her walking towards the veranda. Then in a very cruel way he said to her ‘kssjjjt’, as if he was chasing away a dog. The woman, between 30 and 40 years of age, was shocked and walked back in disbelief. As she was walking back, you saw she was doubting whether this was meant for her, so she turned around and walked towards the veranda again. Then swami repeated his “ksssjjjt’ and she walked out crying. I was thinking to myself, that if he would do that to me, I would instantly drop dead on the spot, unable to bear something like that.

    So, once in my room, I prayed to him not to chase me away like that, if we had an interview, but instead for him to treat me like he was my father. I was also asked, previously to the interview, by a lot of western guys to come with them to Goa. It was tempting, but I promised swami I would stay for 3 months. So I also prayed he would give me an answer as to whether I could go or not.

    So, then finally after six weeks we got the interview. I was shaking and as I sat down on the veranda, I did not look at him, pretending not to see him in case he was going to chase me away. Once in the interview room I found myself sitting very near to swami, only an older Indian Dutchman in front of me. At least I had someone to hide behind a little, as he was not very tall. From what I have been reading lately on exbaba.com, he has the habit of walking to the fan, turning it on, as if making it comfortable, but also to take 2 vibhuti pills (‘holy ash’) , that are put there by one of his inner circle. He did the same thing at the beginning of the interview. He was already sitting and instead of asking the person sitting under the switch, he himself got up and turned it on. Walking back he materialized vibhuti twice, as there were a lot of women. All in all I estimated the gathering to consist of about 40 people; a Dutch group, a Swedish group and several Indians. Later on I started seeing that he has more of such routines.

    After distributing vibhuti only to the women, he sat down. Then he shifted the attention to the back (one of his routines), asking a woman about her sight. She said she was happy with what she still could see. It turned out she had only about 15% sight in both her eyes. I never noticed. But he knew or was it a lucky guess or had he watched them while they were going in?

    She was in my group for 2 weeks, but I couldn’t tell and she was always walking hand in hand with a girl friend. So swami ‘knew’ and ‘materialized’ a lingam. Explaining that it was the universe etc. He then, very proudly, showed it to everybody and said it had identical sides, that nowhere in nature this could be found, only God can make this. He gave it to her and told her to put it in a glass of water and drink the water daily.

    Somehow this is contradictory to what he tells, that god doesn’t go against his own laws, yet for an ardent devotee who deserves it, he will make it out of nothing. Otherwise he would transfer it from somewhere. He obviously violated his own law, because he said that nowhere in nature it could be found. So he must have created it from nothing. Why, was she that special? Maybe, I don’t know.

    Then again he shifted the attention to the back, asking a young Indian boy about his stomach. The boy said that he had no problems with his stomach. Swami said ‘yes, yes, not good’ and materialized a golden ring with a diamond. He explained that the diamond stood for ‘die mind’. He then called the boy to the front and placed it on his finger. It fitted and swami said ‘See, swami always makes perfect fit’. As I read more stories, this isn’t always the case, to put it mildly. Didn’t he know the stomach was ok, or didn’t the boy know about his bad stomach? Then turning to me, he said “what do you want?’ I said ‘just your blessing’ and he hit me on the head quite firmly.

    Why did he shift attention all the way to the back, so that everybody would look around?  Did they just happened to sit there, or did he need some time to grab behind his cushion?

    The old Indian-Dutch man in front of me was so incredibly excited, that he couldn’t keep quiet. Sai Baba several times told him to shut up and otherwise didn’t pay attention to him at all.

    Then swami got up and opened the door to his private interview room and invited all of us in. As I had already been sitting in the front and as I was one of the first to enter the private interview room, I thought about letting others sit in front instead. So I entered, made a left turn to go and sit against the wall, away from his chair. He suddenly turned around and said “No, no, you come”. He took me by the hand as he walked towards his chair. He held my hand while sitting down and placed his right foot exactly on my penis and pushed me down, all the while keeping his foot there, till I was sitting. He held my hand, stroked my arm, ran his fingers through my hair, pulled my nose and my cheeks. I wasn’t shocked, but I knew it was not an accident, that he placed his foot there. So this was going through my mind and also I felt awkward and embarrassed sitting there at his feet, him caressing me, while others were sitting at least 2 meters from him. He was treating me like a father, wasn’t he? Fond of his son.

    I was also thinking, ‘shouldn’t I be feeling something, sitting here hand-in-hand with the lord of the universe’? He was talking away, while I was feeling embarrassed. Why did I have this good fortune? I didn’t live an exemplary life, on the contrary. As I was pondering about what was going on, he turned to me and said,  “Where is your wife?” I said in Holland. He said, “Is it your wife or your girlfriend?” I said ‘it is my girlfriend’. He said “Not good, two boyfriends, but she has got only one heart”. And it was true. Just before I left for India, I found out that my girlfriend, since I was a mess, was seeing a former boyfriend. But why these questions? Was he checking me out if I was available or did he know? What was the importance whether she was my wife or not? Did he know or did he guess, since I was not wearing a wedding ring? Did he know she was seeing her old boyfriend or was he trying to put doubts in my mind? To me it seemed later that it is one of his routines to ask questions, so it doesn’t matter what answer comes, yes, no, maybe. Your mind always finds a way to fit it in somewhere, thinking that it is that, what he is referring to. Then he talked away again and again turning to me saying “Time waste, money waste, too many women”. I thought to myself, time waste is correct, money waste also. From my viewpoint it was true, from his viewpoint it is true for all westerners. You’re supposed to think of God 24/7, if not, it’s time waste. Money waste is also true for all westerners, since he says you need only one pair of shoes. All westerners have more than one pair of shoes.

    But then ‘too many women?’ That was not true. I was sort of a handsome guy, but I was, until then, not so much interested in women. I was too busy sorting out life. If I look back, at the time I was with Baba, I was 29, looking younger, there were enough women who were interested in me. I let almost all of them pass by. So this, about too many women, was puzzling to me. But isn’t sex quite normal in the west and for sort of a handsome guy, already living for 29 years, I could have had enough sex. But I wasn’t that much interested. A few years later I made up for this, so I was telling myself that it was that what he was referring to. That I would have a lot of women in the future. The mind can bend everything in any direction, if you’re not facing the facts.

    After sitting like this for maybe 20 minutes, Sai Baba took us back to the first interview room and now as I was leaving the room as the last person, again I was sitting in front of swami, as his chair is near to the door. 

    He then asked if there were any questions. One Swedish boy told swami that he had an accident with his motorbike. Swami immediately reacted, saying “Yes, yes, I know. Terrible accident, but I was there, I saved you”. Did he? Then why didn’t he avoid the plane crash at Bangalore airport in February 1990. It was a plane from Indian Airlines, a domestic flight from Bombay, in which there were several devotees, who died.

    I can recall an interview somebody told me about. When I asked about it, the guy told me that there was an old Indian man, grief stricken, as he had sent his son to ask Baba some things. He was in the plane that crashed and when he asked Baba about it, he said “don’t worry he is with me now and he’s fine”. So, if you don’t die, he saved you and if you die, nobody has to worry, because he is with swami now. It’s that simple.

    Anyway, about the Swedish boy. He had been in the hospital for 10 months and he had undergone multiple surgeries. They were planning more surgeries, but gave him a break, so he could recover first. He asked swami whether he should have more surgeries and swami said “No, no, I will take care of you”. I have met the guy several times since. In the beginning he was accessible, although difficult. But after a few years he didn’t talk to anybody anymore. He looked extremely unhappy, depressed, and angry. I think after ’98 I haven’t seen him again.

    After he finished the conversation with the Swedish boy, he told the group that he would be leaving for Brindavan and asked if we were all coming with him. Then he looked at me specifically and said “Are you coming with swami to Brindavan, it’s such an opportunity for you to be with swami”. So here was the answer. I wasn’t supposed to go to Goa, but to stay with him. He knew about my promise, didn’t he? Or was it for some other reason. Before leaving the interview, a lot of people took out a picture and swami wrote on it ‘With love, Baba’.

    As I didn’t have a picture of swami, I took out a picture from my money belt. It was a picture of my son, who was 3 years old. I gave it to swami upside down, but somehow he saw, probably because of the photographic paper, that it was different. He turned it around and as he saw it wasn’t a picture of himself, he threw it on the floor before me in a kind of angry way. He could have given it back in a decent way as I was only sitting 1 meter in front of him. Why did he reject it this way, rejecting my son like that? Was this the same man, who just before, had overwhelmed me with his love? The days after the interview I was drained of energy, depressed, feeling nothing had changed.

    A lot of Dutch people were going home, so we decided to form an international group and went to Brindavan. There were Swiss, Australian, British, German and Dutch in our group.

    In our group was a British guy, called Keith. His story is also on the Internet (http://213.10.134.161/rvdsandt/ex-baba/engels/witnesses/keith.html). He had told me that he had come to Sai Baba to find out what had happened between his boyfriend and Sai Baba in 1989, who had several interviews with swami but on returning home to the UK, he committed suicide. During my stay in Puttaparthi, I hung out with Keith a very handsome, beautifully built, dark skinned young man. We lined up together and one time we were in row 8 somewhere, as swami walked by. He looked at Keith and then at me and again at Keith and called him in for an interview. Afterwards Keith told me that swami had no time for him now, but he would have another interview soon.

    I was puzzled as to why swami invited Keith instead of me or the both of us, for he looked some time at the both of us. It started to dawn on me that it looked like swami had a very good eye for gay man. I started paying attention to this and over several years found out that when he singled out men, a lot of times they were gay. After the interviews to these men, I went up to them asking about the interview. On many occasions they had been given rings, a lot of times a silver ring with an enamel portrait of swami. Keith had one.

    I realize that it could be a coincidence: that it just happened by chance when I was around.

    Anyway, after maybe two weeks while we were in Brindavan, the international group got an interview along with a Dutch group. Alexandra Nagel was in that interview, as well as Keith.

    I don’t know how it happened, but again I was sitting right in front of swami. I wasn’t doing it on purpose as my mind was blank of any elation. In this interview men and women were not sitting separately and swami didn’t distribute vibhuti.

    Swami again started off with shifting the attention to the back by asking an old Dutch lady, who was over 80, how her legs were. As she didn’t understand English, somebody had to translate it for her and as she answered the translator back and he was ready to give swami the answer, he was already involved in a conversation with us young boys in the front. I thought to myself that it wasn’t very decent, he seemed not at all interested in her answer. So the translator never gave her answer. I thought to myself, here they are, two ladies well over their eighties, very religious. They were raised as Christians, but it could never satisfy their needs. Then they read a book about Sai Baba and found what they were missing. Their children paid for their tickets and they came together with a Dutch group. Here they are in the interview room, being asked a question, but never being able to answer it. Incredible. Did he again need some time to grab behind his cushion, by shifting the attention to the back?

    He said to a Dutch guy next to me ‘Oh! You have a ring, let me see. Oh! Picture of swami,  how nice. Give it to me.’ But the ring had been given to the guy by swami in a previous interview, why did he act so surprised? Was it because on the market you could buy the same rings and he didn’t remember the guy anymore after seeing so many people every day? Anyway, by then I had read many stories about how he changes rings. So I thought, now I will be witnessing one. He took the ring and I was focused on his hands. To my utter astonishment he buried the ring in his right palm, leaned forward, shuffled his right hand behind his left arm, almost entirely against the left side of the chair and kept his hand there for a while. I could not see his right hand anymore as he was leaning forward towards the guy, who was sitting, seen from his side, on the left. And his left arm was also blocking his right hand. Now I was completely crazed. Here I am sitting, one meter in front of swami, an opportunity of a lifetime event and now he starts playing tricks on me. Finally he drew back his hand and kept it in front of us, but still covering it in his palm, he blew three times on his hand and out came a golden ring with three diamonds. He asked the guy if he wanted the ring twice. The guy responded twice ‘whatever you want swami’. Then he put down his hand again, but I didn’t pay attention anymore, as I was too much in my head. He again blew three times on his hand and out came the same old ring.

    After all this, swami stood up and called a 26 year good looking guy from the UK into his private room, behind a curtain. Don’t remember his name. From where I was sitting, I could peak through the curtain. Swami was facing my way and the guy was standing with his back towards me. I saw them standing close together, but could not see what was happening. Swami looked at me, knew I could see them, but he wasn’t bothered by it. When the guy came out, he called me in. I kneeled before him and he put his hand on my shoulder. He asked when I would be leaving and that he would see me again before I was going. This never happened.

    Once the interview was over, we all wanted to know what swami had said to the English guy, but he remained silent for three days, only talking to his girlfriend. Finally after 3 days, he came out with the story. Swami had asked him to lower his pants and as he hesitated, swami told him not to worry as he created him. So he lowered his pants and swami oiled his genitals. At this certain point, he was ok with it, because swami had probably healed him. 

    One year later I went back to India and I ran in to Hari from Australia, who was also in our international group, the previous year. Hari told me about Keith who had several interviews in private and that in one interview swami took his hand and put it between swami’s legs and Keith felt female genitalia. Than he had to do padnamaskar (touch his feet) and as he got up, swami again took his hand and Keith felt an erected penis. I don’t know if anything more had happened, but Hari told me that whenever Keith went for darshan afterwards, he held up his necklace with a cross on it, whenever swami walked by. He thought swami was some sort of devil; Ravana.

    By this time I was really getting worried, as evidence was mounting and was told by people with whom I was sharing rooms, lining up and spending my days with. What to do?

    I found out that Hislop was in the ashram. I read some of his books and knew he was close to swami. He also used to be the first TM teacher in the US way back in the sixties, before he met Sai Baba. Maharishi had spent some time at his home in the US. One day I saw him in the southern canteen, I walked up to him and asked him whether I could ask him some questions. “Of course”, he said, “Shoot.” So I asked him about all the confessions of the rituals regarding the oiling of male genitalia, swami’s transformation from female to male etc. He obviously hadn’t expected these questions, so he became quite uncomfortable. He didn’t answer my questions, but stated the following, “There is no doubt in my mind that swami is divine.” I asked him what swami thought of Maharishi and TM and the Siddhi Course. He said that swami told several people to stop this meditation. Swami also told a couple who had learned how to teach other people TM that they should stop as they were not able to teach meditation. And that the Siddhi Course was children playing with fire. But the same swami tells people in interviews not to go to any other gurus, and why go to these human gurus if you can have God as your guru, thus referring to himself. The other ones were money gurus and he was not. Now we know better.

    On that same trip, we went to Brindavan before going to Kodaikanal. In Brindavan in a weekend at morning darshan, there was an Indian couple. Their baby was very ill, it seemed lifeless. Everybody was upset and eagerly waiting for swami to help them out. As swami came out, he totally ignored the pleas of the couple and of all the other devotees who wanted him to help them out. The couple stayed all day and in the evening darshan he again completely ignored them and went back to his living quarters. I don’t exactly know what happened to the couple. But I do know that there was an interview for all the westerners some days later, where he told a story about a mayor and a lawyer, who were in full control of a village and they ripped people off and disowned people from their property. It seemed that he was referring to the woman and the child in a previous life and that their suffering was self-inflicted. But that we, mere humans, could not oversee the whole picture but he could, so he was not moved by their despair. What grandeur!

    We went to Kodaikanal, where again all the westerners were called in for interview.  He scolded us for sleeping around, man and women sharing rooms. That he disapproved of all such things. But since there was no accommodation other than hotels, private homes, of course people who knew each other shared rooms, to cut down the costs. Prices were high, when swami was around. Even I shared rooms with women and men, but it was not a sexual thing at all. Maybe some people slept around. But what a generalisation and again a putting down of sincere seekers.

    In1992 I went to Puttaparthi again, but I wasn’t able to line up anymore. I kept to myself and didn’t return before 1997.

    At home I tried to live up to his rules, but I found it completely impossible. I went to groups, singing bhajans, but after 3 times of bhajans, I was fed up. We in the west have such beautiful classical and modern music. Do we have to end up singing these simple songs, about myriad aspects of God, over and over again? I didn’t like them and compared to western music it was utterly boring. I also couldn’t stand all the stories that were told during these meetings, but from people lacking experiences, just parroting stories.

    However, after I left in 1992, I started a company and it rocketed sky-high for several years. Of course we, by then my wife and I, having 2 children, dedicated this to swami. So, we were trying in this way to help people. But in 1996 my wife left me, for she had married her first real boyfriend. She wanted some more experiences. My whole world collapsed. I found myself in an isolated position, as her father and her new boyfriend were working in our company and turned against me. So again being a complete mess I went to India in 1997. By that time I was really angry with swami for destroying my life. If you take one step towards me, I will take a hundred steps towards you. I took hundreds of steps, drove hundreds of kilometers, flew thousand kilometers to him, but still not a single step did he take towards me.

    He claims: “If you shed one tear for me, I will wipe a hundred from your cheeks.” I’ve shed thousands of tears, not one was wiped of my cheek. “No leaf will fall from a tree, unless it’s my will.” So ruining my life happens because of his will. Thank you very much.

    If he asks you a question, no answer will do, you’re always wrong. Even if he asks you the same question the next day and you repeat his answer to the question, he comes up with a different answer. You’re always wrong, everything you do is wrong. He is constantly putting you down and saying that he is the sole solution. You become dependent, depressed and insecure. Though in your prayers you don’t ask for wealth, but for a good heart, character etc. nothing happens. You wait and wait and wait, but nothing is going to happen.

    For women it’s even harder, he most of the time completely ignores them. Using phrases like “Wife, knife”. WIFE meaning, “Worries Invited For Ever.”

    But still I was doubting myself, so here I was again in Puttaparthi in 1997, looking at this clown in his orange robe. After 2 days I told swami in my mind that if he would not let me meet people I know, I would leave. For I knew nobody anymore. So what happened, I met the beautiful family that I also met in 1990. Swami’s grace or coincidence?  This family looked to me like the perfect Sai family. They were leading a centre, wrote and played their own bhajans. They came for the ultimate proof, that Sai Baba was what he and the parrots said he was. This was the family which the BBC documentary “The Secret Swami” is largely about. I saw them getting interviews, I saw most of the rings, necklaces, earrings, watches. But I never really knew how it ended, because I left before they did. After seeing the movie, I realised that they had their ultimate proof, but in what a sad way. They were so nice and willing to do anything for swami and he destroyed them. I am fully convinced of the integrity of this family.

    From ’97 till 2002 I went back to Puttaparthi once or twice a year. Every time I was there, I thought ‘what am I doing here?’. I hardly lined up to get to be at his ‘darshan’ and when I did, all the time I would see his vibhuti routine. Coming out from his living quarters, he was always lifting his robe a little with his left hand, so he could keep his hand closed. Then he takes letters with his right hand and puts them in his left hand. Then he walks on, but now without holding his robe, because now he has the letters in his left hand and uses them to keep his hand closed. He walks over to someone and you can see his right hand going to his left, to take the vibhuti pill from underneath the letters, but he always manages to distract people, so they look at his face. Unless you know. When he transfers the vibhuti, you can see the fingers of his right hand are closed together and very soon he materializes vibhuti. After this, as he walks on, the fingers of his right are spread open, because he doesn’t have to hide the vibhuti pill anymore

    Once, as I was sitting in the front row, he accidentally dropped one pill in front of me. Immediately he placed his foot on it to crush it and looked at me with a big smile. As he moved on, the Indians got up to pick some of it and put it on their forehead.

    At that time I also thought, why aren’t we hearing anymore about the water projects and of more seva (service) projects. But instead we see him spending a lot of money on the hundreds of festivals. Not for his sake of course, but out of his love for the people that are gathered around him. This was not very motivating to people who were willing to do seva and spend their money and time to the sick and needy.

    In 2009, on my last visit, I stayed in Puttaparthi for about 10 days, outside of the ashram. I only once walked in and sat down on the mandir ‘temple compound’. Swami was sitting there in his wheelchair. After 2 minutes, I got up and left. Was this the same swami, who said that one day we would only see him as an orange spot in the far distance, for there would be vast crowds? Was this the swami that would live till 96 years of age? Was this the avatar who said that it was not in his nature to fail his mission, which is to restore Dharma and that nobody could stop him?

    Finally somebody outside told me a little about what had happened to ‘the perfect sai family’ I met in ’90 and ’97. Once home I finally went to the site exbaba.com which I had been avoiding since swami’s outrage in 2000, where he told his followers “Not internet but innernet” about the liars and that we ought not to talk about these things. I saw the movie ‘The Secret Swami’. I read a lot of articles and finally everything fell in place. I had been stubbornly ignoring all the signals for the past 20 years. I can tell so much more, but I will end here. For I think swami is not capable of his sexual misbehaviour any more and I would not be surprised if he were to die soon.

    My final conclusion. I don’t believe swami is omniscient, omnipotent nor omnipresent. He is clever and cunning and has a good eye for deceiving people. He mostly asks questions and it doesn’t matter what answer you give, he will end up saying ‘I know’. I’ve seen so many materialisations, but the ones I saw from close by, were all fake ones. As were the so-called diamonds. I’ve seen diamond rings with scratches from the concrete, as people were getting up. Only diamonds can scratch diamonds, not concrete or sand or whatever.

    Before any materialization, he shifts the attention away from him and his hands. It seems to me that he hates women and mostly ignores them, treats them badly and talks bad about them. Indeed he is only interested in younger males and they get a lot of attention in interviews and he is abusing them. I think he has a good eye for gay men. I think villagers know about these things and there are not many that believe in him. But they keep quiet out of fear for the police and because the westerners are their source of income. I believe he is somehow connected to the murders and if he were omniwhatever, he would have foreseen it and could have set an example of ‘love thy enemy’. How can any devotee ever think that the murders were part of his Divine Play (i.e. leelas!). But many of us, including myself, always find some satisfying inner answer. Again, the mind can do it all.

    At the beginning of my first trip, I met two Italian boys, somewhere in their mid-twenties. One boy was called Francesco and he was a very good looking boy. He told us about his private interviews with Sai Baba. In one of his private interviews Baba gave him an amount of money. By now, we all know why. Obviously to keep him silent, because we, mere mortals, would not understand. In one of his interviews swami said to the boy that he had been Saint Francis of Assisi in a previous life.

    On my second trip, one year later, Francesco was still hanging around and had met an Indian girl from Singapore. When the Singapore group got an interview, the girl told swami that she had met a boy and that she asked swami whether if he was fit for her. Swami asked for the boys name and she said it was Francesco. Then swami in a loud voice said ‘no, he is worse than a dog’. Many times swami says that dogs at least have reason and season. So being worse than a dog means, having sex without reason and season. Does Sai Baba  have reason and season, while taking advantage of young boys?  You can judge.

    After my last visit (2009), I started reading everything I could find on the internet and after seeing ‘the secret swami’, I was fully convinced that I had been deluded, for the past 20 years. I have to say I was a willing victim, in denial of all criticism and my own experiences and observations.

    However, one thing was still bothering me. Somewhere between 1997 and the year 2000, I met a family, who wish to stay anonymous. Their daughter had become very ill in India. Being completely dehydrated, the parents feared for her life. While the mother was staying in their apartment inside the ashram, the father and son went for morning darshan. They were sitting in the front line, opposite to where I was sitting. As swami walked by, the son told him, that his sister was very sick. Swami walked on, but 5 metres further he stopped and summoned the boy to come forward. He materialised vibhuti and gave it to the boy. They brought it to the girl.

    In the afternoon darshan, again they were sitting in front line and again I had a clear view of them. As swami came out, he walked straight up to them and asked about the girl. She wasn’t any better. He then materialised, as the father told me, something that looked like a tablet, not vibhuti. They gave it to the girl and she got a little better.
    By at that time I was about to leave for home and in my mind swami performed a miracle, by curing the girl. In my mind, I was completely convinced he had healed her. However, I never had any contact anymore with the family, so I couldn’t check the details.

    So after reading on the Internet the testimonials of ex-devotees and watching all the movies of the testimonies I could find, it became clear to me, that I never ever had seen any miracle. By now I convinced that swami had no powers whatsoever, at least he did not have them during  those 20 years I was there.

    But there was still this memory about the girl that got healed. Through sending e-mails to several people, I got hold of the father and I asked, if he could clarify me on this point. He then told me that the girl got a little better, but at home they had to contact a regular doctor, for her full recovery. I asked the father what he thought about the whole act. He had come to the same conclusion as I had, even though I had not told him mine, because in no way I wanted to influence his insight. Only afterwards I told him of the fact that I had come to the same conclusion.

    Our conclusion; as swami walked past the boy, who told him about his sister, he had to walk a little further, for he hadn’t yet transferred the vibhuti tablet from his left to his right hand and when he had done so, he called the boy forward. In the evening darshan, as he walked straight towards them, he had pharmaceutical tablet, probably from one of his doctors and he wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. It didn’t heal the girl, it just helped her to get back home and visit a regular doctor. The family, throughout the years was witness to a lot of fake materialisations. They considered it a test of their faith. But after this incident however,  they lost all faith and interest in swami and have moved on since, with a life without swami.
    So far for the lord’s healing powers. 

    I thank everyone who came forward with stories and movies. I am specially thankful for ‘The Secret Swami’ as that movie finally opened my eyes. I wish all of them well. I remember the phrase of the son in the movie saying ‘any life is better than a life with Sai Baba’. And what about Baba’s saying ‘No one can fathom my grandeur’. Grandeur of what? The cheating, the molestations, the murders, the money wasted? I don’t want to fathom such grandeur. 

    Greetings, Sebastian.

    (Sebastian Engelbarts, Holland)

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    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
    Excerpt From Public Petition

    (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

    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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    Questioning Sathya Sai Baba and His Global Cult Is Not A Smear Campaign

    Posted by Barry Pittard on January 30, 2010

    I direct my readers’ attention to Robert Priddy’s latest post, which refers to Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno, who, for several years, has been assisted by those notable in the Sathya Sai Organization and, in some cases, closely connected with Sathya Sai Baba:  

    Not a ’smear campaign’ against Sathya Sai Baba

    Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2010

    Robert Priddy, former long-time leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization and retired academic from the University of Oslo, rightly says that there is:

    “a massive  smear campaign directed against me, Barry Pittard and every single critic of Sathya Sai Baba by the foremost Internet defender of Sathya Sai Baba, his organization and all persons positively connected with him. This is the work of the Las Cruces, New Mexico resident, Gerald Moreno, of no known profession or qualifications other than a huge propensity for denial of facts, obsessive attempts to insult and assassinate the characters of all against whom he takes exception. That we have not held him legally accountable is primarily due to the waste of time, energy and money it would involve to give such attention to this nonentity, whose campaign is easily seen by anyone of independent mind or common sense to be a self-defeating exercise. For example, he defends the convicted rapist and murderer, Swami Premanand, and defended Sai Baba for some years while actually believing him to be a sexual abuser (he had his own sexual molestation incident with Sai Baba, about which he is in deep denial). Moreno’s efforts only serve to increase the controversy about Sathya Sai Baba and make sure we are active in exposing Sathya Sai Baba further so as not to be swamped out by positive propaganda and smears. See A Formal Open Appeal to the ‘Prashanthi Council “

    Further Reading

    Joint authorship

    The chief pro-Sai cult activist can be evidenced as having association with, and having been assisted by, important members among Sathya Sai Baba’s servitors. See ‘The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign
    See also ‘Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members’

    Robert Priddy Not Exposed

    Robert Priddy (Former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway)

    Fighting Facts with Smears – profile of a web aggressor, Gerald Moreno

    Gerald Moreno and his pathological denial

    International Sai Organization’s clandestine operative

    On Wikipedia issue, See HERE.  Priddy has noted:

    SATHYA SAI BABA’S CHIEF DEFENDER ON THE INTERNET – GERALD ‘JOE’ MORENO WAS FORCED OFF WIKIPEDIA
    BY AN INDEFINITE BAN AGAINST HIM… SUPPORTED UNANIMOUSLY BY ALL SIX ADMINISTRATORS!
    see the ban recorded here (Gerald Moreno = User SSS108)

    In his typical deceptive way, ‘Joe’ Moreno wrote that he had “disengaged from Wikipedia” when he was actually blocked and banned indefinitely for harassing the Wiki-administrator who had already warned him, then blocked him for 24 hours. Subsequently six arbitrators voted to ban Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno (aka SSS108) indefinitely from Wikipedia. So much of Joe’s self-imagined ‘integrity’ – nothing but a sham! He richly earned this with his many hundreds of boorish arguments and proactive entries. He repeatedly removed documented critical entries so as to suppress information and true facts about Sai Baba and worked – as usual – to undermine all critics by his slander. His companion in libel, Lisa de Witt (click here) was also thrown out of Wikipedia!

    Timothy Conway, Ph.D (A former senior leader in the Sathya Sai Organization, USA)

    The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

    Brian D. Steel (An Australian academic)

    Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue

    Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action:  Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno

    Kevin R.D. Shepherd (Independent British author on philosophical and religious issues)

    Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno

    Barry Pittard (Former lecturer Sathya Sai College Whitefield, via Bangalore)

    Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter To Sathya Sai Baba Internet Proxy Gerald Moreno

    The Hislop letters – part one [Timothy Conway on Gerald Moreno]

    Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno and Fact-Changing

    Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

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

    There is a Spanish version available:

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    Michelle Goldberg, US Author-Journalist, on Sathya Sai Baba (1)

    Posted by Barry Pittard on October 8, 2009

    It is one of the gambits of pro Sathya Sai Baba activists like Indulal Shah (when he was active), Dr G.Venkataraman and his virtual counterpart Gerald Moreno, to portray highly reputed media journalists as sensationalist, and so on. In their offensive and denunciatory style, they fail to credit world leading media journalists, and the researchers as well, with a sharp eye and habits of careful checking into the credentials of the former devotees and other critics who have shared their accounts. The journalists work, for example, for the BBC, CBC, CNN, SBS, ABC, India Today, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, The Age, and newspapers in Europe and Canada.

    It is a version of the Orwellian “Four legs good, two legs bad!” In George Orwell’s classic novella ‘Animal Farm’, Rule #1. (for the animals contra the human beings) is:  “Whatever goes upon two feet is an enemy”. In the Venkatarman-Moreno nomenclature:  All former devotees and other critics who dissent from Sathya Sai Baba are wrong. Likewise all highly reputed media who investigate and report critically.

    Both these individuals can be shown conclusively to have borne false witness against former devotees, notwithstanding that the latter have, many of them for decades, been in good standing as deeply committed workers among Sathya Sai Baba’s faithful. Suddenly:  All legs who have not walked away, good. All who have walked away, in dissenting, bad.

    David and Faye Bailey

    In short, individuals like David Bailey and his wife Faye are deemed to be bad. This is a man to whom Sathya Sai Baba gave extraordinarily such grave responsibilities, not only in care, as a lecturer in Music at his university, of students whom Sai Baba holds to be the ‘apple of his eye’, but also in David Bailey’s rare status of  being a travelling emissary at Sai Baba’s behest to various parts of the world. Indeed, it was as he travelled that individuals in good standing would come up and privately share their terrible accounts. But Bailey dissented from Sathya Sai Baba and those core leaders who were found to have been covering up for him for many decades.

    Therefore, Bailey bad. Bailey to be denounced. Bailey to be defamed.

    Faye Bailey, who Sathya Sai Baba chose as bride for David Bailey and himself presided over their wedding, was a widely known and respected figure in the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia. Like David, Faye Bailey was privy to ever-increasing direct, personal accounts of those – or, in other cases, the parents or closely related others – with harrowing accounts of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of boys and young men over many years, and various other most shocking types of abuses more widely. Again, in the Orwellian schemata referred to above, Faye Bailey bad. Faye Bailey to be denounced and defamed.

    For years, people = good, when close to Sathya Sai Baba;  suddenly, as if they have become devils overnight, those same people = bad!

    It has been the discovery of each independent third party like the media mentioned above, and like those independent scholars who have tried to research it, that the Sathya Sai Organization leaders are engaged in a powerful suppression of information about itself, and about the many worldwide allegations.

    For the long, well-researched Salon.com article (25 July, 2001) the noted US journalist Michelle Goldberg travelled to India, and also interviewed witnesses in various countries.  Ms Goldberg wrote of David and Faye Bailey’s ‘The Findings’:

    “Part of the nearly 20,000-word piece is given over to evidence that Sai Baba fakes his materializations and doesn’t magically heal the sick — revelations that seem self-evident to nonbelievers but provoke fierce debate in devotee circles and blazing headlines in the Indian press. Most of “The Findings” consists of testimony of sexual harassment and sexual abuse. “Whilst still at the ashram, the worst thing for me — as a mother of sons — occurred when a young man, a college student, came to our room, to plead with David, ‘Please Sir, do something to stop him sexually abusing us,'” Faye writes. “These sons of devotees, unable to bear their untenable position of being unwilling participants in a pedophile situation any longer, yet unable to share this with their parents because they would be disbelieved, placed their trust in David; a trust which had built over his five years as a visiting professor of music to the Sai college.” These pleas eroded the Baileys’ faith and finally made them go public”.

    Notes, drawn from Wikipedia, on Michelle Goldberg:

    Michelle goldberg.jpg

    Born 1975

    Buffalo, New York

    Education Masters Degree in journalism from UC Berkeley

    Occupation Journalist, Author

    Michelle Goldberg (born 1975) is a liberal Brooklyn-based journalist and the author of the books Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, and The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World. She is formerly a contributing writer at Salon.com[1] and currently a blogger at The Huffington Post. Her work has been published in the magazines Rolling Stone and In These Times, and in The New York Observer, The Guardian, Newsday, and other newspapers.[2] She also writes an online column for The American Prospect.

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    This article on the Baileys is to be continued

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    Further Resources

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    Most Former Sathya Sai Devotees Respond Without Hatred

    Posted by Barry Pittard on September 26, 2009

    Former followers of Sathya Sai Baba have noticed recurring features in the notes of Sai Baba defenders who write to us. The most common, by far, is reference to his purported miracles. This tendency is evident in writers whether more sophisticated or uneducated. This despite the advice of a great many spiritual teachers (including Sathya Sai Baba) of various traditions who say not to get hung up by phenomena such as miracles.

    Another common trait revealed is extreme attachment for Sathya Sai Baba’s form, which he himself has often also referred to as an obstacle to spiritual development.

    As pointed out in the article  Reply To Sathya Sai Baba Defender, most former devotees – leaving aside those few who have much-to-be regretted bad manners – do not respond nastily.

    Two writings that would invite the description: grace and self-restraint whilst under fire are by Timothy Conway Ph.D. and Al Rahm (both former prominent leaders in the Sathya Sai Baba movement). See:

    The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

    Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter

    When those who are now former devotee were engaged in their transitional discovery process – for example, speaking to individuals and famililies with shocking accounts of abuse by Sathya Sai Baba and/or some of his core servitors – they came up with the same questions that some devotees would now aim at them. And, at an earlier stage, when unquestioning devotees, they used the same defences of Sathya Sai Baba when questions were raised by others.

    Here is a quite typical note from a defender of Sathya Sai Baba, and the reply from one who is no longer partial to him. The writer had written a number of emails to the recipient, who did not retaliate to any of the points. Some of the language of the other emails was couched more unkindly than anything in the following. The former devotee responded because of the basic decency and sincerity, nontheless, of the person who wrote:

    “All your articles written on your websites ( Anti-Sai Baba) seem to be an old type of fairy tales similar to what we have been seeing as a kid in our kindergarten days. The difference in presentation lies in its depth, of hate and malice. The idea of molest is a great hoax to discredit Swami, that’s for sure. When you compare Baba’s materialization of vibuthi and other manifestation as a stage show similar to what magician can do, is very puzzling. Swami’s divine manifestation of vibuthis and other religious artifacts etc;  in various part of the world is a fact. How do you answer to that? There is no need for anyone to cheat on this. It’s a world wide phenomena going on for decades. It’s not a simple paranormal activity. What about prayers? How do you answer to those prayers which Swami has responded to his devotees? How could this be possible, if not for His divine grace? Do not make sweeping allegations. Swami teaches love, not hate. Do take care”

    Response (by former longtime devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, who had considerable responsibilities in his service)

    “I think that I understand your harsh judgements on us and the driving of very important questions. For many former devotees have had to raise, amid great anguish, the same issues that you raise. Many of them spent years of great devotion for Sathya Sai Baba and dedicated service in the various wings of his organization. How there can be such an incredible anomaly between the uplifting experiences which you have mentioned – which many former devotees have also experienced – and the stark opposites is a very great mystery.

    However, what may appear as hatred in the eyes of one devoted is not hatred. It is speaking out the facts as we have best been able to determine them.No doubt,reading such claims can be very upsetting for devotees. That is most understandable. Some have viewed it as a challenge to their own sadhana of calmness and steadfastness.

    One of Sathya Sai Baba’s key teachings – and that of many spiritual teachers down the millennia, as you will be aware from your 34 years of sadhana – is to learn to distinguish the form from the formless. When we human beings become defensive about the form, does it not mean that we are very attached to it?

    I notice in your prior emails that you have made much of the miracles, and yet Sathya Sai Baba, in his spoken words, has placed a very small value on them. Do not we human beings also become very attached to such manifestations, which are rupa (embodiment), as well.

    Do you not think that many former devotees pray? And have lovely spiritual experiences? If we were to be motivated by hatred, do you think that I would write to you (just as other former devotees write to devotees who have written to us) with patience and respectfulness?

    Many sweeping allegations, including your own, have been made about large numbers of former devotees, including, I may repeat, some who were important and much-respected leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization, who continue to be loved and respected in their various walks of life”.

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    Gerald Moreno’s Attacks On Individuals and Institutions Critical of Sathya Sai Baba

    Posted by Barry Pittard on August 28, 2009

    How could any Sathya Sai Baba devotee – of those many who are decent and sincere – bear to read Gerald Joe Moreno’s writings? The constant welter of the latter’s strident, vituperative and demeaning posts to the Internet can, even at a quick glance, be gauged by the titles of but a small portion of his links, which, for convenience, we have posted here:  Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics. See also: About Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno’s Chameleon and Deceptive Websites.

    Another instant indictment are the ‘hot’ language of his titles and the brief Google or other search engine entries for his work, as they pass by in even the most desultory of searches. The preponderance of his curse-words is striking. That the international Sathya Sai Organization stands by in deep shadow and allows both prominent and rank-and-file members to support Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno’s onslaughts – so incredibly far from the conduct that Sathya Sai Baba advises, not to mention teachers of all the main faiths and ethical systems – does not speak well of the unhappy pass to which that organization has come.

    Many  Sathya Sai Baba’s followers strive for the qualities of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence. Perhaps those who do read Moreno’s writings are those whom Sathya Sai Baba has often said are his devotees in name but not in nature. Of course, he and his leaders could well set a better example.The ‘Bhagavad Gita’ speaks of venality and corruption in a leader, but so too, also immortally, does the great English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, in his ‘Canterbury Tales’, in his depiction of the Parson in the General Prologue. (See Here for the more of this magnificent portrait):

    This noble ensample to his sheep he yaf,
     That first he wroghte, and afterward he taughte.
     Out of the gospel he tho wordes caughte,
     And this figure he added eek therto,
     That if gold ruste, what shal iren do?
     For if a preest be foul, on whom we truste,
     No wonder is a lewed man to ruste;
     And shame it is, if a prest take keep,
     A shiten shepherde and a clene sheep

    Independent British Scholar Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s Meticulous Research and Commentary

    I see that Robert Priddy has just blogged drawing attention to the independent British writer on philosophy and religion, Kevin R.D. Shepherd. Priddy writes:

    “After having been attacked by the constant would-be character assassinator, Joe Moreno, Kevin R.D. Shepherd responded in civil and reasoned terms. He was only attacked more despicably and unreasonably by Moreno. In stark contrast to this unqualified uneducated full-time cyber persecutor and person abuser Moreno, Shepherd is the accomplished author of numerous philosophical and books and critical analyses, including coverage of Shirdi Sai Baba and his self-appointed ‘reincarnation’, Sathya Narayana Raju. He has just released a new set of web pages at http://www.kevinshepherd.info

    I have just written on an aspect of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s extensive work here:

    Kevin R.D. Shepherd Exposes Sathya Sai Baba Defender Gerald Moreno

    Posted by Barry Pittard on August 24, 2009

    and also since noted that Brian D. Steel has very recently amended two articles to include, as he notes in an email,   “references to three more of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s contributions, the latest from his splendid new website”:

    Brian D.Steel Updates References To Kevin R.D.Shepherd Writings

    Posted by Barry Pittard on August 25, 2009

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    General

    Excerpt From Public Petition

    (Note: The above articles contextualizes. Or you may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

    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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    Would Serious Sathya Sai Baba Devotees Read Gerald Moreno’s Attacks?

    Posted by Barry Pittard on August 27, 2009

    How could any Sathya Sai Baba devotee – of those many who are decent and sincere – bear to read Gerald Joe Moreno’s writings? The constant welter of the latter’s constant, strident, vituperative and demeaning posts to the Internet can, even at a quick glance, be gauged by the titles of but a small portion of his links, which, for our convenience, are posted here:  Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics. See also: About Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno’s Chameleon and Deceptive Websites.

    Another instant indictment is the ‘hot’ language of his article titles. Revealing too are the brief Google or other search engine quotes for his work, as they pass by in even the most desultory of searches. The preponderance of his curse-words is striking. One of his chief blogsite’s photo distortions of some critics of Sathya Sai Baba are enough to portray the mentality of one who has won the support of many Sai Baba followers:

    Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

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    Robert Priddy

    In regard to the outstanding writing of the independent British author on philosophy and religion Kevin R.D. Shepherd, Robert Priddy has just posted

    New exposé of Sai Baba’s front man, Gerald Joe Moreno

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    General

    Excerpt From Public Petition

    (Note: The above articles contextualizes. Or you may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

    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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    Kevin R.D. Shepherd Exposes Sathya Sai Baba Defender Gerald Moreno

    Posted by Barry Pittard on August 24, 2009

    Certainly, prominent critics of Sathya Sai Baba and his sect number those who take more scholarly or, to say the least, civil approaches in writing on these topics. Nonetheless, it is good to find an independent scholar who has spent real time in studying these issues. One finds that he too, has come under aggressive, defamatory, unprincipled attack from Gerald Moreno. It is something that others of us who have written on the Sathya Sai Baba issue have become well used to.

    I refer to the independent British author on religion and philosophy Kevin R.D. Shepherd.

    Kevin R.D.Shepherd. British author and scholar, Philosophy and Religion

    Kevin R.D.Shepherd. British author and scholar, Philosophy and Religion

    His older website –  http://citizeninitiative.com/ –  cites academics of renown who have supported his work, such as the eminent British psychologist, Robert H.Thouless, (1894-1984) who wrote the best-selling “Straight and Crooked Thinking”. Shepherd has just put online another website – http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info. It deals with topics on which he has written widely – philosophy, religion and psychology. Although Kevin Shepherd has never had affiliation with Sathya Sai Baba or his worldwide movement, nor friendship with former followers of Sathya Sai Baba, one section deals with Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno, a highly aggressive, vituperative, defamatory pro Sathya Sai Baba defender, who works with assistance – they in the background – from prominent as well as rank-and-file Sai Baba personnel in different parts of the world.

    The Attack of Scurrility Upon Urbanity

    It is an extraordinary state of affairs when writers who have spent their lifetimes in civil, academic and urbane discourse are set upon – especially by those who would presuppose a moral highground of love, light and spirituality.

    The title of one of Moreno’s nest of attack sites is: Sathya SaiBaba – Love, Light and Spirituality. If anyone can find much of these qualities at that and at his other sites (via which, complexly and interactively, he constantly manipulates search engine ratings), I shall be most surprised. See:

    Sathya Sai Baba Love, Light and Spirituality Exposed

    Below, I have included a number of readings relating to individuals of a serious and civil sort who have been set upon by Moreno.

    Kevin R.D.Shepherd writes in his introduction to the several sections:

    “Certainly, Moreno  can  be  interpreted  as  the exact opposite of  the benign  sentiment  quoted. Joe  Moreno  of  New  Mexico  has  been  described  as  a  web  harasser and  internet  terrorist, a  role which he  has recently  demonstrated  in  relation  to  an  outsider, namely myself  (who  has  never  been  a  devotee  or  an  ex-devotee). See my Web Tactics of Pro-Sai Activism (2009).

    The  sectarian  blogger  has  mistakenly  identified  me with with ex-devotees. I am not one of that unfortunate category.  Those  people have frequently expressed their grievances on the web, and in a variety of  forms.  I  do  not  agree  with  all  the  idioms  and  strategies  visible  in  that  field.  In particular, the  blog  domain  is  foreign  to  my  own  disposition”.

    A glance at Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s index appearing on his new website where he deals with Gerald Moreno is instructive in and of itself, indicating the sheer range and aggressive severity of Moreno’s preoccupations:

    CONTENTS   KEY

    5.1         Harassment   on  Google  Search
    5.2         Hate   Campaign  of  Gerald  Joe  Moreno
    5.3         Offensive   Descriptions on  Google  Search
    5.4         The   Findhorn  Foundation  Misattribution
    5.5         Misleading  Tactic  of  Gerald  Joe  Moreno
    5.6         New  Age  Confusions  and Sectarian   Misinformation
    5.7         Defamatory  Sectarian   Blog
    5.8         Self  Publishing  as  Distinct from  Vanity  Publishing
    5.9         Web  Harassment   Requires  Exposing
    5.10       The   Militant   Sectarian  Campaign  of  Gerald  Joe  Moreno
    5.11       Penetrating   the   Blog  Underworld
    5.12       Duplicated   Items  on  Pseudonymous  Blog
    5.13 The   Reductionist  Anti-Guru  Label
    5.14       The   Anti-Sai  Complexity
    5.15 The   Proof  of  Internet  Terrorism
    5.16       The   Sheilawaring  User  Name

    A Philosopher Sleuth Vs An Unprincipled Sleuth

    For those with an interest in the ever-pressing topic of the nefarious manipulation of Internet technology by obscurantist forces – I might point my readers to the latter section, 5.16. Dated July 2009, it is a lucid exposition of  a few types of deception characteristic of Moreno, who has made a speciality of cyber attack via manipulation of search engine characteristics and methodologies. Step by meticulous step, Shepherd lays bare some of the Moreno modus. Screen captures, date-spotting and and forensic revealing and exposition are of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s essence here. The alert reader can distinguish between sleuthing sprung of philosophical skill and habit and Moreno’s roughneck sleuthing which would hunt for shaky pegs on which to hang endless distortion and fabrication. Shepherd speaks of Moreno’s “prolific imagination”, commenting that “The conflatory and distorting tendencies of Joe Moreno are extreme”.

    Select Further Resources

    Kevin R.D. Shepherd

    The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia

    Kevin Shepherd’s detailed discussion (not that writings of this scholar are at virtually any time less than detailed, though the style is engaging and incisive) of Moreno’s aggressive tactics in the ‘Sathya Sai Baba’ article on Wikipedia. For this incessant misconduct, senior administrators banned Moreno. Shepherd writes:

    In March 2007, Gerald Joe Moreno (alias SSS108) was banned indefinitely from Wikipedia after transgressing against one of the administrators who had warned him. The official report relates that he was voted against unanimously by the six arbitrators in the case. See the Wikipedia file Requests for arbitration/Sathya Sai Baba 2. The vote meant that he was banned from editing the Sathya Sai Baba entry and related articles or talk pages.Two of his colleagues (named elsewhere as Lisa de Witt and Simon Brace) were also banned in this manner”.

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    Alan M. Kazlev

    Gerald “Joe” Moreno’s Google infovandalism

    Alan Kazlev, yet another writer who is typically guarded in his use of words, has applied the term “infovandalism” to Moreno’s cyber attacks:

    “We tend to assume that information found online will be reliable. That Google provides unbiased search results, that Wikipedia is a decent alternative to Brittanica. My experience with the abusive and totalitarian Sai Baba follower Gerald “Joe” Moreno has shown me one example of how Google and other resources like external link WordPress and external link Pipl can be manipulated.

    So extensive is the disinformation and biasing of the original search results that the term “infovandalism” may appropriately be applied. All three screenshots were made on the 2nd April 2008. Doubtless results will change with time. Note that although Google has a Google link complaints form, they don’t seem to have acted on this matter”.

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    B.D. Steel

    Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue. The pro-Sathya Sai Baba Campaign of Gerald (‘Joe’) Moreno. Brian Steel, December 2007 (Updated March 2008)

    For brief introductions to select writing of Brian Steel, see my articles:

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    Timothy Conway Ph.D.

    Al Rahm

    In regard of Moreno’s extraordinary ability to contort and misrepresent facts, and his attacking style, two writings that would invite the description: grace and self-restraint whilst under fire are by Timothy Conway Ph.D. and Al Rahm (both former prominent leaders in the Sathya Sai Baba movement):

    The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

    Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter

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    Robert Priddy

    (Former longtime leader of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway, author and retired academic, University of Oslo, Norway)

    Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

    The Gerald Joe Moreno dossier – part 1

    Moreno’s deception re David Bailey Phone Conversation

    Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

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    Barry Pittard

    (Former lecture in English: Sri Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, Karnataka, South India)

    Sathya Sai Baba’s Former Devotees. A Personal Note

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    List of Notable Former Devotees Who Have Honorably Spoken Out – Despite Attacks Upon Them

    The list also excludes many who are known or understood to have spoken out but of whom we lack proper documentation. Many who have spoken up were prominent leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization – who, the moment the stood forth, became non-persons – demeaned, shunned, defamed. Some outspoken individuals have been:

    Britt-Marie Anden, Serguei Badaev, David and Faye Bailey, Stephen Carthew, Timothy Conway Ph.D, John and Ella Evers, Terry Gallagher, Hariram Jayaram, Conny Larsson, William Lo,  Dave Lyons, Glen Meloy, Alexandra Nagel, Richard Nelson, Roy Pendragon, Shirley PikeSharon Purcell, Reidun and Robert Priddy, Al Rahm, Marisa Rahm, Alaya Rahm, Rick Raines …  (For latter family, See: Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America – Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family and Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter), Diana Scott (Payne), Brian D. Steel

    ……………………………………….

    General
    Excerpt From Public Petition

    (Note: The above articles contextualizes. Or you may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

    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 Man Gerald Moreno’s Photo Attack On Robert Priddy

    Posted by Barry Pittard on May 8, 2009

    ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Love, Life and Spirituality’ is the title of surely one of the most  scurrilous sites of the Internet. Should any Sathya Sai Baba devotee wish to assure themselves that no definition of  ‘Life, Love and Spirituality’ would fit the (to put the matter mildly!) voluminous writings of Sai Baba chief defender on the Internet, they need administer a five to ten minute test: randomly consult even the titles in the Urls (links) and note the abundance of ‘hot’, derogatory and calumnious words. Many links of these heavily libelous attack articles are listed – and yet are but a tiny indication of his protean activities –  See:  Sathya Sai Baba Casebook-Factsheet 

    The following three Gerald Joe Moreno hand-crafted distortions of Robert Priddy are from Moreno’s questionably-named blogsite ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love and Spirituality’.

    Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno's Photo Attack On Robert PriddyNeedless to say, terms like “blathering” are not those of Robert Priddy, former longtime leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization, nor of any self-respecting former devotee or other critic of Sathya Sai Baba and his sect. They are words typical of, and rife in the writings of, Gerald Joe Moreno of New Mexico, USA. The latter’s work might lend itself to a study of extreme attachment – so inveterate as to be crass, unconscionable, defamatory and blind – to the idol of a belief system incapable of questioning itself. 

    See companion piece to my present blog at: Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics. (Note:  Perhaps the vitriol of the depiction of Sanjay Dadlani owes to the fact that Dadlani (which I and others have tried to persuade this young man against) has, apart from some very intelligent, hard-working and perceptive exposures of Sai Baba and his sect, been far from polite in his criticisms of Moreno. However, there is whole pattern of tit-for-tat in Moreno, who clearly subscribes to the notion that two wrongs make a right – which is far removed from the spiritual teachings of Sathya Sai Baba, among a great many other ethical teachings. One of Moreno’s many slipshod arguments, too, is assert (and this in a highly systematic way) that because some former devotee critic believes this or that, then there is homogenous opinion among,  typically, other former devotees – or “Anti-Sais” as he likes, constantly, to label them).

    It will not become a popular pastime to withstand such constant attack as the somewhat (late) Senator Joe McCarthy-like Moreno makes, but there are some who will not bend to his constant purposes, such as to bully, scare, demean and distort. See two excellent articles on Moreno by the scholar and author (whose writings were much regarded circles until he spoke out) in Bibliography and Linguistics, Brian Steel

    Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue.

    Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action: Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno

    Anyone who questions Moreno’s cult idol, the Puttaparthi Sai Baba, must expect Moreno’s attacks on their family, including those who are not involved in the Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. See Robert Priddy’s article:

    Moreno: anonymity and the dark – or love, light & spirituality?

    Quote:

    “Another example of Moreno’s disingenuous policy involves the picture he posted of my son (and I) on his abuse pages at saisathyasai.com , which he doggedly refused to remove, compounding his sin by making dirty attack pages against my son based on what other persons have done with whom he was associated in a band for a year or so”.

    Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

    Quote:

    “This maliciousness is further evidenced in Moreno’s conscienceless naming of a young child. This boy, out of childlike curiosity, googled his own name, and found (Moreno’s) viciously aimed barbs at the father whom he loves. This is a man, moreover, who has for years remained unprovoked by Moreno’s constant and extreme vilifications.  Indeed, he has all along recommended to other former devotees whom Moreno has attacked not to retaliate or at least if bent on doing so to avoid malice and heated language”

    Moreno’s is a hatred that calls others the haters. It is a poverty of proper argumentation that strikes out and says that all others are impoverished, including some of the world’s top journalists – in the BBC in the case of the searing documentary ‘The Secret Swami’, Dominic Kennedy and his investigative team of The Times of London,  Mick Brown of The Telegraph (who traveled to the USA to investigate extensively), the team of India Today, Michelle Goldberg of Salon.com (who traveled to India), Padraic Murphy of The Age, Paul Lewis in The Guardian, and many other writers and organs critical of Sathya Sai Baba, his officials and sect. 

    Former Devotees Have Lives. Gerald Moreno Mostly Lives On The Internet

    Moreno’s everywhere apparent deficiency of civil discourse is one that attacks the slightest shred – real or imagined – of incivility in former devotees, most of whom are widely regarded in  their professions, trades and wider communities as being very different indeed to what Moreno almost daily for the last few years has depicted.

    Gerald Moreno lives on the Internet, but, very typically, former devotee activists have lives. In fact, lives in which unselfish service in the community, as well as to family, plays a vital role – as it for so many decades has. Networked former devotees have long included those of many backgrounds, e.g., Hindu, Moslem, Christian, Jewish,  Rationalist, Humanist, etc., and come from a wide array of cultures. They deeply disdain Moreno’s constant attempts to tar-brush former devotees with slurs such as being pro-fundamentalist Christian, pro-pornography, inciting of terrorists, and so on. See:

    Gerald Moreno – Christian Fundamentalists, Anti-Semitism, Fascism

    Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

    Among countless other attacks of various kinds – the maturity of which questions the support given to Gerald Joe Moreno both leading Sathya Sai Baba and rank-and-file personnel, including members of the International Sathya Sai Organization  

    See Robert Priddy’s article exposing Moreno’s recent attack in regard to copyright issues in his article: Gerald Moreno and “copyright blathering”

    Joe Moreno’s Language of Hatred and Disparagement Against Sai Baba Critics

    It is extraordinary, especially given Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual teachings about truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence.   Even the few brief words in hundreds, if not thousands, of Gerald Moreno’s Google entries contain ‘hot’ words and phrases, full of aggressive denigration. These references, which Moreno has often highly manipulated through his technical Internet skills, lead to his nest of blogsites and websites containing his unceasing attacks, libels. These are sometimes drawn from his very nasty – although he is at first, ostensibly, befriending and pleasant – personal social harrassments against those who call for proper third party investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core leaders in the international Sathya Sai Organization.

    Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

    Gerald Moreno is a man whom no fewer than eight Wikipedia editors banned indefinitely from that encyclopedia. See the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s account:   Wikipedia, Moreno, Google. See also:  Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

    Although he may not yet be qualified for a diabolizing photo, once Shepherd spoke, he too was marked for Moreno’s strenuous attacks, full of inaccuracy, based on Moreno’s highly typical rush to judgement and poor argumentative capacities. One of Moreno’s most constant resorts is argumentum ad hominem, attack upone persons instead of dealing with the issues).

    In case legal actions and/or media interest occur, Moreno’s and the Sathya Sai Organization libels of many decent and upright members of wider communities throughout the world, are being recorded. Evidence of Moreno’s connections with those close to Sathya Sai Baba, as well as various members of the Sathya Sai Organization will be provided to bona fide investigators well-respected in the international community.

    Select Readings

    Wikipedia entry: Robert C. Priddy

    Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics

     

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    Sathya Sai Baba Saint? Gerald Joe Moreno

    Posted by Barry Pittard on April 14, 2009

    Fortunately, there is a great deal that has been written by competent and rational commentators on Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide sect, such as Brian Steel, Robert Priddy, Timothy Conway Ph.D, and Kevin Shepherd, the independent British philosopher and scholar.

    Shepherd, I should add, has always been an outsider to the Sathya Sai Organisation, and cannot be viewed  as being in agreement with all views or idioms of ex-devotees or other Sai Baba critics. Not that there is inveterate agreement among former devotees, either. 

    In the writings of foremost Sai Baba apologists, it is very typical to attempt to make it appear as though Sai Baba critics live, somehow, in each other’s grey and homogenous pockets. When any competent reader puts these critical writings alongside the writing of Sai Baba sect proxy apologists such as Gerald Moreno, the qualitative difference leaps into view. ‘Joe’ Moreno and Sai Baba’s official Internet propagandist Dr G. Venkataraman evidently assume that some of the world’s most reputed organs such as the BBC, CBC, DR, SBS, ABC, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Age, UNESCO, etc., are peopled with incompetents unable to guage good credentials and self- and group-presentation of those whose accounts their highly-trained, seasoned journalists investigate. It was no easy task, for example, for the producers of ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004) to obtain from BBC senior management and its legals permission to use a secret camera trained on Dr Michael Goldstein.

    A cult may not see its own cultishness, but others do. See:

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

    BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip)

    The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba). Revealing Footage

    Sathya Sai Baba’s Main Internet Defender (Who strikes at families and in the work or study places, including at the lives of those not involved in exposing Sathya Sai Baba)

    As each individual speaks forth on Sathya Sai Baba and his sect, Moreno reacts with a flurry of retaliation, abundant in the use of abuse-words. See Brian Steel’s article:

    Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue.
    The pro-Sathya Sai Baba Campaign of Gerald (‘Joe’) Moreno

    and Steel’s compilation of some key sources:

    Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action: Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno

    Among the other benefits Steel’s detailed discussion and provision of key links, the following reading is valuable as a testimony to the rational restraint of a father and husband, Robert Priddy, of those whom, beside himself, Gerald Joe Moreno has wantonly attacked:

    Smear Campaign against critics of Sathya Sai Baba

    As well, in a somewhat Senator Joe McCarthy-like manner, Moreno strikes into the individual, institutional or other professional and family lives of those who have left Sai Baba’s movement, including a student who wishes to pursue a Ph.D and has long been away from the job Moreno’s agenda to destroy, in whatever way, often very deviously so, he can each articulate critic of Sathya Sai Baba. Specious inferences are made relying on dates, etc., which in fact do not reveal the facts, about which Moreno can have no substantive knowledge, but upon which he pontificates from his own assumed heights of knowledge and rightness. If there is anything which he does not understand or misinterprets, or for which exist commonsense alternative explanations, the critic of Sai baba is immediatedly branded a “liar”, a “cheat”, a “septuagenarian”, bent on “manipulation,” “deceit”. etc., …. (Detailed evidence is contained in the various links above and those below, but a brief glance at Google results is decisive. Another quick method is to view HERE).

    Moreno does not stop from repeatedly naming a young child or from attacking the business of that child’s very vulnerable mother’s business. Even after complaints have been made to executives of WordPress.com, Moreno has persisted in this naming of the mother and the child.

    Even A Young Child Who Googles His Name Is Not Spared By Moreno 

    His rationalization for these acts draws from data that he, in usual fashion, has grossly misinterpreted. (Not of course that any decent individual would act to wreck another person’s business even if his premises were correct). See Robert Priddy: Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child.

    Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno’sAttack On Robert Priddy’s Son (A non-participant in the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba)

    Gerald Moreno does not – as in other personal attacks on severely irrational premises – stop from attacking the son of a prominent former devotee spokesman.  The son – yet again! – is not involved with the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. The father, Robert Priddy – with a restraint in the face of an attack of one’s own child that many loving father’s would find hard, and often impossible, to summon up – has written:

     

     

     “Moreno posted a photo of my son Kai and me, which is my copyright. When asked to remove it he refused point blank with absurd excuses (see http://www.saisathyasai.com/baba/emails-kai-priddy.html) and soon set about viciously attacking my son (who is totally uninvolved with any Sai criticism) in web pages trawling every possible association he could trace, though my son had no part in the things he managed to find remotely related, such as through a band in which he used to perform decades ago.  Moreno uses photos of me and my son without permission despite our requests of removal. Yet he tries his utmost to get the one available image of himself removed!”

    Moreno’s Abuse of Internet Technology, Including Google

    Moreno does not stop from creating misleading Google (and other search engine) entries, for example when he planted an entry that looks like – but which is anything but – yet another former devotee writer’s business details. (Of this, more later)

    Moreno’s Terroism-Related Slur

    He does not demur from making, in his timeless fashion, absurdly badly-argued inferences that a former devotee activist is involved in inciting terrorism, Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic.

    Moreno’s Anti-Semitism Slur 

    Or somehow involved in that incredibly insidious thing, anti-Semitism. See also: Serious Defamation Attempt By Gerald Moreno Defeated (Contains many useful links)

    Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno Attacks Respected Scholar

    It does not stop him from berating and demeaning a Ph.D scholar, Timothy Conway Ph.D., of Santa Barbara, USA, who was a popular Sathya Sai center leader, university lecturer and author, who nonetheless responded to Moreno with great restraint and civility: The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

    One can hardly doubt that as historians of religion and other competent analysts pour over these issues, they will see with ever greater clarity what a propagandist and apologist of Gerald Moreno’s stamp has been doing, and that there is: 

    • a protean effort which would almost forbid enough time by night or day for Moreno to engage in the ordinary range of humane endeavours that bestow a grace on life – family, friends, service in his community, and so on …
    • an unceasing smoke-screening aimed at preventing a readership for what critics of Sathya Sai Baba phenomena write. This involves fraudulent usage of Internet technology, very difficult at the present state of development for services such as Google to prevent.
    • that many logical fallacies are used so as to defame, libel and demean one after another of those who question Sathya Sai Baba and his sect
    • that he cannot answer many of the main points articulate and well-informed critics make. These points he, at best, trivializes or leaves them alone or summarily dismisses them with no evidence.
    • he attacks persons, in substitution for dealing in other than a shallow way with the many issues of substance 
    • can only attack the personalities of the writers and, legalistically, the sexual and murder allegations. He cannot deal with the facts put forward so he tries to bury them.
    • he is closely leagued with major sources close to Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core leaders. For example: those associated with saibabaofindia.com. 

    Robert’s material re Sanjay, and others, as defamed by Moreno.

    http://www.saibabaexpose.com/GeraldMoreno.html#joeporn

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    Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia

    Posted by Barry Pittard on January 29, 2009

    What is the effect on the wider society of a tremendously wealthy, worldwide cult such as the International Sathya Sai Organization?

    In the coming days, there will be breaking news. A nationally televised program segment (see details below under the header in this blog: A Storm Looms) is expected to screen within the next week on Australian Current Affair , on Channel Nine, one of the highest profile and most respected television programs in this country, which airs throughout the year on Channel Nine, Monday to Friday after the 6.30 pm News. The producer of the Channel Nine segment is Chris Allen,

    Australian Current Affair Exposes Sathya Sai Baba Cult, Australia
    Australian Current Affair Exposes Sathya Sai Baba Cult, Australia

    a senior Australian television journalist-presenter. Apart from his media training, studied at Australia’s leading acting school, National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), alongside such international film stars as Mel Gibson and Judy Davis

    Some Background On India’s Most Powerful Guru, Call By BBC ‘The Secret Swami’.

    Outstanding institutions such as the BBC, DR (Denmark’s national broadcaster), the Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Age, ABC (the nation broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Corporation) UNESCO and many others have investigated various types of allegation leveled against the Sathya Sai Baba cult. See:

  • The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision
  • Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television
  • BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise
  • BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?
  • UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks
  • BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian GovernmentNote: The Indian Sathya Sai Baba Organization and the then Indian Janata Party Government attempted to get UNESCO to suppress a media advisory, which came after detailed submissions by former Sathya Sai Baba followers from several countries. The Media Advisory, dated September 15, 2000, had announced UNESCO’s withdrawal from a large, international human values education conference scheduled at Puttaparthi, in South India, for September 25-29, 2000, along with UNESCO’s partner, the University of Flinders, South Australia.

    Atal Behari Vajpayee was Prime Minister, and, like countless power brokers in India, a longtime devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. However, the BBC was able to obtain a statement from UNESCO that unstitched the power play by Indian foreign affairs officials. The  advisory can be seen at the Url below, and it looks as though the internet wayback service is ironclad against any interference which could be expected of Sai Baba’s cult members (not to mention the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry) who frequent high places: See:  http://web.archive.org/web/20031229133544/http://www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm

    Top UNESCO Officials Caught Out By BBC

    Early in 2004, UNESCO spokespersons told media and other enquirers that the Advisory did not now reflect its views. Among others, Dr G.Venkataraman, deputy world chairman of the Sai cult, made merry in his official Puttaparthi newsletter, seeing the event as a great reversal for critics of his religious leader. One may add that G. Venkataraman, by virtue of his key roles (See links below this paragraph) has very close association with core leaders throughout the world, and every ability to determine that many devotees and former devotees for decades held in high esteem within the Sathya Sai Organization have raised the most serious issues about accountability. Facts like these are profoundly ignored by Sathya Sai Baba’s proxy defenders on the Internet, who engage in the most extaordinary defamations.

    Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

    Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

    BBC assistant producer David Savill reported that only after his strenuous questioning of a senior UNESCO spokesperson, did she, Sue Williams, finally agree in writing to Mr Savill that currently: “UNESCO does not regret issuing the media release of September 15 2000.”

    Lack of Accountability and Transparency

    From the late 1990’s, networked former devotees of good standing within the Sathya Sai Organization had failed in their attempts to get such leaders as the world chairman, Dr Michael Goldstein, of Covena, California, USA, to institute accountability and transparency provisions that are normal in democratic countries. Unaware that a BBC camera was trained on him, Dr Goldstein showed the extent of his spirituality in the light of his master’s teachings.

    Sathya Sai Anger Mismanagement
    Sathya Sai Anger Mismanagement

    NOTE: The above photo of Dr Michael Goldstein was caught by BBC hidden camera. Given BBC caution in such sensitive matters, it was not easy for the BBC producer Eamon Hardy to get an HC sanction from top management of the BBC and legals. However, Sathya Sai Baba’s peak officials had acted extremely evasively. What is more, the BBC had uncovered shocking and credible accounts of sexual and other abuses by Sathya Sai Baba, including compelling evidence of massive ashram and successive Indian governments’ cover up of the April 6, 1993 killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom. These accounts went beyond the many testimonies compiled by our own international network. See:

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

    For Robert Priddy’s significant body of work on the killings and cover up, see under Further Resources, below.

    To get a further measure of Dr Goldstein’s cultist bent, wherein, in a widely distributed circular, he rejoiced in how his living God’s Grace prevented many Sai Baba devotees from getting caught up in the terrorist strike in the United States on 9/11. See:

    Michael Goldstein’s Chilling 9/11 Remarks

    Book Resource

    “Murders in Sai Baba’s Bedroom” by B. Premanand. Price India Rs. 400/-, Overseas US $40/- (free postage). Publ. by B. Premanand. 11/7 Chettipalayam Road, Podnadur. 641 023 Tamil Nadu, India.

    In short, Sai Baba and his core leaders like Dr Goldstein, Dr G. Venkataraman, and the  Sathya Sai Central Trust Secretary, K. Chakravarthy and others eluded many attempts to properly investigate the extensive and worldwide allegations of Sai Baba’s sexual molestation of boys and young men and cover up of the killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom, as well as many other serious scandals and anomalies.

    Quality media in a number of countries investigated. An extremely rare example in India of coverage, where Sai Baba is considered to powerful to tackle, was the serious mass circulation magazine India Today, December 4, 2000. See:

    COVER STORY: SAI BABA. Test of Faith.

    So did institutions such Flinders University in South Australia which appointed a senior academic to investigate. Top officials in UNESCO made extensive investigations too began to probe, they found the earmarks of a considerable cult.

    In 2004, the BBC was moved to title their 2004 documentary ‘The Secret Swami’. See:

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

    BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

    Threats By Sathya Sai Organization Leaders To Major Media

    It is a profound failure of intelligence, and indeed probity, that Sathya Sai Baba’s defenders have resisted central points about issues of democracy, accountability and transparency. As befits cultists with much to hide, they prefer to use threats of legal action. This was how key Sai organization players such as T. Sri Ramanathan – an autocrat widely disliked but sometimes virtually worshipped by the more pious in the Australian Sathya Sai Organization – treated Australia’s great multicultural broadcaster SBS (which telecast DR’s ‘Seduced’ re-titled ‘Seduced By Sai Baba’), the BBC, CBC (Canada), Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Age, etc. I was informed by a senior journalist from a major Canadian newspaper (part of the CanWest chain) that his senior management was ensconced lengthily with lawyers and sundry other high rollers, when the Sai Baba parties threatened to withdraw large advertisments in the newspaper by one of the devotees, a Canadian multi-millionaire.

    Autocracy. Secrecy. Defamation. Vilification

    In each case there were suppressive attempts by very high profile Sathya Sai Baba leaders. His defenders go all out to to ensure that anyone who speaks out is villified, libeled, and some seriously harassed and threatened. Like medieval popes, Sai Baba’s core leaders excommunicate good and decent individuals. We find that their personnel ensure that internet attackers are provided with information intended to blacken and villify those who speak out.

    A Storm Brews. Unleashed in Next Days and Weeks

    However, as we shall see in the next days and weeks, there are democratic, caring forces within the community – ones not peopled by Sathya Sai Baba followers, who are prepared to protect vulnerable people who have been hurt by some of those very close to him.

    A Storm Looms

    Sai cult attempts to silence questioning have not succeeded. Of that, more soon.

    For those interested in seeing attempts by this powerful cult at damage-control and cover up, the segment on Australian Current Affair will be a show worth watching. But of course, the cult is a secret organization – therefore, one may miss out on some of the crucial action. Among the leaders are some seasoned string pullers at the highest levels of government, both local and central, in many countries. Nonetheless, it is important to prevent governments from being soft on cults. Governments that protect cults need to be stood up to.  In this case, it is the State Government of Queensland, Australia. The programme is the high profile Australian Current Affair, and the segment researched by one Australia’s senior television journalists. It was to have been shown last Thursday night, but has been re-slotted because of the tragic story of the little girl in Melbourne Australia who was thrown off a bridge by her demented father. Hiding from the issue of cults does not further the cause of religious freedom but actually threatens it over the long term. Protection of cultists should not be at the expense of the protection of the more vulnerable in our society.

    Hitherto, it is mostly former devotee critics, along with important contributions by rationalists (especially B.Premanand) and humanists, who have produced an extensive  Sathya Sai Baba cult critique. But now, matters proceed beyond those confines.

    The Sathya Sai Organization core leaders were not able to suppress – despite draconian measures far from the spiritual ones they profess to follow – awkward questions from those who tried to reform from within. Vilification is the inner chant of their darkly compromized hearts.

    They were not able to prevent strong and sustained criticism by highly skilled academics such as Robert Priddy (ex-head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway), Brian Steel (Australia), Timothy Conway Ph.D (USA), Kevin Shepherd, an independent British scholar, and others. Nor could they stop a large exit from the organization in country after country.  Some of this exit was the result of respected leaders making their own investigations in regard to families whose children reported sexual molestation by Sathya Sai Baba.

    There is a fact often not realized by the many good and decent rank-and-file individuals in the organization. It is that we have, here, a secret swami, a secret cabal of core leaders, and a guru-blinded autocracy skilled in suppression, the arts of political and organization cover up, self-deceit and deceit of their governments and mainstream organs that the Sathya Sai Organization influences via various fronts (of which more later). In the meatime, See:

    Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

    See, too, extensively detailed articles co-authored by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard:

    Sathya Sai Organisation – Further Subterfuge and Misinformation

    Sathya Sai Organisation – Lavish Spending On Super Dome Venue Meeting (Sydney, Australia)

    Disinformation By The Sathya Sai Organization.

    Plush Recruiting Venues and Styles of Appeal Aim At The Wealthy

    To see recruiting tricks aimed at bringing in wealthy and influential citizens without, however, informing them of Sai Baba’s pronouncements that he is the Father of Jesus Christ, the One Who Sent The Prophet of Islam and that he claims he will save the whole world by circa 2022, see:  Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues

    But the next days and weeks will tell. And so shall this blog – Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai baba.

    Further Reading

    Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

    The Unresolved, Covered-up 1993 Murders in Sathya Sai. Baba’s Bedroom RevisitedSathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders

    Sathya Sai Says: “Why fear when I am here?”. On the Events of June 6, 1993 – Murders in Sai Baba’s Private QuartersMore Concerning The 1993 Murders In Prashanthi Mandir.

    Excerpts from newspaper reports with information concerning the murders in Sai Baba’s vicinity at Prashanthi Nilayam of 6-6-1993.

    The Unresolved, Covered-up 1993 Murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s Bedroom RevisitedSathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders.

    A convenient coverage of many of the issues is at Robert Priddy’s blogsite: http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com. See, Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders

    Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

    Part 4. Part 5.

    Important Other Resources:  Kevin Shepherd, Brian Steel, Robert Priddy:

  • Citizen Initiative
  • Recent Research on the Claims of Sathya Sai Baba
  • Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed
  • Sathya Sai Baba In Word And Action
  • Hitherto, it is mostly former devotee critics, along with important contributions by rationalists (especially B.Premanand) and humanists, who have produced an extensive  Sathya Sai Baba cult critique. But now, matters proceed beyond those confines.

    The Sathya Sai Organization core leaders were not able to suppress – despite draconian measures far from the spiritual ones they profess to follow – awkward questions from those who tried to reform from within. Vilification is the inner chant of their darkly compromized hearts.

    They were not able to prevent strong and sustained criticism by highly skilled academics such as Robert Priddy (ex-head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway), Brian Steel (Australia), Timothy Conway Ph.D (USA), Kevin Shepherd, an independent British scholar, and others. Nor could they stop a large exit from the organization in country after country.  Some of this exit was the result of respected leaders making their own investigations in regard to families whose children reported sexual molestation by Sathya Sai Baba.

    There is a fact often not realized by the many good and decent rank-and-file individuals in the organization. It is that we have, here, a secret swami, a secret cabal of core leaders, and a guru-blinded autocracy skilled in suppression, the arts of political and organization cover up, self-deceit and deceit of their governments and mainstream organs that the Sathya Sai Organization influences via various fronts (of which more later). In the meatime, See:

    Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

    See, too, extensively detailed articles co-authored by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard:

    Sathya Sai Organisation – Further Subterfuge and Misinformation

    Sathya Sai Organisation – Lavish Spending On Super Dome Venue Meeting (in Sydney, Australia)

    Disinformation By The Sathya Sai Organization.

    Plush Recruiting Venues and Styles of Appeal Aim At The Wealthy

    To see recruiting tricks aimed at bringing in wealthy and influential citizens without, however, informing them of Sai Baba’s pronouncements that he is the Father of Jesus Christ, the One Who Sent The Prophet of Islam and that he claims he will save the whole world by circa 2022, see:  Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues

    But the next days and weeks will tell. And so shall this blog – Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai baba.

    Further Reading

    Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

    The Unresolved, Covered-up 1993 Murders in Sathya Sai. Baba’s Bedroom RevisitedSathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders

    Sathya Sai Says: “Why fear when I am here?”. On the Events of June 6, 1993 – Murders in Sai Baba’s Private QuartersMore Concerning The 1993 Murders In Prashanthi Mandir.

    Excerpts from newspaper reports with information concerning the murders in Sai Baba’s vicinity at Prashanthi Nilayam of 6-6-1993.

    The Unresolved, Covered-up 1993 Murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s Bedroom Revisited.

    Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders.

    A convenient coverage of many of the issues is at Robert Priddy’s blogsite: http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com. See, Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders:

    Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

    Part 4. Part5 .

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