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The One Per Centers

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 10, 2012

In India – the country which Sathya Sai Baba utterly failed to transform, as he had so long promised to do – and in many other countries, there is a widespread mushrooming of public protest against corruption. For example, the ‘Occupy’ movement. See my article:

Occupy Movement Exemplifies Sathya Sai Baba’s Failure As Social Reformer

In some countries, many people die when they challenge their ruling regimes. If those of us in so-called democratic countries continue to be deceived by better disguised deceptions of our own leaders and systems, we will lose those freedoms which came only after grave sacrifice.

The Wikileaks phenomenon exposed to the world many (although an iceberg tip relative to the reality) shameful secrets that governments routinely suppress through massive lying and cover up. That is to say, a world often profoundly naïve and cosseted in a way that many power brokers, diplomats and journalists, for example, are not. For a complex array of reasons, they are frequently required to shut up. The systems silence the whistleblowers. Any system in any country does this, and the methods, whether gross or subtle, according to system and regime, are many and frightening.

Sathya Sai Baba drew to himself many very high level figures in finance, politics, the armed services, the judiciary, the police and so on, But he signally failed – to any genuine and meaningful extent – to challenge or to change the visible and the invisible holders of power in his own or any other country, to a point where they have come out against their former practices. His many promises and prophecies, like those of countless promise merchants and prognosticators down millennia, have proved nonsensical and worthless. See: 

 

Sathya Sai Baba Made Huge Science and History Mistakes

Basic Myths and Pertinent Questions about the Guru Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba Claimed He Will Resurrect After 40 Days

Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies His Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Claim (Part 1)

Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Story (Part 2)

Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Story (Part 3)

Sick and Ailing Sathya Sai Baba 85. His Promises to Look Young Have Failed

Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

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The One-percenters. Barry Pittard. Revised – 25 September 2012
 
Some people whipped out their numbers machines
And in flashes of light discovered
That one-percent owns nearly all of the beans
With a few beans left for us others
 
Some system’s crunched us a wee percentile
In a gigantic banking machine
On each bankster dial spreads a bright flashing smile
As they skim off the bean-curd cream
 
In castles in high clouds giant Midases recline
Each hugs a gold-egg-laying goose
But who’ll dare to be Jack with a bean stalk climb
And set each goodly goose loose
 
          And wouldn’t we smile if we could all steer
          Gold beans round the stratosphere?
          Instead of being steered and GFC’d by debt
          When crash go the ninety-nine percent …

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For enquiries about words and music for this song, apply:  Barry Pittard, bpittard@ westnet.com.au

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Occupy Movement Exemplifies Sathya Sai Baba’s Failure As Social Reformer

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 10, 2011

In the next days, I shall look at aspects of the Occupy movements, many of whose manifestations show how profoundly Sathya Sai Baba and his international organization have failed.

Sathya Sai Baba and his cult always failed to face political and corporate power. They themselves are part of the corrupt system. His successors now fight out power struggles among themselves.

The international Sathya Sai Organization “good works” philosophy plays perfectly into the hands of the power elites, who have nothing against charity. We all like to feel good. Big-name donors to the Sathya Sai cult are legion, especially in India, and from among the Indian diaspora worldwide.

Amid untold golden glitter, the late Sathya Sai Baba said that, in his own lifetime, he would save and rule India and then the world

But those many ‘ordinary’ citizens from many cultural backgrounds who people the Occupy movements are better educated than ever before, and thus able to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc., to great advantage. Sathya Sai Baba and his organization could never, and would never, have initiated or supported a mass movement like the Occupy movement.

Occupy Wall Street protestors in Oakland, California, USA, holding “We are the 99%”

This populist manifestation is profoundly opposed to the corrupt machinations of government and corporations – whereas, Sai Baba and the top-level figures of his organization have long been utterly enmeshed with government, police and armed services at every level. Many of his richest devotees long were, and are to this day, corporate moguls. He, his intelligence and security wing, and his formal and informal political operators have for decades utterly influenced local, state and central government police, who are notorious for violent suppression of protest at the behest of Indian governments of any persuasion.

The greed-maddened heads of corporations whom the Occupy movements oppose are, in essence, no different to those far more visible celebrities from the entertainment world who live in the utmost opulence but simultaneously adorn their inflated egos with ostentatious finery when they appear at charity fund-raisers.

From Wikipedia: A chart showing the disparity in income distribution in the United States.[25][26] Wealth inequality and income inequality have been central concerns among Occupy Wall Street protesters.[27][28][29] CBO data shows that in 1980, the top 1% earned 9.1% of all income, while in 2006 they earned 18.8% of all income.[30]

A Protester with a sign at Occupy San Francisco

But far beyond the ‘feel good’ point, the governments and corporations keep up the profiteering, and aid the spawning of the soul-destroying, planet-killing life-styles. From their almost impenetrable fortresses, they aid and abet poverty and social dislocation in the first place.

The US, history’s most formidable superpower is in vast economic decline. But this should really serve to remind many other countries that, in many ways, the US is only themselves writ large – both actually and in unachieved aspiration. Materialism is always itself, and always expands when it can.

The General Assembly meets in Washington Square on 8 October 2011

Millions of ordinary US citizens – and in increasingly many other first world and developing countries – now rebel against the governments and corporations. They need no Marx and Engels to read nor a Lenin to rally them.

They come from many religious and non-religious backgrounds. They come from the smallest towns and the largest cities.

They are the young, who face decades of paying back their student loans, whom the flawed system catapults into jobs after years of study – young lives now not able, even for a moment, to breathe, travel, explore, discover, reflect and mature. At the most idealistic time of their lives, they are seized of the chance to find a sense of meaning that will propel them in the rest of their lives.

They are the middle-aged, who, after great sacrifice have schooled their children, served their communities, and are now being slammed with bank foreclosures.

They are the elderly, for whom superannuation now means little or nothing.

They are often leaderless, but consensual and practical. They, rather than hidden controllers, write the placards for themselves; which they raise above their heads to proclaim their hurt and anger to their representatives who do not represent. And to their country. And to a world which, on the instant, sees, for example, police forces at the behest of their political masters being mobilized to suppress this grassroots uprising. They see sections of the media who, no less than the police, serve the moguls and political managers by sensationalizing and misreporting.

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The Occupy movement: They are fed up in India, too

The United States and India are going through similar upheavals, writes Thomas L. Friedman. Democratically elected governments in both countries are so beholden to special interests they can no longer deliver reform. Therefore, they both need shock therapy from outside.

By Thomas L. Friedman

Syndicated columnist, New York Times

GOA, India — The world’s two biggest democracies, India and the United States, are going through remarkably similar bouts of introspection. Both countries are witnessing grass-roots movements against corruption and excess. The difference is that Indians are protesting what is illegal — a system requiring bribes at every level of governance to get anything done. And Americans are protesting what is legal — a system of Supreme Court-sanctioned bribery in the form of campaign donations that have enabled the financial-services industry to effectively buy the U.S. Congress, and both political parties, and thereby resist curbs on risk-taking.

But the similarities do not stop there. What has brought millions of Indians into the streets to support the India Against Corruption movement and what seems to have triggered not only the Occupy Wall Street movement but also initiatives like Americanselect.org — a centrist group planning to use the Internet to nominate an independent presidential candidate — is a sense that both countries have democratically elected governments that are so beholden to special interests that they can no longer deliver reform. Therefore, they both need shock therapy from outside.

The big difference is that, in America, the Occupy Wall Street movement has no leader and no consensus demand. And while it enjoys a lot of passive support, its activist base is small.

India Against Corruption has millions of followers and a charismatic leader, the social activist Anna Hazare, who went on a hunger strike until the Indian Parliament agreed to create an independent ombudsman with the staff and powers to investigate and prosecute corruption at every level of Indian governance and to do so in this next session of Parliament. A furious debate is now raging here over how to ensure that such an ombudsman doesn’t turn into an Indian “Big Brother,” but some new ombudsman position appears likely to be created.

Arvind Kejriwal, Hazare’s top deputy, told me, “Gandhi said that whenever you do any protests, your demands should be very clear, and it should be very clear who is the authority who can fulfill that demand, so your protests should be directed at that authority.” If your movement lacks leadership at first, that is not necessarily a problem, he added, “because often leaders evolve. But the demands have to be very clear.”

A sense of injustice and widening income gaps brought Occupy Wall Street into the street, “but exactly what needs to be done, which law needs to be changed and who are they demanding that from?” asked Kejriwal. “These things have to be answered quickly.”

That said, there are still many parallels between the Indian and U.S. movements. Both seem to have been spurred to action by a sense that corruption or financial excess had crossed some red lines. In the United States, despite the fact that elements of the financial-services industry nearly sank the economy in 2008, that same industry is still managing to blunt sensible reform efforts because it has so much money to sway Congress. It seems to have learned nothing. People are angry.

Meanwhile, in India, the commodities and telecommunications booms, coupled with urbanization that is driving up land prices, have set loose billions of rupees, and officials who control zoning and mining permits have just been pigging out. Some 50 top officials have been jailed lately for everything from the crony allocation of wireless spectrum, leading to potential losses to the state of up to $38 billion, to illicitly selling Indian iron ore — needed for development here — to China for a higher price. People are fed up.

Yet, commented the Indian writer Chetan Bhagat in The Times of India on Monday, “our government attacks almost every anti-corruption crusader” and “sadly, even our opposition parties have lots of corrupt people.” Sound familiar? Democracy not only needs a decent ruling party, but an intelligent opposition, and neither India nor America has both today.

Yes, Indians are mad at a system that makes them pay a bribe to get their birth certificate. Americans are mad at a system that has made it legal for unions to bribe the officials who will decide their pay and for bankers to bribe the lawmakers who will decide how much risk they can take. But both are essentially threatened by the same disease, best captured in the title of Robert Kaiser’s book about lobbying — “So Damn Much Money” — and it’s being thrown around now by so many special interests that these democracies are not only being warped by it but can’t fix themselves either.

Hazare has called this moment India’s “second struggle for independence.” I think he is on to something for both India and America. I think that repairing our respective dysfunctional democracies — so they are truly enablers for the 21st century and not inhibitors in India’s case or “the sum of all lobbies” in America’s case — is for our generation what the independence movement in India and the civil-rights movement in America were for our parents’ generation. Here’s hoping we’re as successful.

Thomas L. Friedman is a regular columnist for The New York Times

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Sathya Sai Baba In Fits of Sobbing: Video Footage Confirms Earlier Accounts

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 5, 2011

It is known that Sathya Sai Baba has, more recently, gone into fits of sobbing – he, who has caused so many terrible and wracking tears to his countless victims from many countries.

In the years following November 1975, the year in which I first read of him, I increasingly thought that Sathya Sai Baba was transforming Indian society, and would transform not only India but many individuals from countries around the world. And that he would achieve this revolution in human consciousness on a far greater scale as time went by; indeed, on a scale unparalleled in history.

He has many times claimed that he will, effectively in his own lifetime, avert mankind’s worst catastrophe, and set it on the path to a golden age. (See a list of his claims, which the scholar Brian Steel has cited from among many more such claims that Sathya Sai Baba has made, over time, where he states that he is the pinnacle of avatarhood – in Sathya Sai Baba’s Claims of Divinity and Divine Powers).

Sathya Sai Baba is the would-be ‘God’ that failed. Well may he cry. His is a crying shame.

When I was 16 years old, I read Louis Fischer’s biography of Mahatma Gandhi – one who lived with a simplicity and an integrity that were a far cry from the extreme pomp and cirumstance with which Sathya Sai Baba has ever-increasingly surrounded himself.  See: Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday No Celebration For Those He Has So Badly Hurt

Reading Fischer’s book was one of my most riveting and formative experiences. However, I could see that many of Gandhi’s co-workers paid lip-service to spiritual and ethical principles that were of the utmost importance to Gandhi and his closest associates in the fight for freedom from British rule. In any case, there were too many countervailing tendencies in a world in which, as never before, technology was in the ascendant. This grave tension lay at the heart of differences between Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru, the latter of whom was a modernizer.

For me, in personal terms, it meant that no matter how great their character, ideas and ideals, appearances across history of extraordinary individuals were insufficient to solve a great range of human conflicts. Far worse could be staved off, but far better could not be achieved.

This was true of both autocratic and democratic models, and religious and non-religious ones. Despite, here and there, the existence of some precious freedoms, there was another kind of problem: the terrible and daily inner conflict within relationships in an increasingly prosperous society. Not only the lack of healthy relationships within families but among citizens at large. In my country, Australia, the sociopolitical landscape was very different to many features to be seen elsewhere – such as gulags, concentration camps, venues of torture, tramping jackboots, neighbours spying on neighbours, with all the apparatus of the police state and so on. I felt that most of my countrymen, although having a generous if narrow side, were often bland, superficial, naive and isolated from the rest of the world.

Like many others, I lost the Christian faith of my forebears, and, from the 1960’s, along with some of the young of my generation, looked to traditions, such as ancient Indian ones, which were still extant. In my case, I found the sutras of the ancient rishi Patanjali elegant, rational and meaningful.  I also enjoyed – although at the level of myth and allegory – certain aspects of ancient Indian culture such as the stories from the Mahabharata, as well as certain saint traditions – in which exemplary lives triumphed over sectarianism and dogma – in particular, accounts of the life of Shirdi Sai Baba.

The hunger and thirst of ardent seekers were very great.

Internally, Australia (since its British origins) had experienced almost no martial conflicts, and the ones that did occur were small-scale. Many of the war-induced emotional scars were those of service personnel who, in large numbers, served in foreign fields in two world wars and other major and lesser military conflicts. Apart from the often very hidden emotional and physical harms intruding from these engagements into the Australian psyche, there was another great harm – again often not obvious. This was the thoughtless hedonism and materialism that came with post-war prosperity, where possession of objects now gripped the acquisitive mind and governed a sense of personal value. Corporations rode ever higher, just as their skyscrapers did. Old community values which had brought coherence to a simpler society often yielded to the growth of sprawling urban conurbations, where neighbourliness increasingly disappeared, and a selfish individualism asserted itself.

The effects of a failed, would-be avatar of all avatar’s, and one possessing a genius to deceive a great many, and a venality to hide, are also very great.

Now 85 years old and both mentally and physically unstable, with many of his predictions abysmally failed, along with countless promises (such as of healing people), it is little wonder that Sathya Sai Baba, from our reliable information, has been seen to weep for hours of a day. Last November, his sobbing has even been captured on video and can be seen by clicking HERE.   See my article: Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs At 85th Birthday Celebration (Video Footage), Posted by Barry Pittard on December 31, 2010.

At 85th Birthday, Sathya Sai Baba's Sobbing Fit

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Further Reading

Many Notable Sathya Sai Baba Cult Leaders Resign

Ageing and collapse in Sai Baba’s health

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

Sai Baba caught in cheating about the Christian Bible

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 2, 2010

This article continues from:

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 29, 2010

Let us suppose that not all facts are uncovered. There are some distinct advantages of stating facts or clues such as they are understood at the time. One is dealing with a powerful institution bent on cover up. Excellent media investigations show how badly whistle-blowers and other dissenters who expose institutional corruption have been treated. The more one holds to telling the truth, the higher the price. But, then, truthfulness is deemed by many belief systems as priceless. It is therefore ironic to see the chasm of difference between preaching and practice.

One of the advantages of allegation (where it is not vexatious, defamatory and libelous) is that issues that are all too susceptible to dismissal and cover up can be brought out into the open. The unquestioning nature of human beings in general, so lamented for example by parents and teachers who make a stand for urbane attitudes of questioning, is badly exacerbated in the case of cultists. For example, the title of this blogsite is:  Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba. That is to say, that the contentions of those who allege are under public scrutiny just as are those of an institution under question.

Repeatedly, media investigators and scholars who have tried to investigate Sathya Sai Baba and his international Sathya Sai Baba Organization. They have found that it is a monolith, strongly impervious to questioning – even my independent researchers no matter the excellence of their qualifications and note. As Sir Karl Popper has well described in his classic ‘The Open Society and its Enemies’, the foes of the open society are those who use its very openness to achieve their closed and devious ends.

A decided advantage of speaking out, even though one may not be in command of all material evidence, is that individuals who are well-positioned to know – or to ascertain more evidence – are then able to do their own sleuthing. Sometimes, this situation entails attempts, by the institutions, to further cover up trails, such as using threats to silence witnesses, hushing up leaders and rank-and-file members within their own midst, destroying paper trails or simply by letting crises blow over and attending to damage control by other means. See: ‘Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues and The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements

The additional evidence provided by strong allegations repeatedly confirms the sad experiences of those who had not thus known of, or at least heeded, the allegations.  

Attackers of Sathya Sai Baba’s prominent critics do not face this fact. Without much stir from prominent critics, revelations concerning the turpitude of Sathya Sai Baba’s and certain of his leaders come to a head, sooner or later, in his centers round the world. Here, crises arise from revelations of abuses and anomalies which are uncovered in the centers themselves or in any corresponding center. Some centers have had professional, experienced psychological counselors, who have themselves led the exit from Sathya Sai Baba centers.

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The Public Petition   

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition): Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization   

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 29, 2010

Obtaining proof of crimes can be hard and sometimes impossible. It is the nature of evasion to make it so. Sadly, innocence, too, can be hard or impossible to prove. I have long observed that authoritarian cults such as the Sathya Sai Organization make far too little of the role of allegation and large-scale public testimony and far too much of the demand for legal proof. Frequently, the superficial understanding of liberal and democratic notions, such as the freedom of religion or other beliefs, allow authoritarian cults in their self-interest to undermine these cherished notions.
 

Such cults threaten genuinely civil society. Societies that espouse democratic values from top to bottom often accord and vigorously uphold rights in some sectors while, in practice, denying these same rights to other citizens who are equally entitled to them. In countries worldwide, we can see individuals devastated and families and communities torn apart by the activity of cults. Typically, political parties see the issue as too prickly a nettle to grasp. They fear that they will be attacked for subverting the notion of freedom of religion, for example.

Many of these cults have great financial resources, and pump vast amounts into types of promotion that flourish the broad smile and outstretched welcoming arms, but conceal their heavy agendas. Well-heeled cults are prompt to hire high-paid lawyers, and often need but to threaten litigation. Cults, like any other sort of authoritarian regime, bully and harass so as to silence dissent.

I do not say, of course, that rights cannot thrive in a court of litigation. But for those without great funds, it can be a perilous avenue to take, irrespective of the merits of one’s cause. Nonetheless, the Rahm family (whose story was a mainstay of the BBC’s 2004 one-hour documentary on Sai Baba ‘The Secret Swami’) morally supported their young son, Alaya, in civil litigation in the Orange County Superior Court, California, USA. Alaya Rahm alleged that Sathya Sai Baba serially sexually abused him (as, similarly, have many males, or families speaking for minors, around the world). The case was heard by Judge John M. Watson of the Superior Court, County of Orange, California, on April 28th, 2006. See:  Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America. Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family (Date: July 16, 2006), and Alaya Rahm’s Testimony – Some Key Statements . California leaders of the Sathya Sai Society of America include the world chairman of Sathya Sai Baba’s organization, Dr Michael Goldstein.

In Part Two of our jointly written four-part article The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed, Robert Priddy and I wrote:

(Dr G.) Venkataraman, with back-up from the facile attorney Robert Baskin, now dares come out into the open, mistakenly asserting that the Alaya Rahm’s self-dismissal of his case against the Society is a triumphant vindication of the Sai forces …

In a statement by the Rahm family, their attorney and the International JuST Group 9, we read: “No court found Alaya’s allegations to be false. Simply, the suit could not continue on a technicality, and the claims of sexual abuse stand irrefutably true, just as before”. Dr. Venkataraman is himself making a false allegation! Attorney William Brelsford Esq., seeing formidable legal obstacles set by the defendants, and not least working against a statute of limitations deadline, advised Alaya Rahm to self-dismiss the case. Along with other difficulties encountered, his attorney has explained, June 29th, 2006, to Alaya Rahm and his family:

“We were successful at the demurrer stage in establishing that a duty would be owed by the Society in the event they sponsored and/or endorsed the trips that Alaya went on when he was abused by Sai Baba. As it turns out, the Society is not the “hub” of all of Sai Baba’s corporate activities. Rather, the Society, pursuant to declarations under penalty of perjury, confirmed they are a bookstore… nothing more. Accordingly, we do not have the necessary factual requirements to establish liability on the Society/Book center.”

(Note:  Eminent legal opinion that I have sought opines that Alaya Rahm, son of one of the formerly highest profile Sathya Sai Baba leaders, Al Rahm of Akansas, USA, had far from the best legal advice. Alaya Rahm’s lawyer, William L. Brelsford, represented him on a profit-seeking, no-win-no-pay basis. It became, all too late, glaringly evident that Brelsford’s research/discovery processes relating to the body he sought to pursue were badly lacking. What a shock it is for a litigant, once the case is in court, to find that there was no incorporated entity to litigate against. The lawyers for the Sathya Society of America represented that the only entity was a bookshop. How could that be sued? What clever foresighted provisions the lawyers of the Sathya Sai Organization had taken against future legal challenges! The blundering Brelsford then advised Alaya Rahm client to self-dismiss his case. 

Should any reputable, bona fide legal, academic or media or agency investigators wish to look at the case, I am happy to refer them to those legal experts consulted.

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Part 2 of Relative Weightings of Allegation and Proof In Exposing Corrupt Institutions is due to appear shortly

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The Public Petition   

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition): Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization   

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Swami Nityananda Sex Scandal News Round Up

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 25, 2010

The following is a quite brief but useful selection of Indian press articles. They suffice to give a sense of the unfolding of the Swami Nityananda sex scandal. It does India’s government and justice systems no credit, nationally or internationally, that she occasionally nets in a few minnows and not the tiger sharks. 

It is a great pity that Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors are not being held to public accountability. He is vastly more powerful and influential than Nityananda. It is an irony not missed by many Non Resident Indians (NRI’s) that, with the exception of India Today in 2000, it took foreign media such as the BBC, CBC, ABC, SBS, the Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, and newspapers in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc., to investigate and expose Sathya Sai Baba and his cult.

Moreover, these media handled the Sathya Sai Baba issue infinitely better than most of the Indian media has been handling the Nityananda issue. The violence that has broken out in this matter, as well as in many other issues, can in considerable measure be linked to the preference of many of the Indian media for the sensation-sales equations, and their lack of calm leadership. Following attacks by hoons on Indian students studying in Australia, my own country – although not without its, at the time, unaddressed police and socio-cultural responsibilities in the matter – was subject to enormous Indian media sensationalising and oversimplifying of complex issues, where significan sections of the Indian press grossly ignored a wide cross-section of Indian voices in Australia – such as Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria. This mass-circulation Indian media hysteria whip-up (like our own miserable shock-jocks on the radio) badly damaged relations between India and Australia, which responsible sectors in both countries have had to work extremely hard to repair. See my articles:

Attacks Against Indian Students in Melbourne, Australia

Attacks By Hooligans Against Foreign Students In Australia

Indian Students Attacked In Melbourne Australia: Cricket Star Brett Lee Voices Concerns

Sex Scandal: What Is Swami Nityananda Really Teaching?
 The enormous public reaction to the Nityananda case furnishes a picture that makes two issues extremely clear. The first is that blind faith in gurus down the milennia has been made a matter of wide public debate. The other is that new and better educated generations are beginning to throw off the shackles of the past.
The question that remains is whether Indian shall ever become the great democracy that she could be. The South Indian lawyer K.V. Dhananjay brings out such in a lengthy interview.  See my note, and the video links, at:
Lawyer K.V.Dhananjay on Swami Nityananda Furore In India
Posted by Barry Pittard on May 24, 2010
See Robert Priddy's recent posts on the Nityananda scandal:
Nithyananda exposed by Ranjitha – CBI say no faked film

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2010

Swami Nithyananda: purification, tribulation and trial

Posted by robertpriddy on June 19, 2010

Swami Nityananda tries to defuse the sex scandal

Posted by robertpriddy on June 10, 2010

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From:  http://interceder.net/news/Swami-Nityananda

 Sudeep to anchor village-based reality show - New Kerala Sudeep to anchor village-based reality show Bangalore, May 7: Southern star Sudeep is set to make his small screen debut as the host of the Suvarna Channel's new reality show and says he is curious to see how 10 city girls will adjust to a village life.07 May 2010

	
  • Sudeep to anchor village-based reality show - Calcutta News Sudeep to anchor village-based reality show Southern star Sudeep is set to make his small screen debut as the host of the Suvarna Channel's new reality show and says he is curious to see how 10 city girls will adjust to a village life.07 May 2010
  • No respite for Swami Nityananda, bail rejected - The Times of India No respite for Swami Nityananda, bail rejected The Ramanagaram district sessions court on Thursday dismissed the bail petition filed by controversial godman Swami Nityananda.06 May 2010
  • Sex tainted godman's bail plea rejected - New Kerala Tainted godman's bail plea rejected Bangalore, May 6 : A Karnataka court Thursday rejected a bail plea of self-styled godman Swami Nityananda, in jail since April 30 for his alleged sex romp.06 May 2010
  • Sex tainted godman's bail plea rejected - Calcutta News Sex tainted godman's bail plea rejected A Karnataka court Thursday rejected a bail plea of self-styled godman Swami Nityananda, in jail since April 30 for his alleged sex romp.06 May 2010
  • The adventures of a Swami, and his friends - Express India The adventures of a Swami, and his friends His Bidadi ashram may have lost residents but there is no decline in faith for his ardent devotees. Nor have the police found enough evidence to wipe the smile off Swami Nityananda's face....06 May 2010
  • The adventures of a Swami, and his friends - Express India The adventures of a Swami, and his friends His Bidadi ashram may have lost residents but there is no decline in faith for his ardent devotees. Nor have the police found enough evidence to wipe the smile off Swami Nityanandas face....06 May 2010
  • Nityananda case: CID seeks statement from victim - Express India Nityananda case: CID seeks statement from victim One of the victims of the sex scandal case involving Swami Nityananda was in touch with police.05 May 2010
  • Verdict on bail plea of 'Nityananda' on May 6 - New KeralaVerdict on bail plea of 'Nityananda' on May 6 Ramanagaram, Karnataka, May 3 : The Sessions Court here today posted the verdict on bail application moved by tainted 'swami' Nityananda to May 6.04 May 2010
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  • Sex scandal in temple rocks city - The Times of India Sex scandal in temple rocks city Swami Nityananda's sex scandal may have rocked the country. Now Nagpur will wake up on Saturday to sleaze at a religious place in the city.01 May 2010
  • Nityananda sent to jail till May 12 - New Kerala Nityananda sent to jail till May 12 Bangalore, April 30: Tainted Swami Nityananda was Friday sent to jail till May 12, after being in police custody for eight days answering questions on his alleged sex-romp and other activities.30 Apr 2010
  • Nityananda sent to jail till May 12 - Calcutta News Nityananda sent to jail till May 12 Tainted Swami Nityananda was Friday sent to jail till May 12, after being in police custody for eight days answering questions on his alleged sex-romp and other activities.30 Apr 2010
  • I'm not a man, Nityananda told CID sleuths - The Times of India I'm not a man, Nityananda told CID sleuths "I'm not a man. There's no way I could have indulged in sexual activities with women. Do a potency test on me". That's the sum of Swami Nityananda's startling statements to CID sleuths.The swami's passport clearly mentions his gender as male, not transgender.29 Apr 2010
  • Tainted godman's CID custody extended again - New Kerala Tainted godman's CID custody extended again Ramanagaram, Karnataka, Apr 28 : A court in Ramanagaram today extended by two more days the CID custody of tainted Godman Swami Nityananda, who was caught in a sleaze act with a Tamil actress and also faces other charges.29 Apr 2010
  • Swami Nityananda gets to keep rudrakashamala - The Times of India Swami Nityananda gets to keep rudrakashamala The district court at Ramanagaram extended the police custody for Swami Nityananda for two more days, till Friday evening. At the same time, the court refrained from interfering with the CID sleuths' decision to take away the Rudrakshamala away from Nityananda.28 Apr 2010
  • Bangalore Sex Swami violated 'rules of tantra'? - NDTV Bangalore Sex Swami violated 'rules of tantra'? Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in a statement has said that Bangalore's disgraced self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda violated rules of tantra.28 Apr 2010
  • Damage control? JMM says voting in cut motions 'a mistake' - Express India Damage control? JMM says voting in cut motions 'a mistake' JMM made it clear there was no move to form a government in Jharkhand with Congress backing.28 Apr 2010
  • Swami Nityananda released from hospital - New Kerala Swami Nityananda released from hospital Bangalore, April 27 : Tainted godman Swami Nityananda, who was arrested from Himachal Pradesh, was on Tuesday released from a government hospital where he was admitted with 'severe chest pain'.27 Apr 2010
  • Tainted godman's CID custody extended - New Kerala Tainted godman's CID custody extended Ramanagaram, Karnataka, Apr 26 : A court here today extended to two more days the CID custody of tainted godman Swami Nityananda, who was caught in a sleaze act with a Tamil cinema actress and faces other charges.27 Apr 2010
  • Two more days police custody for Nityananda - New Kerala Two more days police custody for Nityananda Bangalore, April 26 : Sex-scam tainted Swami Nityananda will spend two more days in Karnataka Police custody, a court ruled Monday.27 Apr 2010
  • Nityananda should have had only one partner: Ravi Shankar - New Kerala Nityananda should have had only one partner: Ravi Shankar New York, April 26 : Disgraced self-styled godman Swami Nityananda violated the rules of tantra by "using so many people for one's pleasure", Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said Monday.27 Apr 2010
  • Nityananda’s police custody extended - Gulf Times Nityananda’s police custody extended Self-styled godman Swami Nityananda, accused of being involved in a sex scandal, will spend two more days in the custody of the Karnataka police, a court ruled yesterday.26 Apr 2010 
  • Older than 1 month …………………………………… Further Resources   By Robert Priddy Sex scandal in Indian media – Nityananda and forerunners   Swami ‘Paramahamsa’ Nityananda scandal – latest HC dismisses plea for CBI probe against Nityananda   Nityananda sex scandal compounded by his lies and deceits   Basava Premanand Tribute: Indian Exposer of Sathya Sai Baba Dies   Nityananda sex scandal compounded by his lies and deceits Nityananda video, lies and ’sex allegations’ …………………………………… By Barry Pittard  Nityananda, Sathya Sai Baba et al… Do Hindus Really Approve Sexual Immorality?  Nityananda Sex Scandal Erupts in India. Sathya Sai Baba Lessons? Nityananda Scandal. Police Seize Indicting Material. Why No Raids On Sathya Sai Baba?  Is Heat Too Much For Swami Nityananda, Under Fire By Sex Abuse Allegations? Why Nithyananda Sex Scandal Investigations and Not A Sathya Sai Baba Probe? Boy Scouts of America – Sex Abuse Revelations. Who Next? Priest Abuse. Long-denied Justice Catching Up In Australia Sexual Abuse Priests. What?! The Pope Never Knew? Roman Catholics’ Deep Concern At Pope’s Apology. But He Is Way Ahead Of Indian ‘Pope’ Sathya  Sai Baba   …………………………… The Public Petition   Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization   About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult  (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)     ——————————————     Subscribe in  NewsGator Online Subscribe  in Bloglines Add to My AOLAdd to Excite  MIX Add Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba  to Newsburst from CNET News.com Add to  netvibes     Add to The  Free Dictionary Add to netomat Hub Add to Webwag   Subscribe in a reader     Subscribe to Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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    Thorbjørn Meyer: Is Democracy Such A Good Idea?

    Posted by Barry Pittard on October 5, 2009

    My regular readers will perhaps have noticed my use of – not uncommonly – phrases of the sort:   Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core leaders.  Worthy leaders have their assistants or followers;  oppressive ones have their henchmen.

    Thorbjørn Meyer, Sathya Sai Baba Coordinator for Europe

    Thorbjørn Meyer, Sathya Sai Baba Coordinator for Europe

    Thorbjørn Meyer, European Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization, is regarded by a number who know him well as being of the henchman variety.  Meyer’s lack of accountability is great.  Abandoned are certain essential values of democratic accountability, as if they had never been heard of. This is of course true in regard to various other key Sathya Sai Baba leaders; however, Meyer is one of the foremost of the guru’s leaders, and his accountability even greater. He is right at the hub of the cover up of Sathya Sai Baba, and of his monumental spiritual betrayal, and of the suppression of serious crimes that would, were India far more properly democratic, be investigated as a matter of course. Indian democracy – it would be a good idea! (Pace Gandhiji!)

    Robert Priddy, when head of the Sathya Sai Organization, knew  Thorbjørn Meyer well, has just written the article:

    Sathya Sai Baba oils genitals (boys/young men) Part 1

    Posted by robertpriddy on October 4, 2009

    “It is now a wholly undisputed fact, even among many leading devotees (for example, the European Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Thorbjørn Meyer) that Sathya Sai Baba takes down the trousers of many young men and boys and handles their genitals intimately, rubbing on oil and sometimes also so-called ‘holy ash’. Many report that he also rubs vigorously so as to (try to) cause an erection, also sometimes kissing them voluptuously on the mouth. That any such things took place at all was long covered up by a number of top leaders in the Satya Sai Organisation! In civilised countries, the touching of genitals under such circumstances is an illegal, punishable action unless carried out by a doctor on prior consent of the patient. A number of Indian devotees have actually said that they see no wrong in this or any other sexual abuse of young males, because God Himself can do no wrong! Some have fanciful theories about it awakening spiritual powers, one even condones all forms of sexual abuse as needful karma (see here)

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    Further Resources

    Thorbjörn Meyer Interviewed on Danish TV News
    transcribed word for word in Danish from TV-Avisen
    , the Danish prime news show on January 31st at apx. 9:05PM. Transcribed and translated into english by Ole Alstrup. This interview was aired directly in the prime news as the first news immediately following the documentary was first shown on Danish Television.

    Robert Priddy  –  on his former colleague in Sathya Sai Baba Organization leadership, Thorbjørn Meyer

    THORBJØRN MEYER, CENTRAL COORDINATOR IN THE SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION, EUROPE
    who admits in an e-mail that Sathya Sai Baba does actually ‘oil genitals’, calling it an ‘age old Indian oil ceremony’

    by Robert Priddy, ex-leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organisation & former Oslo Centre (active 1983-1999).  Email correspondence with Robert Priddy and a revealing discussion

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    General

    Excerpt From Public Petition (With Barry Pittard’s comments)

    (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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