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Sathya Sai Baba’s Chief Broadcaster Dr G. Venkataraman: Select Critical Articles by Barry Pittard

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 24, 2010

Dr G.Venkataraman is about as close to Sathya Sai Baba as it is possible to get. His worldwide brief as his international broadcaster and his deputy chairmanship of the Sathya Sai Organization makes it relevant to look at his performance. The reader may keep in mind the question:  Is Venkataraman’s performance what one would expect of a chief disciple of – supposedly – God fully incarnate? Of course, even the most eminent disciples of famous spiritual leaders of the past made some bad showings – but (if the historical records are to be credited) turned out okay in the final run home. But has Venkataraman done so? He has had decades of practice for the “run home”? 

A detailed analyis of Venkatarman at work is found in Robert Priddy’s and Barry Pittard’s jointly authored, four-part article ‘The Sathya Sai Organization’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed’ .  To see his machinations in concert with the Vajpayee government and the then Director of UNESCO (which were exposed by the BBC’s David Saville), see: The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

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

“G. Venkataraman, formerly an intimate member of India’s nuclear bomb community, was Vice-Chancellor of Sai Baba’s university at Puttaparthi. He is now second-in-charge of the international Sathya Sai Organization, and head of Sai Global Harmony. The latter entity broadcasts, in affiliation with WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service, 24/7 to many countries. With a behind-the-scenes corporate-style, assisted by the billions of funds that pour from many countries into the Sathya Sai Central Trust, the aim is to penetrate to every corner of the globe. A vital question will be whether politicians in democratic countries will be capable of distinguishing between the issue of freedom of religion and the issue of cults that decidedly do not, whatever may be their rhetoric, respect democracy …. Dr Venkataraman is tantamount to being Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘minister of propaganda’. Practically all heads of the Sathya Sai Organization are forbidden to comment on critical matters, but G. Venkataraman is an exception. The few spokesmen (and they are almost always men!) say very little, as one would expect of a virtually Soviet-style, cultic organization, with a leader and a deputy chairman who can both wax lyrical about how the former dictator of Uganda Idi Amin wept with tears of devotion over Sai Baba”.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”

“Dr G. Venkataraman speaks of how thrilling was Sai Baba’s account in this ‘Christmas’ 2006 discourse of his 1968 visit to Uganda! But oh, what an inspiring figure was Idi Amin to refer to in a Christmas message! In case G. Venkataraman or anyone badly informed of Idi Amin’s evil deeds and regime, here and here are BBC reports at the time of his death in August 2003 and a list of resources”.

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(Above photo – is but a graphic art impression of the Dr G. Venkataraman-Sai Baba-Idi Amin Love-Fest).

“THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND” – GOD’S ORDERS and Sai Baba 

“The issue is not about high-profile leaders who unavoidably find themselves mixing with monstrous human beings – for example, dignitaries simply going about their formal duties, such as a King, Queen, President etc. The clear issue is that both Sai Baba and G. Venkataraman enthused warmly about recollections of Sai Baba’s visit to Idi Amin in Uganda in 1968, saying how Amin and his retinue were in copious tears of devotion for Sai Baba. Amin was one of the world’s greatest monsters – causing a holocaust estimated at 400,000 people, torturing, raping, engaging in violent orgies and cannibalism. And yet  – Sai Baba (who claims to be all-knowing and God fully manifest on earth and come to save the planet before he leaves it) and Venkataraman showed the most appalling bad taste and absence of judgement”.

Sathya Sai Baba and Dr G.Venkataraman: Will They Disavow Their Idi Amin Fondness?

“Note how Venkataraman, on Sai Global Radio, refers to Mr Idi Amin. I may add that it is interesting that Amin claimed to have a direct line to God. Did he have in mind, specifically, Sathya Sai Baba? Perhaps Amin scholars may have something among their files, and can let us all know.

Sathya Sai Baba-Idi Amin Nexus. Foolish-fond Memories

Sathya Sai Baba-Idi Amin Nexus. Fond Memories

Dr G. Venkataraman, Sathya Sai Baba’s Nuclear Boon Companion

Robert Priddy is the former long-time head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway and a retired philosopher in the Social Sciences, University of Oslo. He has written insightfully on the extraordinary, often Procrustean efforts of Dr G. Venkataraman to rationalise his beliefs in Sathya Sai Baba”.

Indian Scientist Dr G. Venkataraman Accused of Plagiarism

”In his article, Venkataraman – the most gullible physicist alive? Robert Priddy (see Wikipedia entry) notes:

Dr. G. Venkataraman reviews at length developments in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos… though nothing scientific that is not found in hundreds of books and other media. Venkataraman was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme. However, he has copied his information on astronomy from other scientific authorities. Yet he does not once attribute anything he reports to its originators or to other scientific sources! He has even plagiarised text from the Dennis Dutton website, without any mention …

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

“Despite the alarum and excursions of Dr G. Venkataraman (and informally allied Sathya Sai Baba proxy defenders on the Internet whose libels and slanders are deemed by top lawyers in three countries to be extreme, widespread and highly actionable), the BBC had every just cause to shoot clandestinely. The extensive lack of accountability, transparency and of Duty-of-Care were not only seen clearly by the BBC but have also been noted by other world leading, high quality media in several countries”.

The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign. Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members. Here is a quote from that document:

“Two semi-official pro-Sai web sites – saibabaofindia.com/ and saibabalinks.org/ – which could not operate without the help of central officials of the Sathya Sai Organization, Radio Sai Global Harmony and Sai ashrams, have links to websites which libel all former members who have spoken out. Such links reveal the obvious inability of Sai representatives in these groups to reply honestly and cogently to any of the many published allegations about Sai Baba made by those who were long respected members, in some cases prominent leaders, of his international organization. Furthermore, some members link to extremist web sites which have as their primary agenda contrived attempts at character assassination of ex-followers who present critical views. The most prominent of such sites are examined here and here.”

See a list (by no means exhaustive) of typical depradations of those Sathya Sai Baba forces (and those caught up in other cults) who claim to be involved in spirituality: Dissent From Guru Cults Draws Slander and Harassment. See also, Cultic Depersonalization or Demonization of Dissenters

The one-hour BBC dcumentary, The Secret Swami (2004) on Sathya Sai Baba, is compelling, and was the work of more than seven intensive months. Its scope was, however, narrow indeed in comparison to a vast database that discloses that much else ails Puttaparthi Sai Baba and his forces such as the Prashanti Council and the International Sathya Sai Organization. See: The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

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Questioning Sathya Sai Baba: India’s Most Famous and Politically Powerful Guru

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 9, 2009

In 1999 came the publication of three articles in Nexus magazine (August-September). A person close to me, who knew well that I had deafened my ears to anything inimical to Sathya Sai Baba, strongly urged me (putting the magazine right into my hand) to read these articles, one of which was by the head of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, Terry Gallagher, an agricultural scientist and businessman of Kyama, New South Wales, Australia. The editor, Duncan Roads, wrote of this own experiences of disillusionment with Sathya Sai Baba, but, more particularly, printed three articles that were already to be found on the Internet. See also: ‘BILD’ Story. “Guru Wants Sex” (Sathya Sai Baba) and Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

Before returning to Sathya Sai Baba for a few months in November 1997, and sensing a momentous issue looming, I had somehow briefly dared to look at writings on the Internet. I read the Canadian academic rationalist philosopher Professor Dale Beyerstein (now deceased) of the University of British Columbia. His very incisively-written book: “Sai Baba’s miracles: and overview” is HERE.  There was also the writing of the likewise articulate Italian former devotee Paul Holbach.

Across a range of Sai Baba issues, their writing was disciplined; they raised sharp questions which, by any token, deserved proper answers. Some of the questions, if not answered frankly and truthfully, could best be answered by properly consitituted processes, such as a police, court of law or government enquiry. It was not enough for Indulal Shah, head of the Sathya Sai Organization, to make blatantly antidemocratic proclamations in June 1993, at the time of the Puttaparthi police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom. For example, it was reported in one of India’s elite newspapers The Hindu, June 10, 1993:

“When press persons met Mr. Indulal Shah, chief functionary of the Sri Sathya Sai World Trust, he said, ‘the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.’”

See: ‘God’s’ Ex-Shah, Indulal Shah

Where were all the other leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization? Were there evidences, under real testing conditions, of that truth, right conduct, love and peace, everywhere evangelized by Sathya Sai Baba and his followers? Were there voices of independence, clarity and conscience? No. There was glacial silence. The smell of suppressed fear. Smiles that did not smile. Eyes that looked away. There was the ruthless driving out of those who questioned. Were the questioners mavericks? Typical trouble-makers? Deficient of intelligence and efficiency in their lives? No, they were not. Those who started to investigate the first hand accounts of terrible, and in many cases criminal, abuse were longtime stalwarts, some of them highly-respected leaders. The Sathya Sai Organization perfectly well knew of the years of signal devotion and service of those who were now questioning. 

But Sathya Sai Baba and his servitors remain tight-lipped to this day, all these years after.  As well as the terrible abuses that occurred in the first instance, to their undying shame, they have allowed many fine man and women to be execrated and slandered. With incredible mendacity, they tell their congregations – inasmuch as they tell them very much at all – that ‘the allegations’ are made by a small handful of disgruntled individuals.

Select Further Reading

Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam

Sathya Sai Organization, Australia, Ex-Head Terry Gallagher’s Testimony Against Sathya Sai Baba

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

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

(Late) Ron and Peggy Laing: Deeply Alienated From Sathya Sai Organization

Timothy Conway’s Update

Timothy Conway PH.D confirms the Hislop letters

Formal statement provided to Exbaba.com by Timothy Conway Ph. D. concerning the Hislop letters

Dr Naresh Bhatia. Silenced Now In Indian Child Abuse Scourge

Letter from Stephen Carthew

Story of My Disqualification, and other articles by Serguei Badaev

Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of AmericaAl Rahm’s explanatory letter

Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family

Top UK Sathya Sai Organization leaders left Sathya Sai Baba

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

On Leaving the Sathya Sai Baba Cult – Ex Leaders and Rank-and-File

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

Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

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

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Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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There is a Spanish version available:

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Sathya Sai Baba 84th Birthday Celebrations. Will 21st Century India Tolerate The Shame That Is Puttaparthi?

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2009

Unimaginable splurgings of pomp, ceremony and conspicuous waste attend, year after year, Sathya Sai Baba’s imperial-like birthday celebrations. The global financial meltdown will not have melted down his vast reserves of gold.

Many politicians from right across India’s political spectrum fall at Sathya Sai Baba’s feet. Likewise industrialists, judges, many of the top brass from the armed services and police, and so forth. We know, too, via strong former devotee contacts with those who have roles at high levels, that, though there are those in foreign service who genuinely regret it, diplomats have been told by their political masters “not to rock the boat” on the Sathya Sai Baba issue.

This is actually a great disservice to India, because Sathya Sai Baba is NOT India!

Most certainly not. In marked contrast, a great many Indians do not in substantive ways – even though they acknowledge that his devotees often do good social works – respect Sathya Sai Baba and his extremely undemocratic and unaccountable cult. By way of confirmation, let any traveller to India keep his or her ears open or even politely pose the question to many of her citizens. That simple test is almost enough in itself. Many well-informed Indians do not appreciate that, at a time when vast efforts  are being made on many fronts to bring India into the best of 21st century practice, that, buffoon-like, Sathya Sai Baba flourishes unbounded aspirations to create a Ram-Rajarate, as it were, in their country – far more opulent the ‘Glory that was Rome’ or the ‘Splendour that was Greece’.Golden Glitter For Sai Baba's 83rd Birthday Mind you, it is more than India he has said that he will rule – it is the whole world. In regard to India, see, for example, the south Indian scholar-Sai Baba devotee Ra. Ganapati  in his semi-official biography, “Baba: Sathya Sai” (Vol II – page 85):

“His college students had the privilege to see another unique creation in the Ootacamund Summer Course in June 1976. Svami, who declared that He would live to see ninety six years in this body, mentioned that eighteen important institutions would be established by Him all over India in the remaining forty six years, and circled His hand.
Immediately there appeared in His hand a big medal with the map of India engraved. There were inscribed therein the eighteen institutions that are to appear in the next near-half-century. Not only that, the medal also carried the important ‘achievements-to-be’ of Svami in the future, in microscopic Devanagiri characters in the Samskrit language.”

Many have heard and read where he says that the whole world will be under his rulership, and that he will return in the name of Prema Sai Baba to finalize this work. In a 1961 Discourse, he said: “I shall be in this body for 58 years more; I have assured you of this already.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, II, 18:92.) A year previously, he said: “I will be in this mortal human form for 59 years more and I shall certainly achieve the purpose of this avathaar, do not doubt it. I will take My own time and carry out My Plan as far as you are concerned.” (I, 31:198; Prashanthi Nilayam 29-9-1960 – second discourse) Both these statements indicate a death date 2019 (although he would not use the ‘word’ death) of 2019. Other statements in official publications confuse the issue by stating 2022. 

He had best get a wriggle on, for he is now terribly ailing. See:   Sai Baba – A Degenerative Disease? and Sai Baba’s Tip To Keep Ageing Away and Sathya Sai Baba Is Fast-ailing and Sathya Sai Baba’s Slurred Speech Due To Old Age. ‘Eenadu’ News Report

The would-be King of Kings, Lord of Lords

Mace of gold. Mace of a Master? Or Club for use on the heads of those who question him?

He says he will rule the world

He says he will rule the world before leaving it, circa AD 2022

A modest dwellingplace of the would-be Most High

Puttaparthi Prashanthi Nilayam. Modest dwellingplace of the Most High – or aspiring Disneyland?

Sai gold statue

Mahatma Gandhi    

Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 during a visit to London. What a very different person to Sathya Sai Baba …. Below, too, are some other qualitatively different persons …

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Sai Baba click here for Sai residence today  Sai Kodaihouse  Sai Trayee

   Sai Dharmak.      

 Sathya Sai Anger Mismanagement Sathya Sai Anger Mismanagement as demonstrated by Sathya Sai Baba’s international chairman Dr Michael Goldstein of Corvina, California, USA. He was caught by BBC hidden camera in ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004), using appallingly bad arguments, and getting angry at the most politely-ask questions of Tanya Datta and her colleague. So serious was the compelling mass of evidence from around the world of Sai Baba’s commission of many instances of serious forms of abuse (including that of boys and young men), and the extreme lack of transparency and accountability of the Sathya Sai Organization, that the BBC producers gained a very sparingly-used sanction from the highest echelons of BBC Management. See: 

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Would my reader wish to be ruled by Satya Sai Baba’s henchmen, much less by Sai Baba himself?

Or, indeed, anger might be put to better purpose! :-

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Sai Baba on his Golden Chariot

 

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Sathya Sai Baba "dislikes pomp" Sathya Sai Baba says he dislikes pomp. “I am prepared” he said, “even to give up Prashanthi Nilayam to meet the needs of my people.” (Sanathana Sarathi October 1998, page 265)

 Indian God’s Birthday. Says Will Rule World. Photo

Pomp at Puttaparthi is scarcely equalled anywhere

Puttaparthi Pomp. The Emperor That Never Was

 SPITZ SPACE THEATRE      BANGALORE SAI HOSPITAL   WHITEFIELD SAI COLLEGE

Sai Baba’s Imperial 83rd Birthday Celebrations Photo, Puttaparthi, India

Indian PM, Manmohan Dresses Up For Sathya Sai Baba

Indian PM, Manmohan Dresses Up For Sathya Sai Baba

  Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony

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

MADRAS SAIBUILDING PUTTAPARTHI SPIRITUAL MUSEUM PRASHANTHI MANDIR INSIDE SAI HOSPITAL BRINDAVAN MANTAP CHAITANYA JYOTI MUSEUM

Sathya Sai Baba upcoming birthday

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Indisputable facts about Sathya Sai Baba by BBC

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

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

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SaiBaba on thrones    sathya sai throne   Sai on thrones             

saibabathrone    Baba on 3 thrones   

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

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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

There is a Spanish version available:

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

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