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Huffington Post Needs To Update Views On Sathya Sai Baba and His Authoritarian Cult

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 20, 2013

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I note a series of pro Sathya Sai Baba articles, over time, on Huffington Post, USA. Limited space allows for comment beneath these – not always a bad thing, it must be said. I shall later post my reply to the latest article, by Vamsee Juluri, a professor in communications, and author of earlier extolling articles on Sai Baba, which will perhaps be this:

Scriptures are of their own time. Taken literally they can s0metimes assault reason, humanity and commonsense. Sai Baba believed literally in gods and demons. His statements e.g., about Jesus and Martin Luther, are historically inaccurate. He made serious scientific mistakes and unfulfilled prophecies. Many former leaders investigated with the utmost integrity. Pointing out anomalies should not invite abusive comment. Points pro Sai Baba commentators raise on HP are more than dealt with by the more capable former devotee writers on the internet. It is about responsibility, not about hate.

Since exposure via major world media e.g., the BBC’s documentary ‘The Secret Swami’, viewed by millions in many countries, many foremost leaders and followers quit the Sathya Sai Baba cult. Still more, after the Indian media and Andhra Pradesh state government (June, 2011) revealed Sai Baba’s vast secret hoard of money and valuables. Exposed too was the Sathya Sai Central Trust.

He claimed he would live till circa 2022 and rule the world, yet died suspiciously, legalities side-stepped. World-wide data attest e.g., Sai Baba’s serial sexual molestation of boys and young men, the apartments scams, and, chillingly, the hushed-up killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom.

Barry Pittard, Australia, former lecturer in English at the Sathya Sai Baba College, Whitefield, South India. https://barrypittard.wordpress.com

I copy the Vamsee Juluri article 16 January below, because it exposes how blinded very educated Sathya Sai Baba devotees are. They in no wise fearlessly look at the compelling data from a great many sources. They are a standing affront to many with credentials, just as outstanding, in various professions and trades, who have raised voices of conscience and profoundly evidence-based dissent. These dissenters are not contested as to integrity – except by those who fail to use investigative and ethical criteria, which they would in their professions otherwise, presumably, use and applaud. Thus is the mind-spell that grips those under the sway of charismatic gurus and narrow belief systems.

It will be interesting to see whether Vamsee Juluri thinks he can meet, with the slightest amount of evidence contrary to the contentions of two recent responders to his Huffington Post article (see below) – or the vast  Sathya Sai Baba exposure data on the web: e.g.:

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9 hours ago (11:22 AM)

I can understand that dear myths you cherish can be very sweet. But let’s remember mere facts:
(1) In 1993 six people were killed in Sathya Sai Baba’s rooms and the investigation was stopped with no court verdict. That is a serious violation of law and Sathya Sai Baba was a part of it.
(2) In September 2000 UNESCO withdrew from an educational conference which was going to be held in Prashanthi Nilayam, one of the ashrams of Sathya Sai Baba. As it was explained by UNESCO in the press-release, it was because of a deep concern about the allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that had been leveled at Sathya Sai Baba by his critics.
(3) In 2002 the Parliament of the United Kingdom discussed the possible danger to male children of British families intending to visit the ashram of Sathya Sai Baba in case of individual audiences with the guru.
(4) After Sathya Sai Baba death in 2011 in his rooms they discovered 98 kg of gold ornaments, approximate value Rs 21 crore (US$4.7m), 307 kg of silver ornaments, approximate value Rs 1.6 crore (US$0.36m), and Rs 11.6 crore (US$2.6m) in cash.
You can find more information just checking Wikipedia article about SSB.
10 hours ago (11:01 AM)
I was once a leader in the Sathya Sai Baba movement for nearly two decades, but left in 2000 after I investigated deeply into the massive exposures of Sai Baba’s infamous ‘divine downfall’ . After the many revelations of Sai Baba’s private hoarding of valuables on a huge scale, the cynical manipulations and continued cover-ups of the Sai Central Trust, news of bogus miracles (exposed by devotees themselves!) People still write letters to Sai Baba in a box but he died under the most suspect and unpropitious circumstances and the cause of his illness and death was carefully concealed. What of the world-wide testimonies of sexual molestation, known to be true by many long-term residents in his ashram and even office-bearers, as well as scandalous cover-up to the highest level by compromised long-term devotees (who were Prime Ministers etc.) of his direct involvement in the cold-blooded execution by police of four devotees. That is the ugly dark side which devotees have struggled their utmost to bury and forget.
Sai Baba preached much unrealistic, vague and impracticable advice, a Hindu nationalistic throwback to the past, questioning the validity of human rights, supporting caste ideas, taking Indian scriptural myth as fact plus many superficial, ambiguous ‘teachings’. The laughable distortions of fact in his teaching on Christianity and other religions, and his promotion of many absurdly wrong medical, scientific, historical and educational ideas in conflict with all modern knowledge is all documented – search on Google.
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Posted: 01/16/2013 11:51 am

On a bright sunny January morning, as people in India celebrated the festival of Sankranthi, I returned to Prasanthi Nilayam, the home of my family’s revered Guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It was my first visit there in nearly five years, and more importantly, it was my first visit there since his passing, in April 2011.

It was therefore the first time that I had to face up to the ideal so many spiritual paths teach us: that it is not the form that matters, but what it contains.

Sitting once again in the vast expansive halls of Prashanthi Nilayam where we once used to wait, seemingly endlessly, for a few minutes of darshan, I felt strangely empty of expectation. There was no anticipation, or the sometimes charged tension, one felt in the long and silent wait for Baba’s arrival into the hall. The protocols though — and of course, the people — were very much the same as before. There were lots of people, as always, and they sat in more rows than one could hope to count without getting up. Short programs featuring students from Baba’s schools and colleges were conducted. The ever-popular bhajans were sung, and the sacred arathi offered. At the end, though, everyone lined up for what is now called Samadhi-darshan, a few seconds of silent prayer at the edge of the marble monument which marks as close as we will ever get again to our beloved Swami, as we called him. As we left, we were given a rose-petal as a sign of blessing. I noted the presence of small baskets on the floor, where devotees could leave letters addressed to him, as they did when he was alive.

Nothing has changed in Prashanthi Nilayam. The ceremonies, the celebrations, the students’ earnest and sometimes enchanting plays and performances, the bhajans that made this movement so simple and easy to belong to, and most of all the people, the vast and reasonably well self-regulated throngs of devotees, seekers, and the curious who came, they were all there. It seemed to me that at any moment, the black and orange spot of flame that Baba looked like amidst the great crowds would appear from somewhere. I recall the effect his entrance used to have on the massive crowds, how bodies stiffened and turned as one to face him, even if he was so distant as to appear like a tiny speck of color. Despite that wistful feeling, the only difference now, it seemed to me, was that instead of craning for a sight of a flash of orange in the sea of heads that surrounded us, now we sought only for a line of sight toward the white marble surface of his Samadhi, not unlike the way we try to steal a sight of the deity in the great (and crowded) ancient temples of India like Tirupati. The feeling, and the belief, obviously has not changed, for me, and for the thousands of people who still come.

And yet, everything has changed too. How could it not?

I belonged to a generation, and a moment in time, when the Sai movement, its members and its service activities, were beginning to expand momentously. In my early visits to Puttaparthi in the 1980s, I could still see a bit of the ease and familiarity earlier devotees used to say they had with Baba. The crowds were smaller, and the time one had with him, a little bit longer, and the space more intimate. By the 1990s, the place was a giant spectacle, with thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands, of people visiting the ashram almost every day. The once tiny, desolate and poor village of Puttaparthi now even had an airport. The giant hospital, university and various other philanthropic projects undertaken by Baba dominated the landscape, and the attention of the devotee-volunteers. Heads of state came to visit, frequently, and share in some of the spirit of service and accomplishment that the movement saw at this time, such as the massive projects that delivered drinking water to hundreds of poor villages in the region.

And yet, at the center of all this was the diminutive figure of Baba, a small, maternal, kind and often witty person who many of us simply could not perceive as anything other than an avatar, a human incarnation of divinity itself. At first, that feeling was a strange and unexpected change for me. Until I met Baba, I only thought of God in the abstract, or as mystically embodied in stone and metal in our temples. For nearly 25 years after that, I thought of God in very human terms, as a person, a very specific person, who I thought was so much like my own father and mother in many ways, in his ideals, practice and even his persona. Now, all that seems like it was a wonderful time, but it has passed. Baba is and will continue to be venerated, among the faithful, no different from the other forms and names by which the divine is venerated. In the future, some of us will think of him as we think of Krishna and Rama now. We will, inevitably, move into a realm where our gods will not talk back to us or encourage us or lovingly reprimand us, as the case may once have been. We will make our gods our gods, and forget, inevitably, that they were gurus too, that they so taught us, and not by words alone.

In my brief stay at the ashram this week, I could see that there were many new, younger devotees and visitors present as well. By the afternoon, the sprawling grounds of the ashram started to look the way it used to in the past, with hundreds of families camping out under trees and bits of shade here and there. I remember those days, when tens and sometimes even hundreds of thousands of people descended on Puttaparthi for a mere sight of the man they believed was God incarnate. Even in the anonymity of the mass, there was so much of a connection between the people and their guru, because he was there, and he connected as a human being, an elder and benefactor, with more people and families, and more profoundly and meaningfully, than we can even fathom. His teachings, and the simple bhakti practices he advocated such as service and singing, were perhaps secondary to the mad adoration and faith that marked their relationship with him. Now, only his teachings, and the world he built, remain.

As I left Prashanthi Nilayam at night, and a smiling moon rose over the horizon, I thought briefly about what that world will mean in the future, and mean something it surely will, because the people are there, and they are coming. The question though is what exactly people are coming for. One can be certain that for many, the journey will be about the expectation of a miracle; an illness cured, an examination passed, a promotion secured, the mundane things God gets called on for every moment and every day. Like Shirdi, Puttaparthi will remain a place where faith lives and resonates for the faithful. But there is also the other miracle that took place in this speck of a hamlet in a dry and desolate corner of south India no one would have heard of but for one simple peasant son. That miracle, I think, is still unfolding. We may see its visible manifestations in the form of gigantic hospitals that offer free treatment to all and water pipelines and tankers that quench the thirst of thousands of villagers in India’s most arid regions, but there is more to come too. All those who knew Baba, and who are coming to know him now, after his passing, will find that the real arena for the miraculous is not in some mystical plane, but really in our own lives. I think we will find, somehow, still, that kindness and love are the only way to live. There may be alternatives to our religions, our paths and chosen deities. But there is no alternative to love. Sometimes, I feel that because I believe Baba’s presence is always here and shows me that. At other times, I feel nothing more than this world and the people in it that make the world for me, and still, all this shows me that too.

Baba did not quite say it in those words, but George Harrison did. Prashanthi Nilayam, the Abode of Peace, seems to me is now Within You and Without You.

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 24, 2010

That age has its physical and mental ravages is not the point here.  Who is not privy to these? …. To which Shakespeare’s Hamlet refers in his famous soliloquy – … “The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.”  The only point here is that Sathya Sai Baba has made demonstrably unreal and false statements in regard to prophecies about his own physical state.

At his 60th birthday, Sathya Sai Baba foretold that he would not physically age. But now look! And compare the various older photos with those only of the last days.

The newspaper Eenadu is the largest circulated Telugu newspaper in Andhra Pradesh (the State where Sathya Sai Baba lives), and claims a daily readership of over 10 million. (See my article: Sathya Sai Baba’s Slurred Speech Due To Old Age. ‘Eenadu’ News Report). Eenadu reported at the time of the last birthday:

“Lacking in Clarity: There was a lack of clarity in Satya Sai’s speech because of his old age. The interpreter struggled much to translate his speech into English. Satya Sai was seated in a special wheel chair which was brought very close to the car, so he could very slowly get into it. At the time of the speech, he stood up with great difficulty with the help of his assistants”.

Though, with what absurd self-deception, he has said:

“The attributes of the Avatars are beyond human comprehension…. Rama and Krishna were ever youthful. Have you ever seen a picture of Rama or Krishna with grey hair?….. Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces … I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause). There is not a single wrinkle on My face”. Sanathana Sarathi October, 2002

“I do not suffer from any kind of disease because there is no trace of greed in Me. That is why I am always healthy…” Sanathana Sarathi September 2001, page 257f, 186

“Many people wonder that I look so young even at the age of 73. The reason is that I have the three P’s in Me. One is Purity, the second is Patience and the third is Perseverance. It is because of these three that I shall remain like this for any number of years to come. (cheers)” p. 302 Sanathana Sarathi, 11-1998

Sai Baba recently claimed he always smiles - but nowadays only this!
“Purity, patience and perseverance. With these three you are bound to acquire good health and bliss. You may believe it or not. But the truth is that these three are responsible for my health (Arogya) and bliss (Ananda)” (Sanathana Sarathi July 1995, p. 173)

60th Birthday Promise Of Not Physically Ageing – Falsified!

Our reports from Puttaparthi from reliable sources include that he has bouts that disclose mental difficulties.

In his public discourse March 13, 2002, he told thousands that his divine magnetism holds him to the ground, impeding his feet and hand movements:

“So when I put My foot down, the whole foot stuck to the ground. It is a little hard to lift a foot that is stuck. Wherever I walk, it sticks there. Whatever is held, it sticks to My (sic) hand. This magnet is not in everyone like this. This magnet is so powerful only in Divinity.”

Former co-founder and leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization, Robert Priddy has written:

“In 1998 V.K. Narasimhan (editor of Sanathana Sarathi) told me that Sathya Sai Baba had told him definitively that he had not had his hair cut for 20 years! However, photos taken of Sathya Sai Baba through that period show clearly that (around 1993/4?) his hair was suddenly seen to be about 1/3 or less of the volume it normally had. Then it slowly grew out again. I was present at the ashram at that time and observed this closer crop of his hair. So Sathya Sai Baba can tell his followers anything he likes, whether true or not, accurate or not, and get away with it! There have been any number of photos showing Sathya Sai Baba before and after a haircut (though this fact is never mentioned by devotees, of course. The condition of his thinning hair in 2010 is shown here. Even from these photos, all taken within a few years after 2004, one can see that his hair has been trimmed, fashioned etc. It is claimed too by Indian skeptics that he dyes his hair to keep it black, as he once predicted it would always be, and that he suffers from a bad skin condition as a result”.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deceptive Hair Management

 

In Februry 2007, I made a note:  “the Australian scholar Brian Steel’s remark of February 2002 seems almost prescient:

‘Since the ‘discrepancies’ appear to be increasing nowadays, is there any possibility that Sai Baba is suffering from a degenerative ageing disease which might have an effect on his thinking and speaking?’

Likewise, in October 2002, a Swedish psychologist and former devotee, Åsa Samsioe, noting physical signs of Sai Baba’s ageing like his development of a ’turkey throat’ and also the “low intellectual level” of his discourses, remarked:

‘He must have one heck of a job, Sathya Sai Baba… it can’t be easy to age in his situation, besides being under so much criticism as he has recently been… not surprising that it leaves its marks. Occasionally I think ‘poor man’… feel some pity for him. A whole life built on lies… captured by the myth about himself… to be the object of the projections of millions… and to be forced , at least outwardly, to live up to all the expectations put to him… to always have to have all those people around him’. http://home.no.net/anir/Sai/enigma/Swede4.htm

It is just under a decade since Sai Baba informed devotees all round the world that his aircraft is about to take off to bring his mission to the whole world. But the runway, like his own imagination, would seem to have run away on him. He turned 81 last November (though evidence indicates that he has falsified his actual birthdate by three years). Here, in his own words, in almost in full flight, is yet another of his myriad failed predictions:

‘Swami’s mission has made this turn to face the runway. The 70th birthday was the signal from the tower to accelerate. In the 75th birthday, the airplane will leave the ground’.

Further Reading

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

Amid a great deal of ostentatious and wasteful pomp in a country wracked by poverty, squalor and corruption, Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his 85th birthday.  See:

Sathya Sai Baba – the Indian Government’s God Incarnate

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2010 (NEW!)

Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India (NEW!)

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday (NEW!)

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba’s Slurred Speech Due To Old Age. ‘Eenadu’ News Report

Sathya Sai Baba Tells Untruths About His Health

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises

Sathya Sai Baba Is Fast-ailing

Sai Baba Fails to Grant Great Moon Darshan

Sai Baba Fails To Appear In The Moon, IANS Reports

Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further

Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore

The Golden Age of Sai Baba

Will World Accept Sathya Sai Baba? He Says Yes. Very Soon

The Ageless 'Avatar' Ageless – Old ‘Avatars’ never die, but merely fade away

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General

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 85th Birthday No Celebration For Those He Has So Badly Hurt

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 23, 2010

STOP PRESS!

Deccan Chronicle

Puttaparthi town hit by poor civic amenities
 
 

 

 

November 16th, 2010

 

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While the authorities are making temporary arrangements for the visit of notable persons from 150 nations, problems of long-pending basic amenities haunt the dwellers. Almost all internal roads are ruined and drains are waterlogged across the town ….

Sewage treatment is in shambles though civic authorities renovated it with Rs 1 crore last year. Residents are concerned as unhygienic conditions prevail at the municipal compost yard.

The government assured that it would provide boating facilities for devotees in Enumulapalli tank, but this has not materialised yet.

Dwellers urge the government to take up roads and drainage system restoration works before Baba’s birthday, else it would give a bad impression to the visiting dignitaries.

 

 
 
 

 

 

Golden Glitter For Sai Baba’s 83rd Birthday

 

 

 Amid a great deal of ostentatious and wasteful pomp in a country wracked by poverty, squalor and corruption, Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his 85th birthday.  See:

Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2010

It is to be hoped that concerned families, friends and colleagues of Sathya Sai Baba devotees will make use of the list below – although the numbers of those who have left have grown greatly since someone took the trouble to compile this one.

The list can be shown to devotees whose Sai cult leaders have taken measures to depict as a “handful of disgruntled individuals” those former followers who have left Sathya Sai Baba for acute moral and spiritual reasons. The undying truth is that there are former followers from many countries, professions, trades and backgrounds who have made considerable sacrifices to bring the facts about Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors into public view. They have been prey to the utmost distortion. They have been reviled, libeled, defamed and shunned.

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(BBC) THIS WORLD – Documentary film: “The Secret Swami” TRANSCRIPT

Tx Date: 17th June 2004 This script was made from audio tape – any inaccuracies are due to voices being unclear or inaudible

The Rahm family introduction
Alaya Rahm visits Sai Baba
The first ‘genital oiling’ on Alaya Rahm
Mark Roche testimony on sex abuse
Alaya Rahm given cheap, false trinkets
Khushwant Singh [writer] on Sai movement
Kushwant Singh on ‘genital oiling’
Dr. M. Goldstein on Sathya Sai Baba as God
Dr. Michael Goldstein on ‘materialisations’
Dr. Michael Goldstein hears the Rahm’s account
Dr. Michael Goldstein secretly filmed!
Dr. M. Goldstein earns praise from Sai Baba
Sai Baba’s failed/faked lingam production
Sai Baba’s collapse after ’3-tonnes’ of weight!
Isaac Tigrett confirms sexual abuses
Premanand on Sai claims
Premanand shows Sai tricks
The Murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom
Ex-Home Minister V.P. Nair on the murders
V.P. Nair on reason for murder cover-up
Premanand on the murders
Minister Murali Mahohar Joshi loses his cool
UNESCO/US State Department warnings etc.

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THIS LIST INCLUDES TOP LEADERS, OFFICE-BEARERS, VIPs &/or (often long-term) SAI WORKERS who left the INTERNATIONAL SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION mostly after 2000 – due to disillusionment and/or disgust at the known activities of Sai Baba. It also includes devotees who have been followers from as early as childhood and others of only some years duration.

It is important to understand that the list of names here represents only those who have spoken out about their disillusionment. This number is like the proverbial tip of the iceberg  (or less)… for in three countries I know well, less than 5% of those who have left the Organization have made known the fact to the public.

This list of apostates has been compiled from e-mails received , public postings of resignation letters and other such documents, including signatories of the Sai Petition (see here). Amendments and additions to this list (which is certainly very far from complete regarding many countries) can be sent to this blogsite as a comment.

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U.S.A.

Elena A. Hartgering – devotee from 1979 to 2000, Manchester, CT, USA. Manchester Center. Service Coordinator, Vice President, and Workshop facilitator at Sai events, e.g., Sai Annual Retreat and Regional Retreat. (3 trips to India)

John J. Hartgering – Devotee 1987 – 2000, Manchester, Connecticut, Center President, Service Coordinator.

Timothy Conway Ph.D. – Follower for 22 years from 1978 – President of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of San Francisco from 1982-4

David. J. Lyons – Follower from 1981 to 2000. Ex-President of the Center of Greater New Orleans.

Anthony LoGrasso – devotee from 1988 – 2000, Bolton, Connecticut, Manchester Center. Service Coordinator

David J. LaFratta – 25 years of deep devotion – 16 trips to India to see SSB. Windsor Center, Somers, Connecticut.

Nathan LaFratta – son of David above – raised as a Sai devotee. EHV student. Officer in the Young Adults Program. Participant in the Summer at Brindavan program. Windsor Center, Somers, Connecticut. Left SSB when father discovered his fraudulence.

Norman Green – long-time devotee. In the book business. Acted as conduit in obtaining Baba books. Manchester Center, Connecticut, USA.

Lori Kaplowitz – President of the newly formed Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA, USA. Acted as mentor to Young Adults program. coordinator of the first SSB Camp in Willimantic, CT, USA. Dropped out of movement prior to commencement of the camp.

Alvin Drucker – Almost continuously leading foreign resident at PN from 1970s till ca. 1990. Author of ‘Sai Baba Gita’. Banned permanently from ashrams and all SSO meetings by SSB personally at Brindavan interview in 1992. (Confusingly/confusedly he still seems to worship SSB, though he also claims to be an advaitist).

Dennis J. Hanisch Follower for 27 years. Founder member and Vice-President, Seattle Center. Active in exposing SSB’s sexual activities.

Dave. G. Brandt – 1971- 2001. USA Official Contact for Nebraska, N. and S. Dakota. Wyoming/

Richard Nelson Member 1979-2000 Ex-President Santa Barbara Center.

Terry Nelson – Member 1979-2000.

Sharon Purcell – Follower for 32 years. Founder member of Tustin Center, California. Sathya Purcell Lifetime follower until age 23.

Shirley J. Pike – Ex-President, NC Region: Ex-President Cedar Rapids Center, Iowa. (psychologist, sexual abuse counsellor)

Glen Meloy – SSO member for 26 years. Member of 1st Advisory Board of the SSB Society for USA. Co-Manager, Sathya Sai Book Center of America in 1974-5.

Tal Brooke – Prominent devotee 1969-1971. Victim of sexual approaches by SSB. Wrote exposure books, starting with ‘Avatar of Night’.

Al Rahm, wife and son – Office-bearing member of the SSO for decades. Regional Devotional Coordinator and founder of first Education in Human Values school in the U.S. All totally disaffected.

Paul Throne – USA 1988-2000 Center education coordinator Have been to see SSB 4 times, 1990, 1994, 1995-96 and 1999.

Taniya Weerasuriya Purcell – 1994-1998. Bal Vikas Teacher

Steve Woolard – President of Walnut Creek, CA center for 5 years

Bettina Woolard – 1991 – 2000 SSE teacher and Service Coordinator

Miriam Reinhart – 1987-2000 President Eugene, Oregon chapter 1993-1995 .

Jon Sutton – 1986 -2000 Hosting the Eugene Sai Center for fifteen years.

Ella Evers – 1986-2000 Various Offices plus hosting Eugene Sai Center for 15 years.

Lilian Pike – 1980 – 1998.

Lisa Tice – 1985-2000 President of Gig Harbor Center for 7 years

Jim Veenker – 1997-2000 Local Seva coordinator & vice president.

Matt Monahan – From 1981, resigned in June, 2000

Rick Raines – former president of the South Central Region. ( incl. Texas)

Catherine Murray – since 1975; Sai Organisation 1996-2005

Prashant Jayaraman – 1990-2005 [signed the Sai petition July 14. 2008]

Miguel Angel Gonzalez – : 1996 hasta hoy 5 Abr 08 Position in S.S.Org: various en USA y Argentina

Soni Sutton – from Birth to age 29 (1974 to 2003)

Barbara Dent – 1987- 2004

John Hart – 1986-1988

Barbara Sullivan – 1981 – (2003?)

Richard H. Allan – Fall 1977- Dec. 1999

James W. Paxton, USA – 1993-2001

Karen Harp, USA – 1993-1995 To think, I named my daughter after this man! I have since learned he has abused many of the pupils in his boys’ schools.

Bonita Swordmaker, America – 1987-2002 Wedgewood group of Seattle, Washington.

Darren Fidels – 1974-2003

Arlene Mazak, Ph.D. – Follower 1975-2000

Greg Gerson – Follower from 1993-2003 – was molested

Kevin D.H. – 1993-2002

Carolyn Wise – 1998-2004

H. Devosey – Ex-member of Austin centre

Victor Brooks – Follower 1980 to 1998

Anurag S. Raj – 1996-1999

George Figueroa – follower – 1999-2002

William ** [Ph.D.] former president of the North Central Region, gave resignation notification to the National Coordinator.

Joanna Padgett – follower: 1971-1983 [signed the Sai petition August 15. 2008]

Cate Murray – follower: 1998 – 2005[signed the Sai petition December 22. 2009]

Sunny Torres – follower: 1996 – 2008 S.S.Org: Service Coordinator at Windsor CT Center , Newhaven, Connecticut [signed the Sai petition on January 11. 2009]

CANADA

James Albert Danis – Follower for 13 years “Co-ordinator for Special Programs” – Christmas and Easter Programs at the Vancouver Sai Center and for The English Devotional Group.

Marianne Warren – Centre President, Toronto. Ran bookshop. Author of book on Shirdi Baba. Resigned due to disaffection & sexual allegations..

Michael Warren – Sai Centre President, Toronto. With wife, involved with SSB Book & Information Centre in Canada for many years. Growing disillusionment with SSB in the years prior to the total break in 2000, which was due to the homosexual/pedophile revelations.

Dhyani Jo Sinclair – Member and Sai Centre Secretary, 1995-2000. Learned of sexual molestations from victims.

Susan Angel – 1975 – 2001 Former Bal Vikas teacher

Michael & Daniel Ward – Investigative party with friends – involved since 1985.

Tony O’Clery – 1985-2000 Secretary, Vancouver Centre.

Sylvain Beauchamp – 1992-2004

Ms. Armande McKenna -1986 – 2001.

Adeel Amin – Follower 1990 to 2000 ex-Bal Vikas student

Helen Robitaille – Co-ordinator in the Montreal area

Myuran Palasandiran, Follower 1990-1996

(Seven coordinators in Quebec province resigned prior to May 2001.)

U.K.

Ron Laing. Former member of the World Council of SSO and Ex-President of UK SSO. Left Organisation (pre 1986).due to authoritarian leadership by I. Shah and major dissatisfaction with the Organisation’s rules and practices.

Lucas Ralli – Ex-President of UK SSO and Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland. Sacked (pre-1994) from SSO for opposing I. Shah over many mismanagement issues. Ceased to visit SSB.soon afterwards.

David Bailey – 1994? to 1999. Favourite of SSB, over 100 interviews. Lives as professional musician now.

Faye Bailey – Took over editorship of Peggy Masons’ Sai Baba magazine but then published ‘The Findings’

Jacques McGreg – 1989 – 2003 Sai Worker

Dr. Margaret Tottle-Smith, 43 years Position in S.S.Org: ex Spiritual Convener Region 7 UK. Author of Sai books, now withdrawn.

June Ives, 20 years a follower. Aylesbury.

Hilary Cawsey, 3 years Position in S.S.Org: ex leader Exeter Centre Region 7 UK

Aime Levy – Ex-President of UK SSO and Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland. Sacked from SSO by Goldstein, backed up by I. Shah because of decades-long inalienable split between the Indian and native British faction (no fault of Levy). Left SSO and SSB ca. 2001.

Sandra Levy – Seva Coordinator in London of visiting groups to Puttaparthi for many years

Z. Parkinson – 1992-2000 – Convenor 1997-98

Abdul-Maalik Tailor – 1984 – 1991

June Auton – organiser of dozens of value-education classes in UK but whose contributions were pointedly ignored by the Sai Org. and officially excluded. Withdrew from Sai Organisation and started independent Human Values organisation. No longer visits India.

Sanjay Dadlani – 1990-2001 Member of Youth Group, Mill Hill Sai Centre, North London

Rajaneethan Raju -1990 to 17june 2004

Keith Ord – Follower from 1986-1991

Anthony Thomas – 20 years of attempts to get this predator exposed.

AUSTRALIA

Barry Pittard – 1976-1999. Former English Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield.

Brian Steel – Follower from 1984-2000. (Published 2 pro-SSB books prior to current writings)

Soma Jeyendren – 1989 -2001. Coordinator of celebrations, Pennanthills Center, NSW.

Stephen Carthew – Follower for 15 years Ex-office-bearer in the South Australian Org. “Sacked as the Spiritual Co-ordinator of South Australia in 2000 as my suggestion that ‘allegations about our Guru be examined impartially’ was ruled ‘out of order’.”

Hans de Kraker 1989 – 1997 Western Canteen Director Nov, Dec – 1996. Abused sexually by Sai Baba.

Barry K. Newton 1994 – 2001 Ex Chairperson Pennant Hills, ex Deputy Chairperson NSW Zone B

John Purnell 1987-1994. Also sexually abused by that fraud .

Roy Pendragon – 1990 to 1999 Former Administrator, Sathya Sai School, Perth, Western Australia. E/mail: rpendragon@gmail.com

Tania Gordon, Australia -1980-1 to 2000.

Mary Garden, Australia – Follower 1973 -1978 on and off. I wrote about my experiences with Sai Baba and the allegations of him being a hermaphrodite and a sexual predator on young boys in my book ‘The Serpent Rising – a journey of spiritual seduction’ published in 1988.

Julian O’Donnell, Australia – Follower 5 years.

Wilfred Waters – 1983-2001

Ross Lineham 15 years service

Niranjan Bidargaddi – follower: 1992-1998 [signed the Sai petition February 7. 2009]

NEW ZEALAND

Pacus Gagu – follower: 1980 – 1993

Linda Deakin – follower: 2000-2003[signed the Sai petition November 21. 2008]

Sarath Gunatunga – 1992 to 2004. I totally believed in this fellow

DENMARK

Robbie Curdorf – Secretary of the Sai Org. in Denmar, 1980s. Letter of resignation quoted reason as being the cultish nature of the Sai Org.

Asmus Bisgaard – several years in 1980s. Former Seva Coordinator for Copehnagen Centre.

Bitten Nelson – 17 years. Arranged visits, held lectures. Left SSB in 2000 after returning to Puttaparthi to investigate the sexual scandal.

Lars Winther – 1988 – 2001

Ole Alstrup – Left ashram in 1999 in life-threatening situation. Started Danish anti-Sai Baba website.

Anders Thisted –

Paul Misfeldt – National Youth Wing Coordinator. Defected due to knowing a young Italian who had been having sexual relations with SSB.

Liam Ekaf – 1999-2001

SWEDEN

Conny Larsson – 1978-99 National Spiritual Coordinator from 1993-96, member since 1992. Victim of Sai Babas sexual molestation 1979-1983

Britt-Marie Andén – Centre President Gothenburg ca. 1989, National Coordinator 1991-1993. Then Head of Sai School in Gothenburg until closure and resignation 2000 due to sexual molestation of a son by SSB.

Magnus Vrethammar – Over 20 years, many as office bearer in SSO. Founder member. Leader of the Stockholm Centre and National Coordinator of EHV in Sweden. Resigned 1999 when learning of SSB’s sexual abuses from a Swedish victim & visiting David Bailey.

Annestina Vrethammar Author of three books on Sai Baba, two published in Sweden. Resigned after learning of SSB’s sexual abuses from a Swedish victim.

Mattias Öhlin – National Coordinator for the Sai Baba youth wing in Sweden for many years. Resigned 2000 on hearing of SSB’s sexual molestations from a Swedish victim.

Sofia Öhlin – Coordinator for the youth spiritual wing. Resigned on hearing of SSB’s sexual molestations from a Swedish victim.

Susana Contreras – Devotee for 15 years. Former Balvikas Teacher (from Venezuela)

Dr. Ove Svidin – former devotee who left after 75th birthday in Puttaparthi

Britt Danielsson – legal advisor for the Sathya Sai Baba organization in Sweden.

Vilfrid (Ville) Fast – left the Organisation and Sai Baba when teenager after having had ca.50 private interviews & many gifts.

Thomas Viehe – former leader of meditation groups in Gothenberg : left Sai Organisation 1999 after contacting David Bailey.

Pierre Stahre – 1990-2000

NORWAY

Alf Tidemann-Johannessen – One of the first Norwegian devotees in the 1960s, described at length in Kasturi’s autobiography ‘Loving God’ and in Howard Murphet’s ‘Man of Miracles’. He donated a helicopter for SSB’s 50th birthday celebrations. He denounced SSB totally before 1985 as a deceiver and a thief, writing an exposé account. He lived mostly in Mexico until his death in 2000.

Bente Holdt – Member 1983/1991. Group Coordinator, Oslo 1983/1986. Resigned due to undue pressures from SSO leaders.

Reidun Priddy – 1983-2000 Founder member and Seva Wing Coordinator 1986-1998. Left Org. firstly, then was disaffected by allegations.

Robert Priddy – 1983-2001 Founder member, Coordinator of Oslo group & Centre. National leader, 1986-2000. Resigned due to the murders cover-up and after conclusive investigation of many sexual allegations against SSB.

Per Jensen – Member 1983/2002 Centre President Oslo 1997/1999. Left Sai Org. due to disaffection.

Ragnhild Aamot – Member 1990/2002. Centre President Oslo 1999-2001. Resigned from SSO due to disaffection.

Marit Larsen – Bergen group Coordinator 1996-2000. Resigned due to SSB sexual abuse facts.

THE NETHERLANDS

Leo Boogaard – Centre President in 1984, sacked by T. Meyer. Later elected National Coordinator (1989-1992) and held leading EHV post. Left SSO and Sai Baba after decades in the mid/1990s. Later member of the Dutch Parliament

Ganapathi Das – Follower for 18 years – 1987 – 2004. S.S.Org: Bhajan, Seva and Spiritual Coördinator

Stijntje Riemersma – Follower for 20 years. Coordinator/Secretary Utrecht group, 6 years.

Hortense Quijs – 1995 – 2000 Maastricht Group Coordinator

Andries Krugers Dagneaux – Follower from 1992-2001. Ex-Coordinator of seva wing.

Catharina Elisabeth Kuyken – 1992-2000 Secretary of the Purmerend Group

Michel Koeman – 1987-2004 Zaanstad Seva & Bhajan Coordinator.

Jaap Hutte – 1978 – 1999. Translator, musician.

Jenny Knol – 1985-1999. Typist/corrector. Very much disappointed in SSB’s ‘truth’.

Klaas Knol – 1985-1999 . Translator/corrector.

Mrs Rian Oorthuizen – 1989 -2001. Member of Sai Org. in Utrecht. Jet Hendriks – Coordinator of SSO group in Kerkade nr. Maastricht. Active worker, devoted for many years. Many visits to SSB.

Hanneke Koeman-Bot, 1991-2004. S.S.Org. coordinator 4 j. – Centre coordinator Zaanstad 4 j.

Roel van der Neut – Kerkade group. Resigned 8-8-2000 after Bailey’s report. Frequent ashram visitor, active follower for many years.

John vd Jagt – Follower 1993-2003

Angelica Bos – Follower 1993 till 1995

Cees de Volder – Follower 1998 – 2004

Ranada van Kralingen – ? – 2000

Petra van der Jagt – follower 1993-2003

Jacinta van IJperen – follower 1987-2005

Ganapathi Das – 1987 – 2004. Former Bhajan, Seva en Spiritual Coördinator

GERMANY

Jens Sethi and wife – Both escaped from Prashanthi Nilaym after being warned of attempt on their lives. Registered formal charges against Sathya Sai Baba and with the German Police.

Richard and Ingrid Kuhn – Wrote & posted letter of resignation due to child sexual abuses. January 2001.

Alexis Hildebrandt – 1987-2002 I lived in India for nine years and heard many personal accounts – there is no doubt about the truth of the allegations.

Ullrich Zimmermann – devotee for over 10 years. Induced into sexual acts by Sai Baba.

Stefan Bauer devotee 1998 – 2006

Claudia Pees – approx. 15 years

SPAIN

Virginia Villalon – 1985-1997 Secretary of Coordinating Commitee Spain (Signed international petition)

Isidro Cachadiña Gutiérrez – 1989-2002. President of local Center

Sonia Mendoza de Rojas – 1990-2000.

María Tardío Cabrera – 2001-2002. Local coordinator.

Nieves Cáceres Follower -1991-1997

Soledad Cabrero, Follower 1991-1998

Ismael Rodriguez – follower: 1976-1986 [signed the Sai petition December 26. 2008.

SWITZERLAND

Maria Bossi – follower for 20 years

ANDORRA

Panchito Mandefua – follower 30 years

PORTUGAL

Felix Maria Woschek, Portugal – 1984 – 1998

ITALY

Marcello Sandri – 1990-2002

Francesco Polenghi.

Former EHV leader in Italy, left Sai org. for an independent values education organisation called AVES. (Associazione di Voluntariato per l’Educazione Alla Solidarieta’. The School Director is Eva-Lotte Mannerfelt)

Gianni Cecere – Organiser of catering and cooking for decades for Sathya sai Organisation.

Danilo Pomicino – 1992/2007

Massimo Falsetti – 2000-2004

Lia Meijer – 1989-2003 {states:”all adverse commentaries are verified and valid.”]

GREECE

(Prominent devotees with a son at Sai’s college, Puttaparthi are know to have left due to the son’s being abused sexually by Sai Baba)

POLAND

Artur Wisniewski – National coordinator of SSO, resigned.

Felix Maria Woschek, Portugal – 1984 – 1998

RUSSIA

Maria Ponomareva-Stepnaya – until 2001 resigned as National Youth Coordinator, Russia

Serguei Badaev – 1995-2001 Ex-President of Sai Org. Moscow Centre and Deputy National Chairman for Russia.

Dinara Badaeva – 1995-2001. Moscow Centre Educational Coordinator

Vadim Koudreavtsev – follower and S.S.Org: active member – 2000-2005

HONG KONG

William Lo – knew well a boy sexually abused by Sai Baba.

SINGAPORE

Lee Yue Heng – 1997-2001

MEXICO

Lionel Fernandez – Follower since1967. Centre Chairman May-October 2000

Jorge Reyesvera – 1983-2000 Leading office-bearer 1984-1996.

Sergio Arturo Loyola Michel 1976 to 2001. Composer and singer.

María G. García – 1997 to 2001 Centro Sai de la Colonia Roma México D.F.

Ma. Elena González Herrera – 1974-2001

Girasol Jiminez Ortega – 1985-2000

Ivan Lomelle Quintanilla – 1990-2000

Luis Gerardo Galvan Cortes – 17 years, all my life (alleges attempted sexual abuse by Sai Baba)

EL SALVADOR

Carlos Francisco Mejia Brizuela – Follower 5 years

ARGENTINA

Patricia Soler 1988-1999 Soy psicóloga (profesional) , viajé 4 veces a India .

Mercedes Pretto – 1980-1995.

Juan Pablo – Follower 1990-2000.

Salim Delgado – Student of SS Org.

COLOMBIA

Carlos Santamaria – President of the Bogota Sai Centre, Colombia. Resigned 2001 (see here)

Fernando Cardona Olarte – 1976 until 2002 – Secretary General, Coordinator of Devotion, Secretary of the Foundation or Trust

Octavio Escobar – 1989-1999 Former President, SSSB La Magdalena Center, Bogota.

Norman Fajardo Martinez – 1994 to 2000. Spiritual Group Coordinator.

Antonia Pérez Esquivel – 1993-1997

VENEZUELA

Rosalia Malagelada de Neves – 1982 until 2001 .Follower from 1988. Difusión y Coordinadora Service Caribe Aereas (Venezuela Comite) I knew very closely two cases of abuse.

Rafael Izturriaga – Devotee 5 years

Manuel Antonio Piñero Martinez. – 1997 to 1999.

Miguel Velazquez – 1988 until 2001

Daniel Alberto Alegrett Salazar – 1998-2004

Mauro Leal – Follower 4 years

Ivel Danieri – follower – 2005 to 2006

PERU

Jorge Arce, Perú – 1978 – 2000 Ex Presidente del Comite Coordinador (Ex-President of SSO’s Coordinating Committee)

BRAZIL

Vitor André – Goiania centre. 1 year.

INDIA (our data here is obviously very incomplete, mostly for reasons of anonymity and avoidance of possible reprisals)
Krishna Murthy Follower, active worker in the Sai Org.: 1970 to 1993

Subramanyan Iyer – Sevak 1981 – 2000

Williams – 1978-2003 Ex-Sai college student

Bhanu Chopra – Follower 1981-1988. Student at Prashanthi Nilayam

Prem Latha – Follower for 8 years (Bangalore)

Dr. N. Bhatia – former Head of Sathya Sai Blood Transfusion Unit at Puttaparthi hospital. Sacken by SSB and forced away from the area by thugs after challenging SSB on anal rape of a 7th grade student.

Basava Premanand – 1968-1974 Worker in SSB Org., Podanur

Satish K. follower – 1990-2005

Jyothi Kumar, India 1980 onwards. Student of the Institute from 1984 to 1991

Kirtan Kumar – 1960 onwards Student in the Primary,High School and Institute in Parthi

Badri Narayanan – 1984-2008.

Raj Kumar – follower for 8 years [signed the Sai petition on November 1. 2009]

Manav Sharma – follower: Until 2008 [signed the Sai petition September 2. 2009]

MALAYASIA

Hariram Jayaram – prominent in the Sai movement in Malaysia – left in 1982 after very active investigation of the allegations

Prem Kumar, follower: 1975-2004

Siva Kandiah, follower for a few years until 2005

Rakesh Dookhit, Follower 1996-2001

Diren B Hemah – follower from childhood [signed the Sai petition on September 10. 2009}

NEPAL

Reshma Karki – 1990 -2004

Prisha Pandey – 1985 to 2003

MAURITIUS

Rakesh Dookhit – follower – 1996-2001
PAKISTAN

Raaid Iqbal – (was abused)

GHANA

Esenam Agbotse – 1996 to 2002

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 General

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 25, 2009

Brian D.Steel, who has written in-depth on matters of Sathya Sai Baba-related bibliography, has just sent a note. I think that these references below can be read as a resource in company with my blog of yesterday: Kevin R.D. Shepherd Exposes Sathya Sai Baba Defender Gerald Moreno

Brian Steel writes:

I have just amended 2 articles to include references to 3 more of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s contributions, the latest from his splendid new website:  http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info

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

http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/joe_morenos_mo.htm

Kevin R. D. Shepherd:
‘Sathya Sai and Wikipedia’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm
‘Kevin R. D. Shepherd in response to Gerald Joe Moreno’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm#response
(Added on 25 August 2009)
‘Wikipedia, Moreno, Google (2008)’, www.kevinrdshepherd.net/html/22__wikipedia___moreno__google.html
‘Pro-Sai Activist Gerald Joe Moreno’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm#activist
‘Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno (2009)’, http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info/internet_terrorist_gerald_joe_moreno.html

2 Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue: http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/internetpropaganda_jm.htm

Kevin R. D. Shepherd:
“Sathya Sai and Wikipedia”
‘Kevin R.D. Shepherd in response to Gerald Joe Moreno’
(Added on 25 August 2009)
‘Wikipedia, Moreno, Google (2008)’, www.kevinrdshepherd.net/html/22__wikipedia___moreno__google.html
‘Pro-Sai Activist Gerald Joe Moreno’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm#activist
‘Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno (2009)’, http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info/internet_terrorist_gerald_joe_moreno.html

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 21, 2009

Some of Sathya Sai Baba’s propagandists, and many devotees, strive to make it appear that an assertion disfavouring him is an assertion against Hinduism and India.

In actual fact, a great many Hindus do not at all approve of Sai Baba, as anyone who has travelled extensively in India or who knows many non-resident Indians knows only too well.

A Simple Test to Guage Sathya Sai Baba’s Wider Prestige

A small but powerful test:  simply,  if you are not Indian, ask your Indian friends their reaction to the name Mahatma Gandhi

Father of modern India, but 'belonging' to the world

Loved 'Father' of modern India, but 'belonging' to the world

or Shirdi Sai Baba

Shirdi Sai Baba. Great renunciate and servant of all

Shirdi Sai Baba. Great renunciate and servant of all

and then their reaction to the name Sathya  Sai Baba.

For Pomp and Sai-cumstance Baba (Puttaparthi Sai)

More gold for Pomp and Sai-cumstance Baba (Puttaparthi Sai)

Sathya Sai Baba in pure golden pomp and circumstance

Sathya Sai. All that glitters is not true gold.

The qualitative difference of reaction to your question (which is actually about what constitutes true gold) will commonly be altogether striking.

Many Indians – Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists, Humanists, Rationalists and so on – are appalled by the incredibly lavish pomp and circumstance that surround Sathya Sai Baba. They do not want his going around in a golden chariot and all the rest of the panoply to represent the greatness of their country. See:

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

Sai Baba, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates, Et Alia.

Interfaith Movement Far Ahead of Sathya Sai Baba In Bringing Mutual Diolog

Moreover, the ‘sarva dharma’ (respect for all faiths) emphasis that Sai Baba has long driven is not repaid by any significant signs that the officials of the world’s religions have recognized Sai Baba. It is abundantly clear that the interfaith movement throughout the world has done infinitely more effective work in getting divers faiths talking to each other in amity. See:

Muslim Leaders Initiative Bold. Sai Baba’s Efforts Fail

(I have written elsewhere – Saudi King Abdullah: Jews, Muslims, Christians Must Diolog – of the interfaith call by King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia. It is a very partial one. At least millions round the world who know nothing of Sathya Sai Baba have heard of King Abdulla. If any such friendly get-togethers were to occur among  the Muslims, Jews and Christians to whom the king refers, there would need to be the focused avoidance of any entanglement in the  harsh world of realpolitik – in which King Abdulla is no doubt highly troubled by Iran, which is a non-Arab country).

‘Considerable Concern Among the Hindu Community’

A major Hindu leader (to whom on request I shall gladly direct responsible and reputable media) once wrote to me:

“There is considerable concern among the Hindu Community, especially among the educated. It is very hard to get any action from the temples as they do not wish to cause difficulties with the Sathya Sai Baba groups. People are starting to distance themselves from Sathya Sai Baba. It’s going to be gradual process of education. The biggest impact it appears was the ‘The Secret Swami’ … it seems it has had a tremendous negative effect on Sathya Sai Baba”.

An example in which a major leader in the Sathya Sai Baba movement can be seen, with great slides of fallacious reasoning, playing the culture ‘card’ as though the case for Sai Baba is somehow settled among “the Asian Community” is Ashok Bhagani, head of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization in the UK. Referring to the BBC’s The Secret Swami, he told The Asian Voice, June 26, 2004):

“I saw the documentary on Thursday and it made my blood boil. The BBC is a premier channel and it was irresponsible of them to show a totally one-sided, biased and unbalanced documentary that they knew may stir something amongst many members of the Asian community”.

Further Reading

Ashok Bhagani denies fully documented facts (by Robert Priddy, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway)

Robert Priddy, former long-time head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway

Robert Priddy, former long-time head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway

UK Sai Baba Head, Ashok Bhagani Exposes Himself

Some 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)

‘The Secret Swami’ showcased with selected transcripts and brief
video clips


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