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Video of Some Primary Witnesses of Sathya Sai Sex Abuse, and Sai Cult Cover Up

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 26, 2011

Please feel free to put these videos on YouTube or other venues. This is a small part of wide primary witness testimony that accuses Sathya Sai Baba of serial sexual abuse of young men. 

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Those of my readers who are psychologists, police, lawyers, etc., do please kindly confer with your colleagues who specialize in body language, and voice prints. There are those of us, including myself, who are happy to submit to FBI-certified lie-detector or today’s other leading-edge tests for truthfulness. Jay Narain, so recently resoundingly successful in Indian court actions against one of Sai Baba’s top teacher-officials. Jay Narain’s family was shockingly treated by Sai Baba and his officials, after the family intervened to rescue boys in the family from sexual abuse in Sai Baba’s Puttaparthi education establishment. He tells me that he himself has already passed this type of rigorous lie detector test. I also learn via separate means that, in his business life, he has long been known as being fiercely honest, and even sent people out of his office who were not of integrity. Whatever different legal jurisdictions may make of lie-detector tests (I speak  of the most recent, cutting edge ones), there are responsible media organizations who use them as one method among other methods of allowing educated publics to make their own judgements of witnesses. Where are you Goldstein, Shah, Venkataraman, and all the rest of you? Are you afraid of what will be – only too readily – detected?

I here challenge Sathya Sai Baba’s servitors, who stand accused, to undergo the same tests. My opinion of them, carefully formed over many years, is that they are too cowardly, too guilty and too deeply implicated ever to do so …….

These are but a couple of forensic areas where those in the Sathya Sai Central Trust and International Sathya Sai Organization can, I assert, be soundly exposed, and our witnesses around the world be shown to be telling the truth. Large numbers of former followers and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba and his Cult have been branded liars and deceivers. These things we are not. We wish to put beyond doubt the mendacity of these vicious attacks, launched by people such as Dr G. Venkataraman, deputy world chairman of the international Sathya Sai Organization, and the extremely vicious Gerald Moreno, who has long been aided and abetted with those known to be closely associated with Sai Baba and his key henchmen. We trust that official after official, and other accomplices, are pursued in case after case – in properly constituted Courts of law, as well as exposed in television and newspaper venues, and so on.

Above, the former Swedish film star turned professional prison rehabilitation worker, Conny Larsson, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Sweden. And Jed Geyerhahn, USA, former devotee.  He is a graduate in Philosophy from Fordham University.

Ullrich Zimmerman, USA former devotee. See:

Dr Timothy Conway’s Summary of Ullrich Zimmermann Interview

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Alaya Rahm, supported by his mother and father in testified to the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’. Al Rahm was, until he spoke forth, one of the major, high-profile leaders in the international Sathya Sai Organization.

   
Robert Priddy notes:  The Rahm family (USA) were very ‘close & privileged’. Their son, Alaya, had most bravely and convincingly stood forth to tell of the awful situation in which he found himself when Sai Baba began abusing him sexually. This young man’s candour and honestly contrasts greatly with the cover-ups, secrecy and abuse from the Sai Organisation and its leaders and puts all who continue as Sai devotees to shame!
View proofs on video clips from the documentary of the Rahm family’s former closeness and central position in the Sathya Sai Organisation, and the large amount of so-called ‘divine grace’ they received:
1) Three robes from Sai (Filesize 654Kb) 2) Numerous ‘materializations (Filesize 1.12 Mb3) Alaya Rahm tells of Sai Baba threats and oral sex abuse of him when still a minor 1.05Mb)4) Testimony – Sai Baba tried anal sex etc. (Filesize 1.0 Mb)5) Al Rahm tells of his learning of the sex abuse of his son) Alaya’s mother tells of her reaction7) Indian student sex abuse victims cannot speak out (Filesize 340Kb) 8 ) The Rahm’s son’s fears if he told the truth about Sai sex abuse (Filesize 515 Kb)9) Alaya Rahm was told not to tell and threatened by Sai Baba (Filesize 840 Kb)The US State Department were contacted by the BBC (filesize 1.26 Mb) and confirmed their Travel Advisory warning as being directed specifically against Sathya Sai Baba.
There is also video testimony that many students were abused in the Danish film ‘Seduced’

     
Some of the bribes: ‘materialised’ items – fake gold watches, false gemstone/diamond rings and some of the £10,000.- paid to Alaya (who was trapped in the cult from childhood) for his silence under threat of terrible things if he should tell of the over 20 sex abuses.

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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‘The Secret Swami’ & U.S. State Department Warning against Sai Baba

View ‘The short video clip (1.5 Mbs) with Tanya Datta on the State Department Travel Warning confirmation

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Calling All Who Wish To Attest, In Public Or In Private, Against Sathya Sai Baba Cult

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 24, 2011

We very much have in mind going after many who have aided the profound Sathya Sai cult cover ups.

These include officials, past and present, in the Sathya Sai Central Trust, and the international Sathya Sai Organization, and the Sathya Sai Society of America, and officials in areas such as Indian local, state and central governments, past and present.

The miscreants should not make the mistake of thinking that their old methods of hiding and threatening and using their influence at levels of great political and government power will continue to succeed. Which is to say their use of tactics which would appall decent rank-and-file members of the international Sathya Sai Organization!

These power brokers and other miscreants should also think, correctly, that those involved in legal proceedings on our side have vast financial reserves. (Not of course illicitly and secretly hoarded up like their late guru did with treasures of almost unimaginable scores of millions of dollars worth).

Those offenders in India should think, correctly, that there are Indians at high levels indeed, among others, who are ready to assist us, and that we have already made meaningful plans with them.

The wrongdoers should all begin to think of their conscience. If they have one. And of the honor of their families. And of the feelings, too, of their peers in their professions, trades and wider communities.

They may like to consider that there could be avenues of repentance and even some kind of atonement for their own terrible deeds. These offenses include turning a blind eye to those around them who perpetrated the crimes and spiritual betrayals. Some persons may like to assist us substantively. They can write to Robert Priddy or me, Barry Pittard or Jay Narain c/o the Hunt and Hunt law firm, Australia, which is a distinctive leader in the legal world, and has strong outreach into South Asia.

But all should think of the awesome power of the subpoena. And of gaol sentences, one of which we have already secured – in the case of a foremost Sathya Sai Baba officials. There are many more of them in whom we have keen interest.

All of us should ask:  are we prepared to see our children – or see anyone else’s children – in education venues where teachers sexually and in other ways abuse them? Are we prepared to tolerate education authorities and trusts who, once alerted with compelling evidence, fail in their due diligence and duty of care.

And think, too, of the fact that the attention of many of the decent jurisprudential forces in India (and the interest from the law profession in the Commonwealth within which Indian law has close ties) will be, in these matters, increasingly alert to our large-scale challenge, in regard to the Sathya Sai cult, and to its aiding and abetting of corruption in the Indian judiciary.

And think, moreover, about the new and powerful tide of anti-corruption crusades in India. And, given these changes brought by vast public outcry, think of the more awakened forces for proper process within the Indian legal system.

Offenders in Sathya Sai Baba’s cult, and those who, who by their refusal to act with integrity, allowed their ascent, will need to consider the power of the international media. With our extensive cooperation, it has exposed the Sathya Sai cult and its late, former head, Sathya Sai Baba, in a manner that did the cult great damage. Its recruiting efforts (although it has long and misleadingly said that it does not recruit) have suffered badly. And, in consequence, Sathya Sai Centers have severely depleted. Some of its most prominent and respected leaders have resigned.

These damages, unless the Sathya Sai community comes to its senses, and acts with as much integrity as it can muster, can now fairly be expected to be a great many times compounded.

NOTE:

Calling all who are thinking of Class Action Litigation, Police Investigation, Whistleblowing, against Sathy Sai Baba interests, etc

By no means is pursuit of justice regarding the Sathya Sai cult confined to sexual abuse of boys and young men – extensive and of long duration though this has been. In the next days and months (and years, if that is what it takes)  Robert Priddy and I shall be detailing other types of grave wrongdoings about which, for long years, those in the Sai cult, or who subsequently left it, and others, have had deep concerns.

To begin with, so as to set up professional security systems, those who may wish to be informed of the legal options that they may wish to assist with can contact us. We give our promise of confidentiality and sensitivity – as has long been Robert Priddy’s and my case – towards those survivors and other witnesses to the Sathya Sai cult’s international and enormous derelictions of duty of care.

To do this assists us, our legal teams and the courts to act quickly, so as to make it more difficult for any who are bent on destroying evidence, or intimidating or bribing witnesses or attempting to destroy documents and money trails, and so forth.

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Further Related Reading

Oprah Winfrey Show On Male Sexual Abuse: Sathya Sai Baba Cult Survivors Should Watch

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 21, 2011

Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2011

Young Male Sex Abuse: Legal ‘Locomotive’ Hurtles Towards Sai Baba’s Accomplices

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Young Male Sex Abuse: International Legal Challenge Will Confront Key Sathya Sai Baba Men

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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Young Male Sex Abuse: Legal ‘Locomotive’ Hurtles Towards Sai Baba’s Accomplices

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Important Breakthrough!

Litigation against the Sathya Sai Baba forces of serial sexual and other criminal abuses is now powerfully on the move. World class law firms are being consulted. Millions of dollars are on call for this fight on behalf of one of history’s profoundly righteous causes.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Those who wish to litigate or in other ways support legal actions against those who supported the years of homosexual abuse of boys and young men, and other abuses, can, with assurance of strict confidentiality contact my close and trusted colleague Robert Priddy:  rero@getmail.no or myself, Barry Pittard at: bpittard@westnet.com.au or Jay Narain (former Sathya Sai student) client of Hunt and Hunt law firm (see below) at:  jnarain05@hotmail.com

Litigation against the Sathya Sai Baba cult is aimed at holding accountable  Sathya Sai officials and other enablers complicit in permitting and covering up his, and others’, wide-scale, serial sexual and other criminal abuses.

Thus, our Sathya Sai Baba cult exposure now moves into a whole new phase. An impressive array of former Sathya Sai Baba alumni and others stand ready to use formidable wealth to show India and the world that corruptors of the young can, and must be, unmasked.

Former Sai Baba devotees have fought, in the two decades, a gruelling, uphill, international campaign. They expect, soon enough, resounding vindication. From the moment ex-devotees spoke out truthfully – which was, and is, their habit – Sai Baba branded them “demons”, and “Judases”, saying that they were condemned forever and beyond salvation.

‘By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them’

Sai Baba devotees have an appalling record for their maltreatment of former devotees. They have repeatedly vilified, shunned, made apostates out to be liars and fools, cruelly libelled them on the internet, and threatened with law suits and criminal proceedings.

T. Sri Ramanathan, Kulwant Rai, et alia

One of these attempts to cower us was the unconscionable bluff by top Sathya Sai Organization leader T. Sri Ramanathan. As well-informed Sai Baba devotees in Australia know too well, he is accounted – more particularly behind hands and doors in whispers – an authoritarian bully within the Australian Sathya Sai Organization itself, which he led for several years. The devotees, all too lamb-like, would say e.g., “Rama is simply Baba’s test for our sadhana; Swami knows all our karmas”.  See: Ramanathan Threatens Barry Pittard With The Law 

Likewise appearing to think that we were panicky lambs, the Sathya Sai Baba supporter Kulwant Rai, one of India’s wealthiest moguls, and scion of the Rai family, various of whom are Sathya Sai Baba devotees, threatened us via his lawyers.

With scarcely a penny in our pockets – at that time! – our forces welcomed them to proceed. We wanted the facts to come out. Our course was, and is, entirely just. We had nothing to hide, but they did, so they threatened like bovver boys.

They – having too much to hide – went away. More’s the pity.

Typically, Sathya Sai devotees – who forever harp on Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Prema and Non-violence – acquiesced with their centre, zone, national and Sathya Sai Central Trust and international Sathya Sai Organization in a glacial wall of silence.  Former devotees were now, in effect, non-persons.

So much for all the bright, beamy ‘Sai Ram’ nomenclature such as:  “Sai brothers and sisters”, and Sai Baba’s catch cry of “Love all, Serve all”!

One Day, Outraged Boys Become Enraged Men – And, Formidably, Sue!

Many who, when boys, came to grief at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba and various of his key servitors – including notable Sai Baba teaching Staff who have betrayed their duty of care as teachers – now increasingly gather support for very powerful legal action.

The members of the group make firm pledges to ensure that Indian citizens, and the world, are satisfied that the malefactors complicit with Sathya Sai Baba, and, in some cases, actually homosexual abusers of boys and young men themselves and offenders in other areas, are made accountable.

Many victims were students in Sathya Sai Baba’s education establishments, and are from a number of countries. In the aftermath of their bitter experiences – which included the betrayal of their parents, guardians and significant others who thought Sathya Sai Baba and his teachers were trustworthy – they have succeeded as responsible, upright citizens in a veritable array of businesses and professions. Some have attained awesome wealth and notability, which they wish to see put to the service of righteousness – or dharma, as some of them who are heirs of Eastern spiritual and cultural backgrounds term it.

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Note from the website of Hunt and Hunt, a top Australian law firm which has an extensive international reach, and just one of the law firms being consulted:

“Many of our practitioners are regarded as thought leaders in their field. They are often asked to provide media commentary on various industry developments and legal issues.

Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

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Hunt & Hunt is the winner in the category of International Trade Law Firm of the Year, Australia for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

Hunt & Hunt is the winner in the category of International Trade Law Firm of the Year, Australia for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

Established in 1929, Hunt & Hunt is a leading Australian law firm, with offices in Sydney (City and North West), Melbourne and Adelaide.

Hunt and Hunt’s strength and reputation are in three core areas – Commercial, Insurance and Property – and over the years has gained clusters of clients across a number of key sectors. These include financial services, transport, manufacturing, government, health, IR, education and property”.

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Further Reading

Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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

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Young Male Sex Abuse: International Legal Challenge Will Confront Key Sathya Sai Baba Men

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Those Sathya Sai Baba accomplices who have so grievously outraged the innocence of boys and young men over many years had best not underestimate the sheer punching power and international outreach of law firms now being consulted. I am assured by my private means that they are able, via their experience and alliances in South Asia, to sort out the sheep and the goats in the Indian legal system.

Already some of Sathya Sai Baba’s officials know – to their considerable cost – that three  strong legal actions have already succeeded against them. It was unfortunate that, hitherto, these were settled out of court with mutual non-disclosure agreements. However, they should remember that there remain legal pathways ahead that they will not rejoice in facing.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Those who wish to litigate or in other ways support legal actions against those who supported the years of homosexual abuse of boys and young men, and other abuses, can, with assurance of strict confidentiality contact my close and trusted colleague Robert Priddy:  rero@getmail.no or myself, Barry Pittard at: bpittard@westnet.com.au or Jay Narain (former Sathya Sai student) client of Hunt and Hunt law firm (see below) at:  jnarain05@hotmail.com

One of the strategies is to ensure that corrupt forces within the Indian legal system, including complicit Sathya Sai devotee judges and other judges partial to them or to him, cannot further be allowed to subvert the course of Justice. 

See articles cited below, which expose former Chief Justice of India, P.N. Bhagwati, longtime Sathya Sai Central Trust member. Bhagwati was briefly, at the height of the recent series of scandals aired worldwide, the head of the Sai Trust. Given the opportunity, advocates on our side should not have too much bother exposing him and those like him, and others worse than he, to the world.

P.N. Bhagwati. New legal challenges ahead for Sai Central Trust stalwart

Of the morass within the Indian legal system that our international and Indian lawyers will have to cut through, I have earlier written. An old friend of mine, an eminent legal expert, speaks of the actions of Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand as constituting a “kangaroo court”. See:Sathya Sai Trust In Vast Treasure Scandals: Secret Temple, Van, and Bus Stashes. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 20, 2011, where I wrote:

“Anyone accustomed to democratic court procedures can hardly believe, as one reads the lawyer’s notes in transcript, that judges could be so blatant. See, Record of Proceedings document of Hari Sampath’s 2001 case against Sai Baba in the Supreme Court of India.  See how the case is scuppered by Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand. Prompted by concern for her client if he were to proceed in and Andhra Pradesh court – the proposed remedy of the judges, Kamini Jaiswal, a senior advocate in the Indian Supreme Court, strongly contested the three judges’ direction to pursue matters in an Andhra Pradesh court. 

Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges                                                    Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges

Soon after the three judges’ determinations, which have more than raised eyebrows among some most distinguished lawyers of our acquaintance, the Supreme Court of India deleted the public documentation. In vain, even the British Ambassador to India tried to obtain confirmation of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Sampath PIL. The Court denied all knowledge of any record of the case”.

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Note from the website of Hunt and Hunt, a top Australian law firm which has an extensive international reach, and just one of the law firms being consulted:

“Many of our practitioners are regarded as thought leaders in their field. They are often asked to provide media commentary on various industry developments and legal issues.

Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

fi_monthly_award

Hunt & Hunt is the winner in the category of International Trade Law Firm of the Year, Australia for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

Hunt & Hunt is the winner in the category of International Trade Law Firm of the Year, Australia for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

Established in 1929, Hunt & Hunt is a leading Australian law firm, with offices in Sydney (City and North West), Melbourne and Adelaide.

Hunt and Hunt’s strength and reputation are in three core areas – Commercial, Insurance and Property – and over the years has gained clusters of clients across a number of key sectors. These include financial services, transport, manufacturing, government, health, IR, education and property”.

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Further Reading

Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement” Posted by Barry Pittard on May 4, 2011

On Sathya Sai Baba: Times of India, Ex-Chief Justice Interview. What Judge Would So Opine?

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 1, 2011

Indian Ex-Chief Justice: “Wild, Reckless Claims” about Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 29, 2011

Indian Ex-Chief Justice: “Wild, Reckless Claims” about Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 29, 2011

Most Recent

Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

 A formidable legal challenge is being mounted against those who aided and abetted Sathya Sai Baba in what many say are heinous and immoral acts against boys and young men, what to mention other abuses.

Among those connected with this legal action, which is very well-funded indeed, are those with compelling accounts of sexual and other forms of grave abuse of boys and young men at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba.

Furthermore, the litigants attest that others close to Sai Baba also perpetrated immoral acts in what became a serial and manipulative culture of homosexual abuse. This evil harmed the lives of large numbers of boys and young men from India and other countries around the world.

Among the accused are teaching staff – those very persons to whom parents and guardians entrust the most precious beings in their lives – their beautiful children.

A succession of local, state and central Indian governments cannot escape the shame of their complicitous roles in covering up the crimes and spiritual and ethical betrayals of Sathya Sai Baba and many of his key servitors. Nor will the present government of longtime Sai Baba supporter Manmohan Singh, which has lately faced major charges of corruption, escape the ambit of such terrible complicities. There exist proper records – to be placed in the hands of legal representatives – which show a whole trail of side-stepping by Indian governments, all the way to the top, who were blind and deaf to worldwide concern (including from UNESCO and the private diplomacy of the US State Department and several other governments).

We urgently invite all those who have been, or are, connected with Sathya Sai education sectors – e.g., parents, students, teachers, ancilliary staff and all others who may have salient information they are willing to provide to contact my close and trusted colleague Robert Priddy, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway, and retired academic of the University of Oslo (Read also this refutation of the alleged ‘exposure’ of Priddy at Robert Priddy Not Exposed ) or myself, Barry Pittard, former lecturer in all three year levels of the Bachelor’s degree course at the Sathya Sai College, Brindavan (1978-9).

We undertake that such communications will be conducted UNDER CONDITIONS OF THE STRICTEST CONFIDENTIALITY .

You can contact us very briefly by email so that – if felt necessary – a totally secure contact can be agreed, such as using direct messaging, Skype, or telephone or any other method that secures optimal privacy.

We guarantee that nothing told to us will be made public in any way without your full agreement. We will explain preparations already underway by a team of top lawyers in India and abroad, and the possible options (justice, compensation, avenues for healing, etc) it can offer to each person who contacts us according to the information they may then be willing to confide in the team.

For Robert Priddy’s, Jay Narain’s and my contact details, see them at the foot of the just posted, detailed article: 

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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

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For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

From Barry Pittard, Australia, former lecturer (1978-79) at the Sathya Sai College, Brindavan, Whitefield via Bangalore


My words here I especially address to my former students, and others in Sai education institutions, formerly and currently -:

Some of those whom Sathya Sai Baba and his aides betrayed are taking new steps. Sai Baba is dead, but those complicit in his many and terrible abuses are still alive.

Many of you know that Sathya Sai Baba, sexually molested many boys and young men, faked materializations, made failed promises of cure from grave illnesses, made prophecies that have not come true, collected incredibly vast moneys and valuables, and many other wrongful acts.

Many of you realise that his deeds profoundly contradicted his words, and that setting himself up with an imperial splendour continues to bring India into terrible disrepute around the world.

Apart from his betrayal, you were badly let down by those very teachers, who failed to display that duty of care expected of all professionals and all adults who have young in their charge. He betrayed you; they betrayed you. The Sathya Sai Central Trust and the international Sathya Sai Organization betrayed your trust and that of a great many others.

Those of you who tried to reach out to parents, friends or leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization often met with incomprehension, anger, threats and rejection. There is a lot of healing to be done, which will not be achieved until the light of truth is shone into the dark places of deception.

From direct, highly confidential contact with former students, those such as Robert Priddy (former head of the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway and retired academic at the University of Oslo and I (formerly a lecturer at the Brindavan College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India) know that so-called ‘form boys’ were often molested sexually in Sathya Sai education institutions. They were given sham reasons for the sexual molestations, like healing, spiritual awakening, divine love on a mystical, transcendental plane, and so on. 

Soon, I shall write separately regarding others beyond your Sai institutions, suggesting what steps are now opening up for redress.

It has long been heavy in my heart (although I did not then know of their plight) that my own, much-beloved students at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore were being sacrificed to the hands of a predator. I say to them and to other victims: Your age and tender experience made you vulnerable to him and to his calculated lies, and you were virtually under his (and others’) power at Sai places of learning. It hurt you all the more that, in many cases, your parents were devotees who would not hear a word against Sai Baba, or those teachers complicit with him, even from their own sons.

In some cases, Sai Baba had given ashram apartments and other privileges to family and relatives or more widely in India or abroad. Our contacts say that this was a key factor in making some boys remain silent about what was happening to them or their friends there.

You too may have heard of deeply disturbing accounts of suicides, and of cases where ‘form boys’ and others have been sent out in disgrace. It is also my understanding that a Sai college colleague of mine, and who boys liked and respected, who did speak out was cast out, because he spoke forth, wanting to protect the boys. Trustfully his good repute can now be redeemed. I wish to see, as part of the work of our newly strengthened group, that honorable persons who attempted to address these matters will be, at last, vindicated. Those who did not heed them, and who threatened, reviled and shunned them owe them profound apologies.

But some situations are so criminal that apologies will not do, and due restitution needs to be exacted in no uncertain terms.

You would, surely, never wish that your own children be prey to immoral behaviour in a college in which founder and staff permit students to be used for sexual gratification. Now that Sai Baba is gone, many of you who are still left with a terrible dilemma. Today, you have family and significant others who fully expect your own children to join his schools, colleges and university. With all my heart, I urge you to stand up to the voices that would keep you in pain and silence. While you yourself know that Sai Baba was not the only sexual abuser in his education institutions, those around represent a considerable pressure to send your children to these places. You are now an adult, and the same extenuating circumstances which you faced when young and vulnerable cannot now be offered. You can make choices, and be either resolute or weak.

Duty of care is practised by millions of parents, guardians, teachers and others throughout the world. But it was not practised by the one who told you he was God. Quite a few of you will recall how Sai Baba told you that you had been his dear consorts when he came as Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, or Shirdi Sai Baba. But the late Glen Meloy (USA), who had been an honored, dedicated Sai Baba devotee for 26 years, and who, until he died in 2005, was my close collaborator in the exposure of Sai cult corruption wrote: “The God in my heart does NOT molest little children and does NOT sexually abuse ANYONE regardless of their gender or age… nor does he/she masquerade as a magician in a cloak of goodness while committing other acts of evil”. See: Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam

These heinous betrayals of trust are not forgotten. True, now that he is dead, Sathya Sai Baba cannot further be pursued in person. However, he had many enablers. They are alive today, and have much to answer and to atone for. They represent at least four generations.

But there are those who are determined, able and willing to pursue these unconscienable miscreants by all the means civil society provides. We are aware that in India the law has been totally waylaid by Sai devotee judges for many years, and with the backing of successive national, state and local Indian governments to the highest levels. This state of affairs will not last and it is already changing in favour of those whose relatives, and in some cases themselves, have been abused. They are ready to exert their considerable powers to pursue justice.

Many have tried to forget the deep wounds of heart and mind that they bear, which they tell us has often been extremely hard for them. Others have come away who appear less affected because individuals differ greatly in how they deal with the consequences, including the emotions like guilt, shame, anger and hate aroused by such abuses.  Perverted sexuality and other forms of grave abuse do regularly cause long-lasting and often deep ongoing disturbance. Relationships between partners and parents and children are at risk.

Frequently, abused and traumatized persons forcibly thrust out of mind the unwelcome, painful memories. These undealt-with issues often lead to a slew of physiological and psychological sypmptoms. Terrible secrets undermine and corrode. And wounds only heal when they are cleaned.

Among victims with whom we have been privately in touch over the last two decades are dignified, productive and confident survivors. Some of them are readying to speak out in clear terms. There are affidavits and pledges from honourable persons from several countries, including those who attended Sathya Sai education institutions.

Still others are willing to assist in the background. Some fear that they cannot speak out without endangering themselves or their families. Some see relocation to other more democratic countries as a means to speak out, and also to pursue their own healing. Some are already non-resident Indians.

The burden of having to remain silent has been very heavy, we know. That some persons feel they have had some success in ‘moving on’ does not alter their acute sense of wrongness in not having spoken out or to have supported those who have.  

But then, it is silence that allows abusers to thrive. Without plenty of survivors and their advocates strongly grouping to prosecute those who abuse and those who aid and abet the abusers, whole communities and societies are endangered. Voices crying in the wilderness are defamed, libelled and made to appear liars and fools. This situation is now beginning to be addressed by an influx of new exposé activists who are already organising the documentation and collation of materials with the support of ex-students and others whom Sai Baba and others in his education sector have abused.

It is intended that these actions of ours be decisive, professional, and ongoing. Unlike some who fail to see the necessary connection between spirituality and civil action, we see as entirely proper the use of both criminal and civil courts to protect the innocent.

Many survivors of the crimes of Sai Baba and his aiders and abettors have spent years of getting together their families, trades and professions. But those such as (the late Glen Meloy (q.v.), Alexandra Nagel, Hari Sampath, Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Conny Larsson, myself (and former Sai devotees worldwide in the background) have made a mission constantly to remind that justice has not yet been done in the face of Sai Baba’s and his cult’s great iniquities.

Some of you who are current and former teachers and students know that, since circa 2000, the speaking-out by former devotees has troubled the abusers. Those of you who were close to Sai Baba knew, after our formal movement of exposure revealed him to an international audience, of his fits of anger, weeping, and ongoing decline of mental and physical health, and of his cowardly, unsubstantiated and vague denunciations against those who have spoken forth. Some of you will know that Sai centers in different parts of the world have almost emptied of membership, because of the known integrity of some families or individuals who addressed, rather than hid from, the allegations of sexual molestation and other abuses by Sai Baba or his close accomplices.

The powerful challenge to those who have brought your places of learning into terrible disrepute will unfold in due course. And the international public will come to know of this shortly. Quite apart from our former devotee network’s history of extensive and highly successful contact with leading world media and high echelons of government – some of our dissenting forces bent on revealing the truth have wrested a number of successes that have not been made public. These were achievable under circumstances which, hopefully, we will be free to reveal after due processes have been implemented.

In analagous areas, I commend this as a good time to look at the success of the Turley law firm, among others, in winning a large settlement against ISKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) in a huge sexual abuse case which won international attention. There is a statement of an ISKON leader which I find quite moving. See: http://www.pratyatosa.com/?P=14.

Likewise, the Roman Catholic Church, which has long been plagued by sex abuse scandals, has accepted responsibility. Its senior clergy is now informing the police, paying compensation, protecting children and helping in the prosecution of those who covered up these scandals. Increasingly, there are those who say that the Sathya Sai Central Trust and international Sathya Sai Organization should be made to do the same.

In these other pursuits of justice, student, parent, teacher and friendship networking has played a signal part  powerful in bringing the predators and bullies to their knees. My key point is that you, too, can play an important role in an historic watershed challenge to the forces of corruption that have held you in thrall. My assurance to you is that Indian citizens, non-resident Indians and non-Indians from several other countries are massing forces.

Confidential enquiries can be addressed-:

To me: bpittard@westnet.com.au

Robert Priddy: rero@getmail.no

Or to our colleague: Jay Narain, who is coordinating a major litigation lawsuit against Sai Baba’s officials and others deemed to be complicit in many and serious abuses: Jnarain05@hotmail.com. In the 80’s, Jay was a student at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, and I have long ago had contact with his close family members, among whom there have been other attendees at a Sathya Sai Baba institution.

The law firm handling this lawsuit, which already has many outstanding members, which others are welcome to join is: Hunt and Hunt – http://www.hunthunt.com.au/expertise/international-group/

Barry Pittard, Australia. (Former lecturer at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, outside Bangalore, Karnataka, South India).

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 5, 2010

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

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

Dear Mr. Pittard:
 

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

I have today emailed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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More Testimony To Male Sexual Abuse By Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 1, 2010

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

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

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

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

Just some of the recurrent themes have included: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Date: 03-02-10

    By Sebastian Engelbarts
    The Netherlands.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Greetings, Sebastian.

    (Sebastian Engelbarts, Holland)

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    International billions flow to Sai Baba

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

    Further Reading

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

    BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

    Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence

    Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

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

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

    Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

    Video Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Goldstein explodes with anger (710kbs)

    at the BBC’s perfectly reasonable questions about accountability

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

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

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

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

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    General
    Excerpt From Public Petition

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

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

    There is a Spanish version available:

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

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    Sathya Sai Baba’s Followers Face Alienation In Their Wider Communities

    Posted by Barry Pittard on April 4, 2009

    Among those who defame and libel former devotees who have stood forth (indeed who have done so at considerable personal sacrifice) is the deputy chairman of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization, Dr G. Venkataraman. See:

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

    Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

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

    The Declaring of Non Persons and Annihilation of Personal History

    There were earlier leaders – very nice men! Such as Harry Mansbridge, Ron Laing, Lucas Ralli – all of them significantly disillusioned. One who was tenacious in following up reported cases of anomaly and betrayal was the Australian head, Terry Gallagher, who eventually resigned on a matter of highest principle. Lucas Ralli was told in great detail about the Sai Baba abuse-suicide case of Keith Ord but was in deep psychological denial. See the tragic Keith Ord story, Times of London: Monday August 27, 2001. Three die after putting faith in guru. By Dominic Kennedy -: “The Times has learnt that three Britons have apparently taken their lives after placing hope in India’s most popular holy man”.  

    More recently, an important former UK Sathya Sai Organization leader, Aime Levy, has had awakenings but has not wished to make these public.

    However, there are many in the Sathya Sai Organization who suppress a palpable  fact:  namely, that many of those who have left it, having investigated the allegations – particularly in their own Sai centers – were held in high esteem for decades. This is one of the facts that people like Goldstein, Venkatarman, Moreno (see below) and other cultists are bent upon obscuring.

    These continuing Sai Baba center members have allowed themselves, year after year, to be party to defamation of many former devotees by the core leaders, and by Internet defamers – chiefly Gerald Moreno with whom some of them league closely (e.g., the slightly less-than-official Saibabaofindia.com group) – which has been echoed all the way down the leadership hierarchy.  See:  Gerald “Joe” Moreno on Wikipedia, and refutation of his allegations against Robert Priddy.

    Moreno began his activity in earnest against practically any individual who criticized his idol, Sathya Sai Baba. By reference to the Internet Wayback Machine, a likely candidate for focused commencement of this activity is: 31 Mar 2009, at 19:28. Highly qualified, independent lawyers in three countries have stated emphatically that Moreno’s many defamations, and acting on them by intruding into community settings, jobs and professions in a number of countries and attacking individuals and families, are highly actionable. But who can afford the time, energy and money? He plays on this restrictive factor and the fact is that the Internet is a sort of Wild West for the unscrupulous and sociopathic. Furthermore, some former devotees have not been in favour of legal recourse if it were encompassable – for what they deem to be spiritual reasons:  e.g., ‘take not thy brother to court’ …

    Dereliction of Duty of Care: Some Key Sai Baba Leaders 

    Top leaders from around the world who have:

    • Ignored the afflicted individuals and families and
    • Hidden vital facts from many rank-and-file devotees include: 

    Michael Goldstein, John (Jack) Hislop, Indulal Shah, William Harvey, Bob Bozzani, Hal Honig,  Jagadeesan, Ashok Bhagani, Thorbjørn Meyer, Steen Piculell, Leonardo Gutter,  T.Sri Ramanathan, Pal Dhall, Bernard Gruber, Pietro Marena,  Jörgen Möllgård, Richard Friedrich, John Behner.  

    (Note the incredible top-heaviness of males in the Sathya Sai hierarchy!).

    Sathya Sai Baba Sect Alienates Wider Communities

    As the siftings and sortings of both documentary and psychological history portray themselves, it will be to their lasting shame that so many Sai devotees have stifled their consciences and commonsense.

    As the Sathya Sai Organization has only too potently seen, ever wider political, civic, religious, academic institutions now shy away from them when the sect attempts to gain outreach in communities around the world. In regard to the Hindu community, see the note to me from one of the most notable Hindus in his country:  Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community

    There has been a huge effort by former devotees to bring to international attention the facts relating to:

    Further Reading

    Robert Priddy  (former longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway. Retired academic of University of Oslo)

    Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

    Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

    UK Sathya Sai Organization’s false propaganda

    Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

    Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

    Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

    Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

    Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

    Barry Pittard (Former Lecturer, Sri Sathya Sai College, Whitefield)

    Sai Baba. Some Dissenting Themes and Resources

    Cultic Depersonalization or Demonization of Dissenters

    Some Key Cultic Responses To Critics

    Sathya Sai Baba World Cult Leaders Fail To Meet Concerns on Libel

    Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

    Sathya Sai Baba Cult. Blind Eye To Massive Slander

    Dissent From Guru Cults Draws Slander and Harassment

    Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

    Sathya Sai Organization Libels Those Who Have Left It

    Sathya Sai Baba and his Organization Permit Attacks On Ex-followers

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