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Article Series Asks Sathya Sai Alumni To Admit Large-Scale Male Sexual Abuse

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 13, 2011

The following excerpts are from my recent article series, the main burthen of which to say that alumni of Sathya Sai education institutions now have a unique opportunity. I was a lecturer, (1978-1979), at the Sathya Sai College, outside Bangalore, South India.  By showing fearlessness, truthfulness and compassion for those who suffer – virtues endlessly preached in Sai institutions – they can tear aside the veil of taboo against addressing sexual abuse.

What members of the international Sathya Sai Organization have to face is that Sathya Sai Baba’s very accomplices in sexual and other abuses are still in positions of power. Therefore, it should not be thought that the death of Sathya Sai Baba has, in some way, made the problem go away.

It is a suppression extremely prevalent in India. But, then, extreme conditions are those in which courage in straight speaking and clear moral action are called for. Since, like many teachers everywhere, my fond hopes for my former students to turn out well, have never died, I would dearly wish to see them vividly live those vivid speeches that Sai Baba’s handpicked students would give. Perhaps forever doomed to disappointment will be those many listeners who have fondly thought that the rousing speeches of these students predicted waves of Vivekananda-like sages.

Rationally, it appears that these alumni will never thus aspire. But then, if the fond heart were not stronger than the domains of rational discourse, humankind would never had its few glorious breakthroughs. Let us see what the next year or so will bring, now that one of Sathya Sai Baba’s former and most highly senior teachers has been exposed as a sexual abuser of those tender lives which their parents put into Sai Baba’s and his teachers’ keeping.

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Up and Coming:  An Article – offered for my use at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba – by a psychotherapist well familiar with the issue of sexual abuse perpetrated by Sathya Sai Baba and his accomplices.

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Nancy Wake, WW2 Australian Heroine – A Timeless Role Model

…. I now suggest they read for fifteen minutes or preferably longer about Nancy Wake. It strikes me that they may be more ready, after all their years of frigid inaction, and witnessing the vast pomp and disgusting glitter and falsity of Puttaparthi, to decide that it is time to do something strong and decent which will challenge India and the world to face and address the great pestilence of sexual abuse ….. and also start to honor, in their own commitment to courage in social change, the example given to them by the great Indian role models so often exalted in that country in flowery speeches but not emulated – e.g., Rani Lakshmi Bai, Sarojini Naidu, Sucheta Kripalani, Mahatma Gandhi, Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose ……

Sexual Abusers Must Be Convicted And A Public Educated (the Sai Baba Saga)

Reconciliation is all about taking an unhappy set of circumstances, and making a ‘clean breast’ of matters. To my old students of the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India, I say (remembering the love so many of you held for the great holy rivers of India) that this does not simply mean dipping in the Yamuna, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Godavari, Narmada, Kaveri and so on. You may splash all you like, but it does not mean that you can so blithely throw off your feet-on-the ground citizenship, in which all citizens need to be earthed and interconnected, if civil society is going to work for the common good, and if heaven, here or beyond here, is worth reaching for.

Nothing succeeds like success. Nothing succeeds like failure, either, if you are not strong. Will you be strong these days? You may be surprised how our ranks are re-forming. You may yet get your chance to make some light-filled and enduring contributions to civil society. Robert Priddy and I are simply faces to be seen. (It is more effective this way, for the while – NOT YET to put any Indian face to these developments). Enough to say, there are many other former devotees across many trades and professions and areas of study who wish to see good come out of the evil that has been done.

In short, you now have a chance to assist former Sai devotee parents, ex-students and various well-wishers, who are determined to shake off what is bad in the Sathya Sai legacy, and to assert what is positive and good in all times and places.

Sathya Sai Alumni Need To Speak Out. Hiding Maintains A Culture Of Dirt

And years later, I heard that your beloved English lecturer PK (Mohanty), my dear and esteemed colleague,  got cast out. Why? Because, it is my understanding, his was one small voice strong in defence of your innocence. Think back to others, whom you happen to know were not ‘bad eggs’  who got cast out. Think back, too, to the boys whose parents withdrew their boys from college. Think of all the hush-hush that went on about it. This form of thinking back that has triggered off the questioning process in others. Boys whom you held dear were lambs to the slaughter. I can tell you, if you do not already know it – they suffer terribly now. There is a terrible legacy of sexual confusion, relationship difficulty, and great spiritual and moral betrayal.

The Upside Down Chair In A Sathya Sai Baba College

Well, boys, or men – if that is what you are! – I trust that all your children are safe and well, and stricken by no predator. Would that I could visit, but security advice informs me that India – a country I love so well, and where I am welcome in places forbidden to foreigners – is too dangerous a place for me to travel. I would still come, but have children in my charge, who would miss me if I went missing. Perhaps I shall visit you in disguise.

Bhagavad Gita and Facing Villains. Will Sathya Sai Alumni Speak Up? And Fight!?

Especially to my former students at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India, I would commend as worthy of some contemplation a few thoughts. In essence, they accord wth what we read in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita:

Yield not to unmanliness, O son of Partha! Ill doth it become thee; cast off this mean faint heartedness and arise, O scorcher of thine enemies”.Among primary witnesses  to the sexual and many other abuses of Sathya Sai Baba and many others around him, we have members from within India and other parts of the world who show determination to testify when the time is advantageous. They are pledged. They come from the very ranks of Sai Baba’s education system. Having suffered misery over the years, they now begin to summon up their strength and to see that dread dark secrets do two things:  they erode one’s chances of healthy selfhood, and they allow villainy to thrive. Those who will not supported them maintain the great betrayal set in motion by Sathya Sai Baba himself.

Some are ready to speak forth. Most keep their heads down.

Ex- Sathya Sai Baba Students Could Aid Sex Abuse Change In India. But Will They?

Many parents trusted Sai Baba and his teachers to deliver an education meant vastly to be different. To be something transformative in terms of character, with unselfishness at its core. And anything but materialistic and utilitarian. Or subject to corruption and scandal. Or for its founder to be exposed on BBC television in a documentary that has been seen by tens or scores or millions of people, and named ‘the Secret Swami’ …..

And – via the hardworking efforts of networked former devotees from around the world, who presented excellent credentials – our movement of exposure was able to be covered at various times by many leading media. This ability to prove our good standing, was, be it said, most contrary to the libels of Dr G. Venkataraman – see:  Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist. And indeed, with a vitriol and cruelty hard to match, of Sai Baba’s virtual proxy on the web,  Gerald Moreno, a web fanatic urged on by those close to Sai Baba who daily broke his teachings in his years of almost daily web-stalking, bitter name-calling attacks on former devotees and others who stood forth. 

For some indication of former devotee activity in exposing Sathya Sai Baba internationally, see:  BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS (all television), ABC (Radio Australia). In paper media – India Today, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., …..

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Ex- Sathya Sai Baba Students Could Aid Sex Abuse Change In India. But Will They?

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 5, 2011

A few years ago, I addressed an ‘open letter’ to my former Whitefield (‘Brindavan’, via Bangalore, South India) Sathya Sai College Students.

On re-reading, I see that its terms can fairly be addressed (give or take the occasional specific reference) to all alumni, past and present. There have been so many revelations of great and pervasive corruption both in Sathya Sai Baba himself and in many of his officials (especially his core servitors) that it may not go amiss to post this communication here.

Thousands of Sathya Sai education alumni face a dilemma not only in their immediate communities but wherever they may settle or travel. It is hard to imagine a major education institution in which a founder and certain teachers and Trust officials have been so deeply embroiled in scandal.

But, with searching analysis and deeply thought-through remedial action, what can be so terrible can, with great good will, be transformed into something that is so wonderful. And these alumni, potentially, are faced with a great challenge. Examples where still more horrible consequences could have ensued spring to mind. Such as the work associated with names like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and so on. I do not mean to say that their visions for society should not be challenged. I do mean to say that they triumphed over likely outcomes that are almost too terrible to contemplate. 

Was major change to human mores and consciousness ever achieved without courage and sacrifice? Or via silence and inaction?

The Sathya Sai Baba schools, colleges and university were always places which emphasized moral uprightness. In all Sai Baba’s and his teachers’ preachments, compassion for those who suffer was exalted as an action, not just a fine feeling. Such action was the means by which the great primal energy which flows through all sentient beings could be vividly experienced.

The qualities forever enunciated were:  Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right Conduct), Shanti (Peace), Prema (Love) and Non-violence (Ahimsa). These were said to be timeless in their nature but pragmatic and contemporary if they were to be experienced at all.

Many parents trusted Sai Baba and his teachers to deliver an education meant vastly to be different. To be something transformative in terms of character, with unselfishness at its core. And anything but materialistic and utilitarian. Or subject to corruption and scandal. Or for its founder to be exposed on BBC television in a documentary that has been seen by tens or scores or millions of people, and named ‘the Secret Swami’ …..

And – via the hardworking efforts of networked former devotees from around the world, who presented excellent credentials – our movement of exposure was able to be covered at various times by many leading media. This ability to prove our good standing, was, be it said, most contrary to the libels of Dr G. Venkataraman – see:  Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist. And indeed, with a vitriol and cruelty hard to match, of Sai Baba’s virtual proxy on the web,  Gerald Moreno, a web fanatic urged on by those close to Sai Baba who daily broke his teachings in his years of almost daily web-stalking, bitter name-calling attacks on former devotees and others who stood forth. 

For some indication of former devotee activity in exposing Sathya Sai Baba internationally, see:  BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS (all television), ABC (Radio Australia). In paper media – India Today, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., …..

Of course, perhaps there never was an education institution which lived up to its glowing Prospectus. But at the very pinnacle of the Sai institutions was a leader who, for whatever good he intended or achieved, was bright in what he preached but often dark in what he secretly lived.

For those who wish confidentially to write to me:  barpittard@gmail.com

Or – Robert Priddy, former head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization, retired academic, University of Oslo: rero@getmail.no

Note:  For those who wish to contemplate mounting Class Action Legal Suits, networked former Sai devotees remain servants, just as we do for those who do not wish to take such actions. Those who may wish to embark on the healing of themselves and families, we are happy to put in contact  with our highly qualified psychologists and psychotherapists under conditions of the strictest confidentiality. Advice can also be accessed via departments in major universities, chartered national and international associations, etc.

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Sathya Sai College, Whitefield. Founder Sai Baba Dead, April 2011

To My Dear Former Whitefield College Students

I taught you English for two years in 1978-79. These were wonderful experiences.

More recently, Sathya Sai Baba, founder of Whitefield College outside Bangalore, south India, is being accused of large-scale sexual abuse of boys and young men of many countries.

Whether through my own naiveté or lack of experience as a teacher, I was ignorant of any immoral sexual harassment perpetrated upon you or your classmates by Sathya Sai Baba. I am sad that I did not know of any actual or potential abuses, and only strong, sustained action to stop any further abuses by him will alleviate this sadness. The evidence very strongly indicates that he continues these abuses. .

As I reflect on those years I spent with you at the Whitefield College, I wonder:

Did you then yourself feel that whole families, even communities, would have disbelieved and scorned you had you spoken out?

Were you concerned that your education, career and marriage prospects would fail if you spoke out?

Was it impossible for you to reconcile your beliefs with your knowledge or suspicion that the one you believed to be “God” was a sexual abuser? Did some of you think that God would manifest in the guise of a molester of children and young men?

Did you secretly despise what was, it seems, happening to your beautiful, tender, and trusting innocence – yet did not know how to stop it?

Several of us, as former, long-time devotees, are now global coordinators in response to the alleged abuses. Increasing numbers of Indian and overseas persons have shared with us what they swear to be their direct experiences of sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba. They tell us that they found the experience most abhorrent, confusing and even traumatic.

Many of the descriptions, in shocking graphic detail, are heartrending to hear in person or on the phone, and to read in their affidavits and other testimonies. Expert psychologists and police have shown us how experienced sexual abusers operate the world over. The same patterns occur in countless worldwide reports that allege sexual misconduct by Sathya Sai Baba.

I was not able to stand up on behalf of what seems to have been your horribly betrayed innocence back in those days. However, I will – both openly and privately – do my best to represent that innocence now, and on an international scale.

I trust we will assist each other to uphold Truth, Right Conduct, Peace and Love. (These are such easy words to say! Yet, work and courage are required to uphold them). We coordinators are quiet about issues such as numbers and whereabouts of alleged victims or witnesses. On websites and elsewhere, defenders of Sathya Sai Baba and his assistants deride us for not producing credible witnesses. Time will most decidedly tell!

The real reason for our silence is the protection of those persons (or their families) by whom the allegations are being made. Outstanding professional abuse counsellors, Interpol, foreign ministries, legal and other consultants are closely assisting our efforts. With ever-increasing strength, former devotees from many countries will present to the world, and the law courts, extremely powerful evidence of terrible abuse of spiritual power. Abuse by one who seemed to be of the calibre of a Sri Krishna or Sri Rama or Jesus or Buddha. Yet, none of these illustrious spiritual leaders were ever suspected or accused of any such dreadful crimes against minors and young men.

Beloved former students, some of you and I actually were present during ineffably beautiful miraculous experiences that the rational mind will never comprehend. That is on the side of Light. It has promoted transformation. However, we are only whole persons when, fearlessly, we can look unflinchingly into the Darkness as well. This brings the greater transformation.

I welcome you, on a strictly private basis, to please contact me. Any information that you can provide concerning sexual or any other abuses by Sathya Sai Baba will be appreciated. It is our duty as citizens to ensure that sexual abuse and other crimes are made accountable. No matter what abilities a rare, super phenomenal, charismatic individual may possess, let us be sure: God will never manifest as a vast scale, serial sexual abuser of boys and young men.

Barry Pittard (Australia)

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Next article in this series:

Ex- Sathya Sai Baba Students Could Aid Sex Abuse Change In India. But Will They?

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 5, 2011

Further Reading

Re Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse accomplices and cover-up persons – important announcement

Posted by robertpriddy on July 16, 2011

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 18, 2009

THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION’S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA EXPOSED – By Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard.   Part One

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Will Court Decision Topple A Top Sathya Sai Teacher? Male Sexual Abuse Case

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 22, 2011

STOP PRESS! Breaking NEWS ……

We will be going after many who have aided the profound Sathya Sai cult cover ups, not a few. 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.

This morning,  Friday, I received important news, the details of which are being wrapped up in an Indian High Court today. Until I access the notes, I shall wait and examine the details, and check on what those on the spot have to report.

Witnesses to the court proceedings made such comments as: 

“Our side had only three ‘suits’ (ed. i.e., lawyers or solicitors). The Sathya Sai lot had no fewer than thirteen!!  Our three advocates ran rings around them. The judge removed the gag”.

One of the family members I spoke to, who along with other family members, has long suffered the effects of  Sathya Sai betrayal, was so overjoyed at the routing of a formidable accomplice of Sathya Sai Baba that he told me:

“I was so happy that I leapt into my swimming pool forgetting that I had my Sat(ellite)Phone in my pocket. I have to get a new one” ….

Prison Sentence – More Sentences To Come? More Litigation?

Nothing succeeds like success. Too many aggrieved individuals and families have believed that the Sathya Sai forces were invincible. A pin-point of a minority believed this to be craven and a sell-out, especially given that young students are particularly vulnerable. And these activists, on extremely slender pecunious means, persisted.

More voices advocating for human rights against the Sai Baba’s and his accomplices enormous hypocrisy and spiritual betrayal are now being raised, as never before. Case after case on our side is now starting to succeed in an Indian court. Thus far, the pro Sai forces have used one legal technicality and one suppressive ploy after another. See:  Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist.  Posted by Barry Pittard on October 18, 2009. See how the conscienceless Dr Michael Goldstein, world head of the Sathya Sai Organization and the Sathya Sai Society of America used the technicality that the Sai movement in the United States was ONLY a bookshop and therefore an entity which could not be sued by the Rahm family’s young son Alaya: Big Cult Trumps At Law. Is But A ‘Bookshop’. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2008.

There is determination and massive funding among those who have turned their minds, and their pledges, to further, and indeed prolonged, actions against those forces such as the Sathya Sai Central Trust and international Sathya Sai Organization.

For over two decades former devotees have maintained that these have profoundly covered up, along with Indian government authorities and politician Sai Baba devotees and other supporters. Many leading media in the West heard the cries of the abuse survivors; almost all of the Indian media were blind and deaf. Many who once respected India, even to the point where they saw India as a spiritual light in the world and thought that it was a fairly worthy democracy were, and remain, deeply shocked.

Gaol Sentence Is Of One Man. But Many Other Abusers Inhabit the Sathya Sai Cult. And Many Cover Up For Them …..

Early news, conveyed to me privately, is that a Sai Baba man now faces some three years gaol for but a small part of that  sexual abuse of boys that has been much earlier reported to us in regard to him. Known throughout India because of his long and close association with Sathya Sai Baba, his victims were boys (now grown adults) in a prominent Sathya Sai education institution. 

This man has been within our sights for a long time, and his sexual abuse survivors have spoken of him with dread and loathing.

One is reminded that parents expect the utmost probity from teachers to whom they entrust their precious children. It is sad that this man has brought such suffering over the years and, now, a sense of disgrace to his own family. This certainly does not bring rejoicing.

However, a number of us, though not all former devotees in our network, hold the view that attempting, by means of silence and inaction, to spare the feelings of those near and dear to predators upon our children is foolish in the extreme. Hiding their crimes fails to message to offenders and would-be offenders that a properly civil society will not tolerate their wanton, evil and devastating actions.

A report comes, too, that a Bangalore judge’s earlier non-disclosure gag has now been lifted. This will enable further legal actions from among our own forces, which had been precluded until now.

If the Indian media get on to the story before I can report it in the next few days, so be it. This will be nothing new in recent times.  There has been some alert Indian media coverage of the  be,

For two decades, those such as Glen Meloy, Hari Sampath, Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Alexandra Nagel and I have had to be, alas, the first to report on Sathya Sai cult wrongdoings, because of the appalling news blanket in almost all of the Indian media against stories critical of Sathya Sai Baba. Recently, one very prominent Indian journalist-telecaster tried to tell me, most adamantly, that this is not so. I know differently, because I was closely involved in the transactions. I am not unknown to some Indian Editors, and a few years back one of the foremost told me, quietly that:  Sai Baba’s people are too powerful to take on. In fact one of Sai Baba’s top men was on this Editor’s Board of Directors.

Anyway, we – including our Indian workers – will be glad to debate the topic with any comers, and produce compelling evidence of an enormous dereliction of almost all Indian media responsibility. They have played their own part in shoring up the taboo on sexual abuse issues in India – and failed to cognize that other parts of the democratic world have moved a long way towards discussion, disclosure, prosecution, reparation and, hopefully, some substantive healing. See: Oprah Winfrey Show On Male Sexual Abuse: Sathya Sai Baba Cult Survivors Should Watch. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 21, 2011

My alert readers have noticed the plethora of Indian news on Sai Baba shortly before and then after his death. But let anyone look as hard as they like – they will find nothing remotely like it to compare. My colleagues and I (including in India) got virtually nowhere in the Indian media. Only a swish dinner given to them by a former advisor to one of the greatest foreign affairs players of the twentieth century did a major force in the Indian media see the light of day and help us  (not the individual I am about to mention). This signalled a major difference. This was when we worked on getting our Duke of Edinburgh story into some major Indian newspapers – see: A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 9, 2007

The fact is that Aroon Poorie, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the mass ciruclation magazine India Today is the ONLY Indian publisher who has done a story on our allegations facing Sathya Sai Baba. He is also Chief Executive of the India Today Group, Managing Director of Thomson Press (India) Limited, Chairman and Managing Director of TV Today and Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest, India. How disgraceful it is for India as a supposed democracy, with a supposed free press! How lily-livered that the Indian media has until the recent, inescapable – and, of course, far more newsworthy! – revelations about Sai Baba’s hidden treasures should blithely have carried endless stories positive to Sathya Sai Baba and his cult! And yet knowingly, in the same fashion as Manmohan Singh, Vajpayee and so many others who have been provided with compelling and responsible documentation, they have endangered the safety of young people in Sathya Sai Baba’s schools, colleges and university and beyond.

Some enterprising journalist may like to ask Aroon Poorie this question:  Did you personally know a family which withdrew their boy from a premier Sathya Sai Baba’s institution, after which, convinced of the  boy’s truthfulness, the parents thereupon withdrew him for reasons of moral protection of their son?

In fact, we learn that many parents have, for the same reason, withdraw their son or sons from Sathya Sai Baba places of education. Our astute exposure lawyers should have no problem proving that this is true.

But, then, a court can of course issue subpoenas compelling those who may try to sidestep the giving of vital evidence. We shall be thinking about that.

It may always assist our exposure when powerful and influential Indians themselves know families, sometimes their own, in which there have been boys in, and beyond, Sathya Sai education institutes whom Sathya Sai Baba and/or his accomplices has/have sexually abused.

Below is a note I have written today to a foremost worker in the sexual abuse area. This person is from one of the four most prestigious universities in the world. Unfortunately, it is one of a great many notes that  I or we have written, seeking the most eminent assistance possible, to assist the survivors  Sathya Sai Baba cult abuse. (I shall cut out some references for the sake of privacy of those concerned).

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Dear Dr  ………

I shall again include the experienced and very qualified counseling professionals Ms X (Iowa) and Ms Y (Florida) in this email. Both are esteemed by many ex-Sathya Sai Baba followers from different countries.

It is not without going through your credentials, both academic AND as a respected worker in the sexual abuse area, that I’m getting in touch. 

My main focus is that, whatever benefits ‘successful’ litigation brings, I want to see that not too much is left to the tender mercies of courts-lawyers-police. My experience is that all too few of those who have turned to persons such as my principal colleague, Robert Priddy and I will turn to counseling. That is their choice and to be respected but I want to anticipate that there may be some who will accept as timely psychological assistance as possible.

At the moment, possibilities for relocation of our Indian people are: Australia, Canada, USA and UK. Then we have other abuse survivors (and families) who live in a wide number of countries around the world. Most of course will never leave India, and it would be great if some way lay open to determining – yes, I mean secure – counseling situations there. Perhaps wonderful alumni who have passed through your mentorship, and of respected colleagues of yours, and who now practise in India.

Individual litigation is being prosecuted with great determination and funding, with avowals that it will continue in one case after another, and consultations proceed suggestive of large class action or actions further ahead.

In whatever the event, I am wishing to think ahead, especially in any cases where persons end up by being richer in money but in fact the more messed up.

By “secure and best practice services”, I mean, for example, culture-appropriate – so that those we wish to see happy will feel safe and comfortable about any services that we think, after our careful ‘homework’, we can point them towards, including resources like your own website and the expertise behind it.

I also mean (although it may seem alien to many in more democratic countries than India) that there are concerns about life or limb. Our archives reference murder, attempted murders, suicide, beatings, and other forms of physical and mental violence perpetrated against those who have attempted to speak up about Sathya Sai Baba, certain of his servitors, and of his cultic Sathya Central Trust and international Sathya Sai Organization.

Many of those for whose wellbeing we care have passed through Sai Baba’s extensive education system, including a major University, and/or have served in his hospitals and other aspects of his worldwide Sathya Sai Organization. I myself was a lecturer (1978-79) in his, at that time, premier education institution, although not knowing (which has pained me ever since) of the serial sexual abuses of those boys from all over India whom I so greatly loved teaching.

Sathya Sai Baba is often accredited with millions of followers throughout the world. If they relocate to a new land, they will be in a hard situation – strangers in a strange land AND grappling with  grotesque and haunting struggles relating to the earlier abuse experiences.

Sathya Sai Baba and his accomplices abused so many boys and young men. Some, in turn, have become, and remain, abusers. Some allow themselves still to be abused.

Reported to us are, for example, issues of badly confused sexuality, which inevitably gets tangled up with marriage problems (and exacerbated by the great complexities of the Indian extended family scenario).

Only this morning, I was informed that a XXX of one of Sathya Sai Baba’s very prestigious [places of education]  has, as a result of one of a close and valued colleague’s strenuous work, been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for sexual abuse, which brought terrible suffering in a family I have known over the years. A major firm involved envisages far further results.

Dr …., I am doing my best to consider implications of various kinds of ‘fallout’, and I would most appreciate anyone who understands such situations being there for us in these difficult matters.

It has taken twenty years of almost unimaginable hard work for us to get to this point, and I would so greatly appreciate any suggestions you or your colleagues can make.

Would you kindly assist in whatever ways that you can?

Barry Pittard, Australia

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Tags:  Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Mental Health Professionals, Medicine, Healing, Social Services, Social Workers, Child Abuse, Child Safety, Children’s Rights, Cults, Homosexual Abuse, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Organization

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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

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Pamela Stephenson Protects Celeb ‘Shrink Rap’ Interviewees

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 3, 2007

In the experience of networked former followers of Sathya Sai Baba, there needs to be a new regimen of sensitivity and responsibity in the media. Overall, we have fared well, but see the need for a better grasp of deeper human issues, and greater standards of accuracy.

This is not to say, necessarily, censorship of either journalists or of content presented by those they write about. (Although it is a sad comment that the very advocates of an open society have, all too often submitted themselves, to self-censorship against philistine triumph). Rather, it is about creating an altogether different climate in which genuine feelings of interview or other subjects can be discussed more openly and commented on sensitively and intelligently, and cynical exploitation. As in e.g., pop music, principled, genuinely critical and sensitive media would raise standards and help to create richer canons of satisfaction, rather than sinking to the lowest (assumed!) common denominator.

I recently saw Pamela Stephenson interviewed by Andrew Denton in Enough Rope on ABC television (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). She is the former celebrated actress and comedian, and star of such television shows Not The Nine O’Clock News. She is now a clinical psychologist in Hollywood and a professor of psychology at the California Graduate Institute.pamelastephenson.jpg

Vile Public Critics

In her recently-made television series Shrink Rap, her famous interview subjects were willing to bare their more vulnerable feelings and lesions, and in a serious way beyond what usually passes for celebrity (so-called) ‘revelations’. Her subjects thus far have been Sharon Osbourne, Stephen Fry, David Blunkett, Sarah Ferguson, and Robin Williams.

pamela-stephenson-and-robin-williams.jpgIn a note for the show, Stephenson says:

“Shrink Rap is an attempt to allow people not to be under pressure of performing, not to feel that they have to present the ideal self, the one that is always adorable and perfect and funny and together. This allows people to bring forward the true self, to not always tell the official story”.

Holding Barbarians at Bay

But, prior to its release, she found herself editing things out far more than she had earlier thought she would need to. It was not the celebrities themselves who called for this degree of censorship but Stephenson’s own deepening awareness of state-of-the-art maliciousness among media commentators and other unconscienable attackers.

Stephenson had her own experience of having earlier been one of Great Britain’s best-known television celebrities (and is, moreover, the wife of one of the world’s most famous comedians Billy Connelly). Therefore, the need occurred her to go to still greater editorial lengths to protect her famous interview subjects. She was acutely aware of the extreme readiness of unscrupulous critics to make insensitive and distorted use of what her subjects revealed about themselves. In an interview for The Independent, she observed:

“I can control what we have in the programme, and take out things that might be misunderstood, but there’s no guarantee of how it’s going to be received. I will feel terrible on people’s behalf if anyone is publicly punished for saying how they feel.”

Slack Journalism Needs Extinctifying

Rupert Murdoch thinks he can influence an eco friendly ‘greening’ of his newspapers. So then, let him and other prime movers and shakers support those developmental programmes which create greater awareness in journalists (and especially the emerging trainee ones) that might approach that sensitivity and deep ethics being role-modeled by Pamela Stephenson.

Further Resources

Pamela Stephenson – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PamelaStephenson.com



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