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

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 20, 2007

Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his birthday on November 23, 2007 when he turns 82. You may be be sure that it will be celebrated with vast and costly pomp and ceremony that would have done any maharaja proud.

For decades, Sathya Sai Baba has not had to go to the maharajas. The maharajas – or, to be more exact, their republican equivalents – go to see him.

(For revealing photo of Sathya Sai Baba’s twin palaces at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, South India, click HERE)

Sai Baba’s Dead Body Can (Almost) Go Marching On

Tune: Brothers, will you meet me
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
His soul’s marching on!
(Chorus)
Glory, halle—hallelujah! Glory, halle—hallelujah!
Glory, halle—hallelujah! his soul’s marching on!

Is this vast opulence amidst incredible poverty and squalor quite the image that contemporary India, as she thrusts towards superpower status, wishes the rest of the world to have of her?

One may think – but Sathya Sai Baba will fade away. But no. A powerful component of India is simply not like that at all. This aspect does not admit of gurus dying. For they, as it were, live on in their pictures. In their garments. In replicas of their feet (padukas – often cast in precious metal). In the places they frequented. In the buildings they caused to be erected. They march with stronger stride than poor John Brown ever did! They march millennially. Only reason and good sense would ever stop them in their tracks. And one is reminded, to take but one example of how corruption profits from sainthood, of how, scarcely had Saint Francis of Assisi died than his successor Brother Elias set up lavish memorials. Disciplic squabbles over saintly remains is an old, old story. Yet this was to a life whose only true memorials were the poor whom Saint Francis raised up, and his inspiration to a great many down the centuries in the sacrifice of materiality.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Imperial Decay

Pride is said to come before a fall. In the case of Sathya Sai Baba puffery and proudery now come during a fall, since we are now in a better position to see the imperial decay suggested in my article The Decline and Fall of The Showman Empire. (For the busy reader, there is a condensed version, Sai Baba’s Undivine Downfall).

Pictures of Sathya Sai Baba’s Opulence and Self-glorification

For a photographic glimpse of the incredible lavish material ‘spendour of Puttaparthi’, see Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia. Or my reader may like to view some Sathya Sai Baba Chariots.

In the selfsame India, there is, with what deepest irony, a profoundly genuine splendour, down thousands of years, of saints and sages living in the utmost simplicity.

Where Do Sathya Sai Baba’s Riches Come From?

Where do the – no, not millions – billions of dollars (and many another currency) come from that support Sathya Sai Baba’s overweening self-glorification? The answer is, often – from your country and mine.  See, Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

Fortunately, a television documentary such as the BBC’s The Secret Swami was one of the means by which networked former Sai Baba devotees from several countries have found to communicate our testimony worldwide. A piece from the BBC’s publicity department gives a small idea of the sheer impact caused by coverage of dissenting views of Sai Baba and his cult, the Sathya Sai Organization. More millions have see DR’s Seduced, Azul TV’s Divine Sin, and read articles in major news media in India, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and so on. See, Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List. For a video version of Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster, the Australian version of which – against threats by the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia – was entitled Seduced By Sai Baba), click on:
(80 MB, Broadband). Seduced (21 MB, Modem)

Further Reading (with links to highly exposing BBC and other film footage)

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Sai Baba Says His Cult Is ‘The’ Divine Organization In History

Muslim Leaders Initiative Bold. Sai Baba’s Efforts Fail

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BBC WORLD SERIES ‘The World Uncovered’
‘The Secret Swami’

Sai Baba is one of India’s most renowned gurus. To his millions of followers around the world he is the embodiment of God on Earth. Reporter Tanya Datta investigates a disturbing story with allegations of magic, murder and sexual abuse.Some of the 200-plus countries where this documentary will be screened are listed below. Other countries can find by searching the more complete schedules at http://www.bbcworld.com/ for Saturday 25th September & Sunday 26th September, 2004INDIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 13.40 & 17.40 — & 26th Sept. at 00.40
NEPAL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 13.55, 17.55 — & 26th Sept. at 00.55
SRI LANKA
Saturday 25th September – screened 14.10, 18.10 — & 26th Sept. at 01.10
MALAYSIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 16.10 & 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 03.10
THAILAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 15.10, 19.10 — & 26th Sept..at 02.10
SINGAPORE
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 16.10 & 20.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
HONG KONG, CHINA
Saturday 25th September – screened 16.10, 20/10 – & 26th September at 03.10
JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA
Saturday 25th – screened at 17.10 & 21.10 — & 26th Sept..at 04.10
NEW ZEALAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 00.10 & 07.10
AUSTRALIA
New South Wales (Sydney), Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), Queensland, Whitsunday Islands, Tasmania – Saturday 25th – screened at 18.10 and 22.10 — & 26th September at 05.10
South Australia (Adelaide) & Northern Territories – Saturday 25th – screened at 17.40 & 21.40
— & 26TH Sept. 04.40
Perth – Saturday 25th – screened at 16.10 & 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 03.10
Lord Howe Islands – Saturday 25th – screened at 18.40 & 22.40 — & 26th September at 05.4)
FIJI
Saturday 25th September – screened at 20.10 & 26th September at 00.10, 07.10
MAURITIUS
12.10, 16.10 & 23.10
ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
RUSSIA (see BBC schedules for other regions)
Russian Federation (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astrakhan, Naryan.Ma
Saturday 25th September – screened at 12.10, 16.10 & 23.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
ROMANIA, TURKEY, BELARUS, UKRAINE, KALININGRAD
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
SWEDEN, DENMARK, NORWAY, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY & POLAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
GREENLAND (general)
Saturday 25th September – screened at 06.10, 10.10 17.00 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
ICELAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 08.10, 12.10 19.00 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
FRANCE & SPAIN
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
PORTUGAL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 09.10, 13.10 & 20.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

SWITZERLAND: No screening scheduled. Some coverage from adjacent countries

AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, SLOVAKIA, CROATIA, SERBIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, HUNGARY
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ITALY
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

GREECE
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ISRAEL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

IRAN
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.40, 15.40 & 22.40 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

CANADA
Atlantic – Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10
Central , Western Ontario – Saturday 25th – screened at 03.10., 07.10 & 14.10
Eastern Quebec, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Ontario – Saturday 25th – screened at 04.10, 08.10 & 15.10
Saskatchewan – Saturday 25th – screened at 02.10, 06.10 & 13.10 — NOT ON Sunday 26th)

U.S.A: No screening scheduled. Some coverage from adjacent countries.

MEXICO
Baja California Norte & Sonora – Saturday 25th September – screened 01.10, 05.10, & 12.10
Baja California Sur, Sinalca, Chichuahua – Saturday 25th – screened at 02.10, 06.10 & 13.10
General incl. Mexico City – Saturday 25th – screened at 03.10., 07.10 & 14.10

SOUTH AFRICA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ARGENTINA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

BRAZIL
S.E. Coast (Rio, Sao Paulo, Brazilia) Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10
— (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

VENEZUELA , TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Saturday 25th September – screened at 04.10, 08.10 & 15.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Un Divine Downfall

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 17, 2007

For the busy reader, here is a condensed version of my longer article The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire. (Click on this title to view the original)

A condensed version of my article The BBC’s The Secret Swami – A Revision is found in Further Reading, below. Links to downloadable video footage are also given at the foot of this present blog

– From:  The Decline And Fall of The Showman Empire

Chapter Headings

No Edward Gibbon To Chronicle Sai Baba’s Decline and Fall – Yet
An Imperial Puttaparthi Wishes To Penetrate Every Corner of Globe
Duke Versus Emperor. Edinburgh Beats  Puttaparthi
Investigative Opportunities
The Emperor Without Clothes
Cult Awareness and Non-Cooperation Will Demolish Sai Baba’s Empire

Quotes

Sai Baba’s ’showman empire’ is worth many highly unaccountable billions. Frequently, they pour to his Sathya Sai Central Trust from your country and mine. (See Rediff.com reference article listed below, Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate)
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But now, Sai Baba has been increasingly exposed to the world on television by the BBC, DR (Denmark), AZUL (Argentina), CBC (Canada), ABC,  SBS (Australia), and in the press – India Today, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Age, Australian Financial Times, and newspapers in several parts of Europe, Canada, and elsewhere. This does not mean that any of these major institutions did a perfect job, or that there do not abound plenty of compelling stories, some of them tragic indeed.
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Surprising openings in a long-muzzled Indian media occurred November 2006, when Paul Lewis’s story broke in The Guardian – The Indian living god, the pedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards. It raised concerns about the nexus between the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the UK Sai youth, on their way in large numbers to see Sathya Sai Baba.
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Awards, owing to, in this sort of issue, a not very experienced or competent UK CEO, Peter Westgarth – see HERE – was slow off the mark. However, after very high level representations from our side, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme trustees and Prince Philip’s Private Secretary

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Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davies KCVO, CBE, realized that a serious matter was at hand. Questions were also raised by some powerful citizens, including a former Home Minister, Tom Sackville. The Duke of Edinburgh Awards required of Dr G. Venkataraman, at an official Sai Baba website to take down the triumphant – but absurdly mistaken – information that the Duke of Edinburgh Award had been awarded to Sai Baba himself. See link below for: A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba

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Dr G. Venkataraman, formerly a member of India’s highly secret nuclear establishment, is Sai Baba’s deputy world head, who also directs Sai Baba’s international 7 days 24 hours satellite radio service via the WorldSpace international corporation. According to the Wikipedia entry for ‘Sathya Sai Baba’, its Director Dr Michael Nobel is “one of the patrons for the radio network” and “said that the radio network would spread Sathya Sai Baba’s message of global harmony and peace”. See links at foot for Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”. (With little sense of time’s passage the Wiki article says, absurdly, that Michael Nobel is the son of Alfred Nobel, who founded The Nobel Foundation and after whom the Nobel Prize is named)
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On November 4, 2006, The Guardian ran Paul Lewis’s story (see above). In a development that occurred quite without The Guardian seeking it, in November 2006, The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) managed to get a few major Indian media to take the feed on the Paul Lewis story. There have been decades of censorship of material adverse to the politically and religiously too-hot-to-handle Sai Baba and his vast and, in India, extraordinarily powerful Sathya Sai Organization. This feed also went to parts of Asia and the Middle East. It has been an absurd situation that NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) have been accessed in the media of many countries with large Indian diaspora to critical information about Sathya Sai Baba, when Indians in their own country have been denied.
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The present writer (email:  bpittard(at)optusnet.com) can provide journalists and other investigators with a slew of media and academic contacts who can verify that the Sathya Sai Organization is a prime example of a cult in hiding from the media and others wishing to examine it. This is why the BBC obtained a difficult to gain sanction from its senior managment and Legals to use a hidden camera on the world chairman of Sai Baba’s orgnanization, Dr Michael Goldstein of Covina, California. (See BBC video footage link, below)bbc-clip-dr-micael-goldstein-gets-angry.jpg
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The George W. Bush medical advisor Professor Kanwaljeet ‘Sunny’ Anand, the birth scientist, stands as one of many examples around Sai Baba of those who desert their normal intelligence and range into the empirically absurd. There is a naked discrepancy which they, including Sai Baba’s more intellectual followers, see-but-don’t-see, as in Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes
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Nor has he been able to honor many years of promises that he is about to travel to other parts of the world – see article link below, Will World Accept Sai Baba. He says yes. Very Soon
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Read his discourses – simply that – and the contradictions, the absurdly non-scientific and blundering historical statements (now excised where possible by his editors, but archived by academics Robert Priddy and Brian Steel, see below) will demolish him.
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Wide-scale derision, not unmixed with scorn and some helpless laughter and refusal by civic, government, political and religious bodies to cooperate with the Sathya Sai Organization, which attempts to link up with respected mainstream institutions, will topple this ‘God’, and demolish his empire
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Further Reading

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba

“Superiors to Peter Westgarth, the Director of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, were of the view that he lacked, in this issue, both judgement and experience”

Article in The Guardian (UK) by staff writer Paul Lewis: The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards

“The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards “Sai Organisation’s UK branch has also came into contact with royals through the awards, something Buckingham Palace was made aware of in September. In correspondence seen by the Guardian, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, Prince Philip’s private secretary, wrote: “[We] are very keen to get this sorted out properly and finally.” He said trustees of the award would undertake legal advice before deciding how to proceed”

Will World Accept Sai Baba. He says yes. Very Soon

Daily Telegraph article by author and journalist, Mick BrownDivine downfall

“The guru Sai Baba has left India only once, yet his devotees across the world are estimated at up to 50 million. They worship him as a living god who, at the very least, can change people’s lives and possibly even work miracles. But now his followers are bitterly divided by allegations that their guru has for years been systematically sexually abusing boy disciples summoned to his presence”

For Viewing

The Secret Swami (BBC Television)
(154 MB, Broadband). The Secret Swami (23.3 MB, Modem)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband). Seduced (21 MB, Modem)

Websites of:

Brian Steel

Robert Priddy

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Abuse Reportage. A Case for Caution, Not Inaction

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 13, 2007

From the point of view of those who would defend their guru figure, far better to react and attack than that their idol – on whom they are so powerfully fixated – be exposed to an unfavourable public estimate.

Self-fortifying of Psyches That May Crumble

Better it is to attack than for the psyche of the attacker – in which is held the profoundly attached image of the guru –  to be subject to crumbling.

Determined attackers tend to lack the quality of empathy. They do of course see their opponents as lacking in this, but even strong opponents can respect each other. In some cases, the one greater acceptance that those obsessively attached to a guru or other idol have had in life is with the cult of which they are a part. It is by no chance that many cult members describe themselves a “the family”. (Many Sai Baba devotees refer to each other as “the Sai family). This useage can create an “us” and “them” mentality and promote co-dependence. Their saviour may vouchsafe them a smile, a word or an interview, and the sincere devotees may do their best to put up with difficult people in their midst. But there is a sort of acceptance for the socially maladapted, which may not come too easily in the school or workplace.

When Precept and Practice Conflict 

Some cults, for example, set out, even though they will never achieve that end, to be very loving, kind, softly spoken, not criticize others and so on. These are worthy aims and disciplines in themselves, and far from the exclusive preserve of any one belief system. But when indriven, almost inbred, the high edicts –  sternly interiorized – can invite conflict. 

As diverse schools of psychology are agreed, the authoritarian model too easily degenerates into unhealthy suppression and repression, hypocrisy, fanaticism, and condemnation of others who do not share the cult’s ethos and commands. There can also be harshness of the individuals directed against themselves, which can in its own turn project outwards as well, involving harshness to, and lack of compassion for, others who are perceived not to be living up to the imperatives of the belief system. Not only “us” and “them” but also oneself and all or most others who don’t quite come up to the mark.

Demonization and Depersonalization of Dissenters

Demonization of those considered apostate is common. Sai Baba’s demonizing sermon on Christmas day 2000, had much to angrily condemn. Despite its name, it was not a “Christmas Discourse”. Christ hardly got a look in, and then only in the most glancing, generalizing way. This was consonant with Sai Baba’s habit – which is to affirm how he is bringing people of diverse faith together. If, for example, he has a Muslim theme, he will speak scarcely about the Prophet, and so on. Do Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, etc., flock to Puttaparthi? They do not. Sai Baba has had decades in which to succeed in his multi-faith mission, which has profoundly failed, as his devotees, were they to be other than blind, would have to concede. Christmas ‘Peace and Goodwill to All Men’ in this discourse Sai Baba certainly did not embrace. For example, in one moment he said:

“Love everyone. No matter who comes and criticizes, you say one namaskar (greet or salute them). Why? Because the Divinity in all is one. The quality of Love in everyone is one. We should not spoil our minds only due to temporary frenzy”

and in the next:

“Betrayal of God is the worst of all betrayals. It will not be atoned for no matter how many births are experienced”

and:

“Can’t even these people with brains understand this? Why are they doing this propaganda? Even this bad propaganda is for money. All these bad thoughts are for money only. Even these bad thoughts are for money only”

But Sai Baba and his leaders around the world, and many in the rank-and-file, knew the facts perfectly well:  that those in many countries who have attempted to raise responsible questions about the various types of allegations against him are free of money or other cynical inducements. His and his leaders’ falsifications here are very great indeed, and in the long term will be – perhaps even far more than the words of his outspoken critics – the undoing of his religious empire among those capable of a probing mind and strong conscience. His ‘house’ is bound to become ever more divided against itself, and collapse under the weight of its own shame.

His discourse flatly contradicted countless instances where he has said, as so many teachers have said – and a few have wonderfully exemplified – to forebear in the face of criticism, no matter how harsh.

Unsilencable Pressures

Sai Baba was at last – after decades of almost entire blanket Indian media censorship of any substantive criticism against him – subjected to a major cover story in India Today, December 4, 2000 (See, link below). This was the result of the testimony of organized former devotees from various countries, who increasingly documented their adverse experiences of Sai Baba, including to major parts of the international media.  Many had been for years in leadership positions in the Sathya Sai Organization, and are still regarded as outstanding and unselfish contributers to the welfare of their wider communities, no less than they were when so deeply devoted and hardworking in his cause.

The pressure on Sai Baba and his servitors was considerable, and there was, at the same time, great pressure on them from devotees in consternation worldwide, and many left his organization. In the following example – amidst the spell cast by charisma and rhetoric – demonization can be observed to come quite dramatically together in both guru and the many thousands of devotees present. Sai Baba said:

“These types of publicity are shameless. Truly they are not human beings at all. The ones who put obstacles in the way of all sacred works are demons, not human beings. The determined vow of Sai will never change, even if demons like this may be all over the world. (Swami bangs his fist decisively on the table to emphasize His point. The audience applauds for long.)”

By Their Language Ye Shall Know Them

Too often the appearance in cult followers of happiness or joy or bliss can instead be euphoric, and the test of this is how quickly the state is lost when confronted with the simplest tests. Repeatedly, an attacker’s concern is to entrap, to demean, to slander, to intimidate and in some cases to terrify. One glance at their language is enough to see how often they employ curse words and phrases – like “liar”, “mentally aberrant”, “hallucinating”, “hypocritical”, “vengeful,” “disgruntled” because the guru didn’t give them what they wanted”, etc. There are other examples but here is a quotation from T. Sri Ramanathan, formerly head of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, one of Sai Baba’s closest leaders. This is the way he attempted to demean and intimidate those many former devotees and others around the world who have attempted to obtain independent, third party investigation of Sai Baba. T.Sri Ramanathan, as on other occasions (See links below), tried to defame former Sai Baba devotees to SBS, Australia’s great multicultural radio and television broadcaster. Fortunately, SBS acted like other reputed major media who have listened very carefully and rigorously to former devotee accounts, including the BBC, DR (Denmark) and CBC (Canada), whose top executives stood up to the leaders and other members of the Sathya Sai Organization.

The latter tried to stop the broadcasts (and also world top newspapers) and, in some cases, vie for equal time. SBS, refused to be intimidated by Ramanathan’s defamatory threats of sueing them. Well-informed Sai Baba devotees in Australia know that Ramanathan is a bully and an exponent of the art of bluff, and his approach to organized former devotees is no different to the autocratic high-handedness he has long meted out to those within the organization who have dared to question him :

“As for the anti Sai group, some of them subsist on the generous welfare handouts of government and exist on Disability Pensions (disability being physical or mental) have the time to conjure up situations. Some of the anti Sai group are eccentric, neurotic and their behaviour and attitude are equally bizarre”.

Further Resources

India Today, Test of Faith, A God Accused article: “As India’s most enduring god-man enters his 75th year, his spirituality rests uneasily with controversy”. By Amarnath K. Menon, Ashok Malik in Puttaparthi, and Vijay Thapa, et al

Sai Baba Cult Says it is ‘The’ Divine Organization In History (Links are given to various statements and actions of T.Sri Ramanathan, former head of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization)

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Abuse. Some Reach Out. Many Suffer in Silence

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 10, 2007

Many of our witnesses come from various countries and cultures. They testify to sexual and other abuses by Sathya Sai Baba, and in some cases by those close to him, and the cover up by his core leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization. Many are unready to speak out.

Proper Debriefing Is A Sore Need

Some accept the importance of professional counseling but so many do not avail themselves of it, even though we do our best to organize properly accredited, culturally appropriate and experienced professional counseling, whether by former Sai devotee or other therapists from wider communities. Where individuals are not able readily to afford this, there has been no demand by professionals for fees.

Anger at Abusee Silence. Understandable, But Helpful?

The unwillingness of abuse survivors (a term preferable to ‘victims’, which can be a labeling of people), led one active former Sai Baba devotee to stop good and useful work for the exposé. This person said, “Why are they not standing up for themselves?”

Speaking Out Has Real Risks 

However, there are considerable factors that can make speaking out (or at least on one’s own) unwise in what is, after all, an extremely painful, confusing situation.

Survivors can go into denial and suppression, failing to reach out. A humane and responsible organization would do its best to support those who nervous about seeking professional counseling as well as those open to receiving it. The international Sathya Sai Organization, like other groups in cover up mode, has profoundly and repeatedly failed in the duty-of-care and accountability areas.

Further Reading

Cost Of Cover Ups Can Far Exceed Hoped-for Benefits

Quote: “Today, most societies are multicultural. Would it not make sense to take the broad approach, with not a single organization acting as though it, too, is unaffected? Or a wider public permitted to think that it has not its own accountability?”

Sexual Abuse And Cover-up

Quote: “The same sinister pattern of cover-up and denial is to be noted in Terry Gallagher’s findings. He was the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia but, like a number of other leaders and rank-and-file Sai Baba followers around the world, he left after making careful enquiry into the sexual abuse allegations. In fact, Terry Gallagher’s enquiries were most extensive. Among other sources, he had spoken privately with a number of Sai Baba’s students”

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Sai Baba Top Leaders Antidemocratic

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 31, 2007

For many years, Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organization have avoided critical scrutiny. With rare exceptions, such as retired world and Indian organization head Indulal Shah, and current world chairman Dr Goldstein, Covina, California, USA, his leaders and rank-and-file have long been forbidden to make statements to media.

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Not that these leaders say more than a picayune amount (if at times angrily with a rage normally kept behind-the-scenes but caught here by BBC hidden camera), and we can document that they keep crucial information from their rank-and-file. Indeed, it does not speak well of Sathya Sai Organization members that they permit such extraordinary Soviet or Chinese style, authoritarian diktat – all the more reprehensibly so in those countries which are supposed to be relatively mature democracies.

No Reputed Scholars Need Apply

Well-funded, distinguished scholarly investigation is badly thwarted – no matter whether from one of the top half dozen universities in the world. (With permission of those scholarly sources concerned, I shall, as in past years, give details to any bona fide academic institution or scholar or to well-reputed, ethical media investigators). Other cases include the extremely limited cooperation given to world class investigators such Dr Erlendur Haraldsson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Iceland and the late Dr Karlis Osis of the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University, USA.

A difficulty of the Sathya Sai Baba exposé (and I think any major undertaking that lacks teams of researchers, analyists, librarians, etc) is proliferation – where welter and mass defeat best-practice materials organization and reader focus. There are certain articles which particularly should not, I think, get buried in the mass. One of these refers to a major departure from Sai Baba’s strict policy. Here, the second top official in Sai Baba’s large global Sathya Sai Organization, retired Indian nuclear scientist Dr G. Venkataraman, has spoken out specifically pointing to activity largely led by Robert Priddy, former head of the organization in Norway, and me, Barry Pittard. Our joint article: The Sathya Sai Organization’s Deception And Progaganda Exposed is detailed, in four parts, and contains many important hotlinks. Again, what cannot be shared because of immediate security issues can and will be related to bona fide investigators, particularly those which have the clout to stand up to Sathya Sai Organization threats, as have the BBC, DR (Denmark), SBS (Australia), Times of London, and, if to a somewhat capitulated extent – worried by the lawyers of one of its big, Sai Baba devotee advertizers – CanWest (Canada), etc. Happily, despite pressure from hundreds of Sai Baba devotees even prior to screening The Secret Swami three times, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) stated publicly that it had “trust in the professionalism” of its BBC colleagues.

Quote from the Article: The Sathya Sai Organization’s Deception And Propaganda Exposed

Dr G. Venkataraman and Sai Baba’s other top leaders have failed to look with even remotest objectivity at the reasons so many have left the Sathya Sai Organisation. Unconscionably and repeatedly, its leaders have refused a proper hearing to those anguished individuals and their families – or many former members – who have told them about Sai Baba’s sexual and other abuses. These leaders have not been truthful about the integrity of those former devotees and their rightful – and righteous – claims. This cultic aspect of the Sathya Sai Organisation alerts third party investigators, such as the world’s most responsible media, to the credibility of the former devotees’ claims. Journalists and their research teams quickly notice the secretive, evasive nature of Sai Baba and his leaders.

Leading media and other organizations such as UNESCO and the U.S. State Department have been very stringent in their expectations of sound evidence from organized former devotees around the world. Those who have researched the worldwide allegations against Sathya Sai Baba include the BBC, DR (Denmark), ATUL (Argentina), SBS (Australia), ABC (Australia), and print media in India, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia, etc. They quickly discovered for themselves the dishonesty and elusiveness of Sai Baba and his leaders. For example, this was why the BBC’s legal department permitted its The Secret Swami team to clandestinely film Sathya Sai Organization world chairman Dr. Michael Goldstein, of Covina, California, USA, allowing millions in many countries to see him show no respect for the accountability and transparency that citizens and responsible organizations today expect. They also saw Goldstein act nastily in a way that is the very antithesis of a spiritual leader.

It suits G. Venkataraman – who refers to Goldstein as “Brother” to suppress this telling aspect, as he also does with other self-damning statements by Sai Baba and American billionaire Isaac Tigrett, in The Secret Swami. The BBC interviewer Tanya Datta says to Tigrett, “But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you’re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru”. Tigrett replies, “Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He could go out and murder someone tomorrow…”

Further Resources

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

The Secret Swami BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

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

View the Television Documentaries

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

The Secret Swami
(23.3 MB, Modem)

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

Seduced
(21 MB, Modem)

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Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 26, 2007

Today’s blog suggests that Sathya Sai Baba has, leave aside his recent would-be moon sightings, not been particularly bright himself.

And how can he be so when the evidence – that can less and less be hidden from his rank-and-file devotees – suggests that he now suffers from senile dementia?

He has not selected the brightest moon. Nor  a cloudless evening by which his religious and spiritual élite of devotees could view him in the moon on October 4, 2007. Nor the brightest students of his alumni – who now rush to the Internet to prove that Sai mooning is not moon madness.

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Today’s blog suggests that Sai Baba has, leave aside his recent would-be moon sightings, not been particularly bright himself.

And how can he be so when the evidence – that can less and less be hidden from his rank-and-file devotees – suggests that he now suffers from senile dementia?

He has not selected the brightest moon. Nor  a cloudless evening by which his religious and spiritual élite of devotees could view him in the moon on October 4, 2007. Nor the brightest students of his alumni – who now rush to the Internet to prove that Sai mooning is not moon madness.

Why Seek They After A Sign?

Note, King James Bible. Mark 8.

“And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation”.

Note, the great Hindu monk, Swami Vivekananda:

“I look upon miracles as the greatest stumbling block in the way of truth. When the disciples of Buddha told him of a man who had performed a so-called miracle and showed him the bowl, he took it and crushed it under his feet and told them never to build their faith on miracles, but to look for truth in everlasting principles”

Note, writer of the ancient classic treatise The Yoga SutrasSage Patanjali:

‘These (psychic) powers of spreading or outgoing mind are injurious to contemplation”

SBOI (Sai Baba of India Group) Are Over the Moon

It is interesting to find highly unofficially-officially connected prominent Sathya Sai Baba devotees, including those who as students were long in his colleges and university, now enthusing about visions in the moon of their guru. That some get so extremely excitable as to support calls on the Internet for people’s experiences of Sathya Sai Baba induced moon visions, suggests that Sai Baba’s years of education have failed them. (Yes, by the way, their education was ‘free’ but many of their parents forked out a fortune in donations and supposedly incidental expenses).

Unless, of course, a moon vision of Sai Baba in the absence of a moon is one of his greatest miracles.

The astronomical moon chart for October 2007 sustains Robert Priddy’s point in his article Deceiving ‘devotee’ makes bogus image of Sai in the Moon. He writes “

“it so happens that the moon on October 23 was not full but was still ’waxing gibbous’, as can be seen from the following image taken from the astronomical website http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon/ This shows the moon two days before full moon. Full moon did not occur until Oct 26  04:52, according to NASA“.

Tonight, quite a bit of the eastern seaboard in Australia looks as though it may be in cloud. A pity. Otherwise, we’d get to see the moon at its brightest for 2007, a large brilliant perigree moon. If you were Sathya Sai Baba – who says that he is the fullest manifestation of God in mankind’s history – perhaps, you might:

a) have chosen the brightest moon for the delectation of your followers and

b) made sure to check with your inner Divine Weather Forecaster – because, on October 4, clouds descended over Puttaparthi obscuring the moon. Ah, that old devil cloud!  Or, let me be true to that marvelous American lyricist Yip Harburg with the Burton Lane tune:

I look at you and suddenly,
Something in your eyes I see;
Soon begins bewitching me.
It’s that old devil moon;
That you stole from the skies.
It’s that old devil moon in your eyes

Can Visions Be Deceptions?

In regard to later capers by some of Sathya Sai Baba’s well-known (many of them young) propagandists of SBOI (SaibabaofIndia), I leave Robert Priddy on his blogsite at http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com to make the point about whether one of a group of highly active supporters of Sai Baba, Darpan Rane, has fabricated a deception. Perhaps more interesting from the point of view of human growth to maturity is this:  Just suppose Sai Baba’s image were to have appeared on the moon. Then, let us ask, of what advancement would such a quaint manifestation have been to individuals collected around their guru? Or to all those international devotees so fervently racking up huge mobile phone costs trying to get the latest ‘moon miracle’ reports from their contacts at Puttaparthi? Or, much less, to humanity as a whole?

Form vs Essence

It is interesting that so many devotees have assumed that the vision apparently promised by Sai Baba via his chief translator and close servitor Professor Anil Kumar to many thousands of devotees gathered at his Puttaparthi ashram would entail seeing the form of Sai Baba on the moon. If they had consulted their timeless sacred classic, Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, they might have recalled that the vision granted by Sri Krishna to Lord Arjuna (vishwarupa or vishvarupa darshana) was of a very different character. It was not the form of Sri Krishna -who was right beside him! – but a cosmic vision of enormous range and depth. But what fools who rush all agape in to Sai Baba’s local airport would ever want something both noble and fiercesome as that?

  • Was it not enough for them to have seen it where they had daily darshan (sight) of him within his Puttaparthi ashram?
  • Why all the sensationalism, and indeed threat to life and limb, of thousands of devotees rushing headlong to his nearby private airport?
  • Is an unruly crowd, which police had great difficulty in controlling, likely to be in a fit state to receive a divine and blissful vision?

Certainly, if it was the form of Sathya Sai Baba that was so eagerly sought after by the crowds of devotees, they have entirely missed one of his most insistent teachings: that the form is not what is important – but the essence of the teachings, and that attachment to the form is deleterious to spiritual growth.

A Dotty Sai Moon, A Smudgey Sai Earth

Why then, after all these years, do his devotees, both old and young, quest so fervently after a mere rather dotty semblance of his form somehow superimposed on the moon?

And are they so uncertain of their faith that they need to grasp at ‘proofs’ of their guru’s divinity?

Certainly, Sai Baba’s so-called ‘spiritual’ museum exhibitors cater for such spurious ‘confirmatory’ evidence of their ‘Lord’s’ greatness. On show for example is what purports to be a NASA satellite photo of Sai Baba. It appears to some as though the very terrain for miles around his abode shows him watching over it. (I rather think that this is what Darpan Rane has in view and it harks back to material in Chapter 10 of (the late) Sai Baba devotee-journalist Shakuntala Balu’s book, Living Divinity. Here you are, dear Reader – but gaze on this divine miracle of Sai Baba, and, should you become fully enlightened, please remember me in your Will):

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Or, with no authentication by Muslim or any other bona fide scholars, you may like to take a trip to India to witness material in Sathya Sai Baba’s self-glorifying Chaitanya Jyoti museum at Puttaparthi that purports to be many clear prophecies of the so-called ‘Advent’ of Sathya Sai Baba – as the promised Medhi Moud. What? Allah in form?! See, HERE

Further Reading

Other articles on the Sai Baba moon issue at: https://barrypittard.wordpress.com are:

Sai Baba Fails to Grant Great Moon Darshan

Sai Baba Fails To Appear In The Moon, IANS Reports

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

Brian Steel: For a detailed, critical examination of the Medhi Moud so-called prophecy regarding Sai Baba, see The “Mehdi Moud” Prophecy Revisited

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Robert Priddy:

Deceiving ‘devotee’ makes bogus image of Sai in the Moon

Oops! Apparently Sai Baba DID appear on the moon?

Why build moon rockets when Sai Baba has mantras?

More Sathya Sai Baba Moon Madness

Sai Baba postpones moon buggy ride

General

The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire

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

For Online Viewing and/or Dowloading

The Secret Swami (BBC Television) Broadband 154 MB

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

Still More Video Resources

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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The Public Petition   

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

About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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

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Sai Baba Cult Says it is ‘The’ Divine Organization In History

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 21, 2007

Former devotees are accosted by Sai Baba cult members in shopping malls, supermarkets and elsewhere. 

Information on them (already skewed) is gathered by Sai Baba’s members and conveyed both ‘up the chain’ of the Sathya Sai Organization or, in other cases, directly to attackers on the Internet, whose poor inferential capabilities can be spotted by anyone capable of detecting fallacious reasoning, and not already blinded. 

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

Countless former devotees around the world – except for the occasional foolish hotheads who seem to revel in it – deplore vile language or cyber fights, no matter from which quarter they may come.

The nasty defamatory, name-calling language that any surfer can see, not least from the mere search engine references linking to pro Sai Baba materials, immediately discloses the nature of a Sathya Sai Organization that would allow its case to be put while it stands in the background, letting its members cooperate, also in the background, in constant attacks against former devotees and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba. 

How Divine!

Former devotees who have not threatened or abused anyone are threatened via phone and on the Internet. 

The recent head of the Sathya Sai Organization, T.Sri Ramanathan, has made threats by phone, April 9, 2000, and also defamed former devotees to SBS Television and The Age newspaper in Australia. See HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Emails by Thorbjörn Meyer, a major Sai Baba world leader, disclose the cult mentality without any assistance from critics (See, exchange of emails between Meyer and Robert Priddy).

bbc-clip-dr-micael-goldstein-gets-angry.jpgWorld chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr Michael Goldstein (Covina, California, USA, and associate top leaders Leonard Gutter (Argentina), Ashok Bhagani (UK), Steen Piculell (Denmark), J.Jagadeesan (Malaysia), and so on, have extremely falsified the stance of former devotees, as has Dr G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s head of world broadcasting – Sai Global Harmony via WorldSpace Satellite Radio Service (See Robert Priddy’s and Barry Pittard’s four-part article, The Sathya Sai Organization’s Propaganda and Deception Exposed.

Further Reading

Ashok Bhagani – Blotting Out Conscience and Memory?

Genital Oiling. Do Hindu Religious Leaders Approve?

Thorbjörn Meyer Interview. A careful observer of evasions and obfuscations by interviewees will readily be able to spot Meyer’s shortcomings in this interview by Bo Reimer on TV-Avisen, the Danish prime news show. The English translation is by Ole Alstrup. The interview was aired close on the heels of the documentary Seduced by DR, Denmark’s national and television broadcaster. Seduced (with an overvoice English translation) may be viewed HERE. Despite threats of legal action by the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, an English version was made by Australia’s great multicultural broadcaster SBS, and retitled Seduced By Sai Baba.

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Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sathya Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 8, 2007

Sathya Sai Baba’s chief international propagandist (via Sai Global Harmony and WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service) is Dr G. Venkataraman. He is also deputy head of the immensely wealthy and influential world Sathya Sai Organization, and formerly an Indian nuclear scientist on highly sensitive projects.

His former colleague was the late Dr S. Bhagavantham, also a nuclear scientist, who was Chief Scientific Advisor to the Indian Department of Defense, and for many years, Sathya Sai Baba’s principal translator. (I have confidentially, and reliably, been informed circumstances of Bhagavantham’s leave-taking of Sathya Sai Baba – it is a sad account and does justice to Bhagavantham, and not at all for Sathya Sai Baba. Whether the latter’s family and friends can ever reveal the story is a moot point).

While inveighing against dissenting former devotees of Sathya Sai Baba (who come from many countries), Dr G. Venkataraman has made a major point of citing Indian leaders like former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and immediate ex-President A.P.J. Kalam (who was designer of India’s nuclear device delivery vehicles) as those who support Sai Baba.

If you squint a little, you can just make out a nuclear aura around Sai Baba.

Top Vajpayee Minister Thinks BBC Was Plotting

But for a glimpse at the clearly morally bankrupt showing of the Vajpayee government on many allegations facing Sathya Sai Baba, see the video clip from the BBC’s The Secret Swami (2004), HERE.

Datta, Tanya

Confronted by the BBC’s charming interviewer Tanya Datta, who asked perfectly fair questions, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, a cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee government, soon lost his temper, showed himself to be a thorough bully. He jabbed away with pointed finger at the taken-aback Ms Datta, accusing the BBC and “people in England” of plotting against Sai Baba, his devotee A.B. Vajpayee and P.N. Bhagwati (a key Sathya Sai Central Trust member and former Chief Justice of India). As the interview progresses, Joshi arrogantly shouts at her:

Joshi:

Well I have read something and I’m, I know Sai Baba very well, I know most of these people very well. And I can say that whatever Mr Vajpayee has said is the correct position.

Tanya Datta:
Isn’t the point really that any possible investigation by the state of Sai Baba would be compromised?

Joshi:
No, no, there has been no, you see, there’s no question, any false allegation, you see. I know that this is a case in which your BBC is, is involved and people from England are, have been making certain charges against Sai Baba

Joshi then reminded one of the world chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr Michael Goldstein –

Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips) – when he was caught by the BBC’s hidden camera – a measure that was only taken when BBC production, senior management and legals saw that there was gross and repeated cultic evasion and non-accountability).

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Joshi too lost his temper. Joshi too, blustered and smokescreened. Joshi too, in a show of a dark side too patent and potent for any sensible view to miss, reacted angrily and overbearingly:

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“No, no, no… You don’t know the meaning of interviewing a minister in my capacity, as a minister of my stature”. (See my article at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’, The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision)

See video footage:

“The Secret Swami” – BBC Film Footage and Transcript

BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip)

“The Secret Swami” – BBC Film Footage and Transcript

and commentary at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’:

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

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

Dr G. Venkataraman and Bill Aitkin Allege BBC Plot

In his article, G. Venkataraman is also partial to the conspiratorial view. He quotes, very approvingly, the English devotee Bill Aitkin (author of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, A Life. Viking Books, 2004), who typically spends many months at Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi. He says that:

“Aitkin has given a stirring defence of Swami … Here is what Aitkin has to say about the BBC, and he gives on behalf of all of us a stinging reply to slander with all the required passion! Aitkin says: ‘The BBC is ultimately governed by the Anglican establishment, and churches in the west are losing out financially to the appeal of the Sai Baba movement'”.

Venkataraman triumphantly concludes:

“Well, there it is – all the rebuttal of the BBC that you have always wanted, that too from an Englishman!”

It is indicative and revealing that Sai Baba’s defenders like G. Venkataraman, feel the need to defend his Godhood by reference to politicians, presidents present and past or, for example, prostrate to an Englishman who does not produce a single argument for his conspiracy contention.

Top Indian Leaders Who Accept Sai Baba, Good. Former Devotee Dissenters, Bad

Such is the Orwellian logic, in matters non-nuclear, of Dr G. Venkataraman.

Except among the naive, there is tremendous skepticism in India about politicians, as I know from my years of living there. Did Venkataraman even pause to consider the perceptions of politicians in the minds of a great many? Of politicians who like to be pictured in advantageous places, consorting with those who will fetch most and endanger fewest votes? And make high-sounding promises and then break them? Of politicians who blatantly lie, and play about with nuclear toys (of matters nuclear Venkataraman is well-acquainted)? Of politicians who are anything but spiritual characters?

Of course, we all have our national crosses to bear.

Venkataraman would try – in his newsletter aimed at devotees, firm and infirm, around the world – to ‘authorize’ his God by reference to politicians and other compromised notables, and to denounce former devotees in large numbers who were for long highly regarded when they were Sai devotees – and still much esteemed for their integrity by their wider communities.

In proclaiming Sai Baba’s divinity, why cite politicians, presidents etc., or a conspiratorially-minded Englishman – whose poor attempt at scholarship has been carefully dissected and exposed by a real scholar, Brian Steel (see link on Aitkin’s name above) – as guarantor of goodness?

Some Related Articles

At – http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 7, 2007

The report below, I have excerpted from the DNAINDIA news service. It indicates that Sathya Sai Baba’s chief translator and personal India and international emissary, Professor Anil Kumar, has acknowledged the extraordinary traffic and crowd snarls occasioned by Sai Baba’s trip to his private airport at Puttaparthi.

It is reported that India’s most famous and controversial guru was at the airport in his car on the evening of Thursday October 4, 2007, which got badly detained by unruly crowds. He would be present, it was believed, to preside over a profound mass vision that he, as God, would perform. An Indo Asian News Service (IANS) staff writer reported:

“It all started when an official of the Sai Trust announced that the godman would make a ‘moon appearance’ 6-7 p.m., and asked devotees to proceed towards the airport”.

The ‘moon appearance’ was to be “Vishwarupa Darshanam“. This is a beholding (by whatever means it is mediated – like in the Bhagavad Gita account of Arjuna’s looking into the mouth of Sri Krishna) by the devotee of the universal form of the divine. Sacred Hindu scriptures state that it is grace extremely rarely bestowed. Supposedly, Sai Baba, who claims to be the fullest incarnation of God ever to appear on earth (poornavathar, purnavatar, etc) was going to allow thousands of his devotees to have the vision of the cosmic form of the divine (in whatever that may consist).

Indian Media Long Heavily Censored on Sai Baba. A Change is Occurring 

It is good that some Indian media are at last reporting on events that do not speak well of Sai Baba or of his close servitors. For decades there has been extremely heavy censorship of news inimical to Sathya Sai Baba. There must be many Indians who feel it disgraceful that scarcely no Indian media has covered the many and various types of allegations against Sai Baba, and of many of his closest servitors. A great exception was India Today, with its cover story of December 4, 2000, and the courageous journalism of its staffers like Vijay Thapa.

It has been ironical that NRI’s (Non-Resident Indians) throughout the world have been able to get alternative and critical news about Sai Baba and his cult while India, at large, has been extensively kept in the dark. Given that Sai Baba’s outfit is a highly autocratic monolith, it is doubtful that non-core Sathya Sai Organization leaders and rank-and-file members will know about what www.dnaindia.com (see below) reports as “rival groups within the Trust demanding a stake in the assets” (Ed., i.e., the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust).

Perhaps at long last, more sections of the Indian media, picking up some shreds of their international self-respect, are now prepared to scrutinize Sai Baba and his cult, and not leave matters up to foreign media, like the BBC (The Secret Swami), CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), NRK (Norway), ABC and SBS (Australia), The Times of India, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and other major media in several countries to investigate the many and serious allegations facing Sai Baba and his core, and very secret, leaders. Indeed, his mega billion dollar apparatus that has for so long covered up for him at the highest levels in the police, judiciary, and almost absolute complicity, irrespective of political hue, of Indian governments local, state and central – including the current Manmohan Singh regime.

Puttaprthi Sai Baba misses date with miracle
DNA Correspondent
Saturday, October 06, 2007  08:32 IST

“The near stampede at the aerodrome compelled the ashram trustees and the Seva Dal volunteers to shift his vehicle to a remote corner and form a security cordon around it. But the devotees kept chasing Saibaba’s vehicle wherever his car moved ….

A vexed Saibaba and his entourage them decided to get back to his abode of Prashanti Nilayam. “Even that was difficult as the entire road and the highway out of Puttaparthi was clogged with vehicles,” said Anil Kumar, Baba’s disciple and personal attendant ….

Thursday’s aborted feat is being seen an attempt by the aging godman to regain his waning popularity and rekindle public interest in his divine personality. Saibaba’s vast properties in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi are already under a cloud with rival groups within the Trust demanding a stake in the assets”.

Further Reading

Robert Priddy: Sai Baba postpones moon buggy ride
Barry Pittard: Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon
——–  —–—-: The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire

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Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon, IANS Reports

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 5, 2007

In the last hours, many Sai Baba devotees have received yet another of many setbacks to expectations that he would perform, as he has so many times promised, this or that great miracle.

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Of course, my dear reader may have noticed that at least Sai Baba’s afro hairdo has been seen quite clearly on the moon on not a few occasions. On the other hand, his hair has considerably thinned in recent years, despite his prophecy that he would not age after his 60th birthday.

In this case, IANS (Indo Asian News Service) reports:

“It all started when an official of the Sai Trust announced that the godman would make a “moon appearance” 6-7 pm and asked devotees to proceed towards the airport”.

Several news services have released the IANS (Indo Asian News Service) feed, including Sify.com HERE:

Sai Baba’s moon miracle fails
Friday, 05 October , 2007, 00:05

Puttaparthi: Thousands of people gathered at the airport here on Thursday night after word spread that controversial godman Satya Sai Baba would be “sighted” on the moon – but returned disappointed when the “miracle” did not happen.

The 81-year-old Sai Baba was also present at the airport and later returned to his ‘Prshanti Nilayam’ ashram here in Anantapur district.

It all started when an official of the Sai Trust announced that the godman would make a “moon appearance” 6-7 pm and asked devotees to proceed towards the airport.

Thousands of the Baba’s devotees from neighbouring villages rushed to the airport but were disappointed as a cloud cover hid the moon. They waited for an hour before dispersing.

Police had a tough time in clearing the traffic on the airport road to enable the Baba to return to his abode amid tight security. There was no word from Sai Trust as to why the ‘miracle’ failed to materialise.

His devotees believed that the clouds played spoilsport while rationalists termed it an attempt by the Sai Trust to revive the Baba’s waning popularity. IANS.

Further Reading

Subsequent articles on this topic at: https://barrypittard.wordpress.com are:

Sai Baba Fails To Grant Great Moon Vision. Endangers Crowds (‘Vision here refers to what is called in Hindu classic sacred literature viswarupa darshanam or universal, cosmic vision of the divine, such as that depicted in the Bhagavad Gita as being conferred on Arjuna by Lord Krishna at the time of the Kurukshetra battles. Little wonder, then, the rush of devotees to the Puttaparthi airport!).

Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further
Quote from this Barry Pittard article: The DNAINDIA news service reported that Sathya Sai Baba’s chief translator and personal India and international emissary, Professor Anil Kumar, has acknowledged the extraordinary traffic and crowd snarls occasioned by Sai Baba’s trip to his private airport at Puttaparthi.

It is reported that India’s most famous and controversial guru was at the airport in his car on the evening of Thursday October 4, 2007, which got badly detained by unruly crowds. He would be present, it was believed, to preside over a profound mass vision that he, as God, would perform. An Indo Asian News Service (IANS) staff writer reported …” etc. See article
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Robert Priddy – who goes on to demolish the story with some real, as opposed to lunatic, moon facts – writes in his article Sai Moon Man that RA. Ganapati, the Tamil scholar and much-read hagiographer of Sai Baba, wrote that on December 8, 1973, on a stop with Sathya Sai Baba between the Puttaparthi ashram (Andhra Pradesh) and Brindavan, Whitefield via Bangalore) ashram (Karnataka), devotees threw stones at a wood-apple tree and brought down one unripe fruit, and quotes Ganapati:

“Svami bent down and picked it up. Holding it between the thumb and forefinger He said, “Here is the moon”! When He closed His palm over the piece for an instant and opened it again, the fruit was no longer found. Instead an unusual article was in his hand. It was a translucent sphere. The sunlight was gorgeously reflected out of its surface. Though as a whole it was luminiscent there were several dim and even dark spots inside. Multi-hued veins of minerals could also be seen. Superficially smooth-surfaced, it revealed elevations and depressions inside.

“The mini-moon, made up of all the ingredients of the moon”, observed Baba.
Only a few days before, the newspapers had carried photographs of both sides of the moon transmitted by spacecraft. All their features could be precisely perceived in this three-D-mini-moon. More than that, it was refracting the spectrum of colours in sunshine. The party enjoyed the picnic in the glades. Svami held up the mini-moon finally to sunlight. The solar rays glancing off the outer rim sprayed gold. “Do you see the moon rise?” asked Sai, as pleasing as the moon itself. With one more folding and unfolding of His hand, the mini-moon set! It had returned to its old wood-apple birth! (
Baba: Sathya Sai, by Ra. Ganapati, p. 83f).

Note: Indo Asian News Service has fed news that has helped break the long decades of most of the Indian media to run any story inimical to Sathya Sai Baba. See Paul Lewis’s article The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards in one of the top British newspapers The Guardian, which, amazingly, IANS was able to get into sections of the Indian press previously silent on many Sai Baba-related scandals.

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2007

Note:  3 December 2010.  In the aftermath of Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th birthday celebrations, here is a 2007 article which shows that the incredible opulence that surrounds him has been in the building for a long time now.

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 In the director-writer-actor Orson Welles’s great movie classic Citizen Kane, one can, it is true, note certain differences between the U.S. newspaper proprietor William Randolf Hearst

and Welles’s and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s creation Charles Foster Kane. For decades, the differences have been fought over – fiercely. Nonetheless, both were fabulously wealthy, gigantically egocentric – and corrupt. They splurged incredibly on their domiciles. As does Sathya Sai Baba -See: Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony


(Microsoft founder, Bill Gates’s humble little shack – dubbed by some wag as: Xanadu 2.0. No zoo there yet, but who knows? – with the true coming-of-age of Robotics something cyber-‘animal’ might be managed. Although Sai Baba’s imperial fiat has gone out to his devotees that they must have nothing to do with the Internet, his devotees, from top to bottom, are using it extensively. So much for the notion ‘Guru is God’).

In naming the fictive Kane’s dream home on sprawling acres, Xanadu, Welles and his writer Mankiewicz thought – perhaps inevitably – of the fabulous city of the 13th Century Mongolian emperor, Kubla Khan (see portrait above) and of the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s fittingly eccentric and exotic poem known to millions, whose first line runs:

In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure-dome decree
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea  
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 Today’s Would-be ‘Emperor’ of India and Then the World

Kane in Florida, like Hearst at San Simeon in California, was absolute King of his castle. But there is a virtual Emperor in India – Sathya Sai Baba.

But even Randolph Hearst (as perhaps a modern-day media buccaneer Rupert Murdoch) might have blushed a wee bit for shame to hold such sway with the big end of town as Sathya Sai Baba has long done with India’s power brokers, irrespective of what political party is in power. Sai Baba (and I have seen him up close a great many times), who long ago learnt not to blush, is arguably India’s and history’s most famous – and infamous – guru. 

How the stupendous splurger Sai Baba can ever say the name of Mahatma Gandhi, modern India’s simple-living ‘father of the nation’, without blushing is one of his greatest miracles!

Hearst would refer to his establishment as “the ranch”. Hugh Heffner, the ‘soft’ pornography magnate and publisher of Playboy Magazine had built his Playboy Mansion, of which  the writer John Marshal has observed  that  driving through its gates is “like being misdirected into the back entrance of a public zoo”. The zoo atmospheric reminds that Hearst’s estate included a zoo – then the world’s largest. The narrator in Citizen Kane speaks of Kane having the largest zoo since Noah. See USA Weekend LINK.

Golden Glitter For Sai Baba's 83rd Birthday

India’s Fabulous Top Guru Sai Baba. More Emperor Than King

But then see the article: 

The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2007

 

One wonders why Sai Baba has not included a gee-wizzo zoo. Perhaps it would be a counter-distraction, because everybody is supposed to have their eyes trained on Sai Baba (it is called ‘darshan’, and his devotees spell it with a capital ‘D’. Instead of gazing at one’s navel, one gazes at the guru). However, one Indian man sitting next to me at a Sai Baba ‘darshan’ described Sai Baba’s setup to me as “a national circus”.

See:  SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION LAVISH SPENDING ON SUPER DOME VENUE MEETING
 
Compiled from Australian sources, with comments by Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy

Vastly Costly Monuments Glorifying Sai Baba

His splashy-colored and sometimes vast buildings rise up at enormous cost. Sathya Sai Baba’s exchequer owes to vast donations to his Central Trust via his powerful organisation spanning more than 150 countries, and not least to the donations of the extremely wealthy – like James Sinclair, James Sinclairthe Canadian cable and minerals magnate, Isaac Tigrett the American founder of the Hard Rock Café and House of Blues, the Rai family in India in steel and technology, and an astounding number of other hugely wealthy and influential individuals and families from many countries. Rediff News, July 06, 2005, reported:

“The Andhra Pradesh-based Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust is the largest recipient of foreign contributions. The Sathya Sai Trust received Rs 95 crore (Rs 950 million) during 2003-04″.

This figure – which is well over US $20 million – is but the officially declared one and does not account for contributions of those foreigners who donate when they are in India. One can observe how at Sathya Sai Baba’s establishments at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, and Whitefield, Karnataka, in South India, the Indian and foreign mega business fraternity swap business cards – within what devotees regard as the so-called Holiest of Holy precincts! – and thereafter mutually thrive. At the Puttaparthi temple, on June 6, 1993) police executions took place in Sai Baba’s bedroom, with his close proximity and command of the situation. See my article, at LINK, which contains a further link to a video clip of the BBC The Secret Swami television interview with former Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary V.P.B. Nair saying that the slaying was “absolute cold-blooded murder”).

It is easy to see that far wider national and international economic and political forces are at play, and that it is little wonder how successive Indian governments both State and Central have been loathe to ‘kill’ a goose that lays an incredible number of golden eggs.

Twin Palace. Sai Baba Lives Here

Efforts to Globalize Sathya Sai Baba with World Radio Station

Sai Baba controls with an iron hand the international Sathya Sai Organization. This powerful cult has been found by some of the world’s top media like the BBC, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and in other countries, as well as UNESCO, the U.S. State Department and other institutions to be extremely hard to investigate or act against. His second most senior aide is its deputy chairman, who, as head of Sai Global Harmony, is his ‘minister of propaganda’, Dr G. Venkataraman, one of the progenitors of India’s atomic bomb, as was Sai Baba’s previous close aide, the late Dr S. Bhagavantam – sometimes called ‘the father of the Indian atomic bomb’ – as was his present staunch devotee, the President of India, Dr A.J. P. Kalam, who writes flowery  panegyrics to Sai Baba, as did the last Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Sai Global Harmony broadcasts, in affiliation with WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service, 24/7 to many countries. With a behind-the-scenes corporate-style, assisted by the billions of funds that pour from many countries into the Sathya Sai Central Trust, the declared aim is to penetrate to every corner of the globe.

Government Inaction on Powerful Cults

A vital question will be whether politicians in democratic countries will be capable of distinguishing between the issue of freedom of religion and the issue of cults that decidedly do not, whatever may be their rhetoric, respect democracy.

Followers Believe Sathya Sai Baba Will Rule World

Former monstrous Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (about whom Sai Baba and G. Venkatarman have warmly recollected, See LINK) only imagined himself to be the ‘Last King of Scotland’ but Sai Baba takes all India for his domain, not to mention the world, which he has long said (it is one of his myriad of broken promises) he will travel to and bring to his feet, after he has “set (his) own back yard (India) in order” and before he dies in AD 2022. Given India’s enduring tragedy – despite her superpower aspirations – he had better get a bit of a wriggle on!

Poor Hearst, Jackson, Gates, Murdoch, et alia! For Sai Baba is an Emperor, who has Indian power brokers in his thrall irrespective of their party or religious affiliation. None – except a rare and tremendously courageous individual like B. Premanand, India’s famous “guru buster” – dare  take him on in India. See BBC story HERE.

For Successive Indian Governments, Sathya Sai Baba Is ‘goose that lays the golden eggs’

Indian local, central and state governments, often incredibly corrupt and incompetent, are able to watch while the more efficient Sai Baba and his massive organization get social welfare projects done. Drawn out of donations from some 150 foreign countries, his revenue is prodigious. India’s profoundly compromised ruling elites would no more sneeze at that country’s donations from Bill Gates, yet another of history’s outstanding buccaneers, than it would at the taxable revenue pouring into the Sathya Sai Central Trust.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
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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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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

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The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves ;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice ! …..

….. That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware ! Beware !
His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
Weave a circle round him thrice,

And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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