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Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 2, 2009

 

In case legal actions and/or media interest occur, Gerald Joe Moreno’s and the Sathya Sai Organization’s libels of many decent and upright members of wider (but former devotee) communities throughout the world, are being recorded. This is so, also, of material that Moreno takes off his Internet sites.

Gerald Moreno – Allied Covertly With Those Close To Sai Baba

Evidence of Gerald Moreno’s connections with those close to Sathya Sai Baba, such as the saibabaofindia.com consortium, as well as members of the Sathya Sai Organization in various countries, will be provided, should they require it, to bona fide media, scholarly and other investigators well-respected in the international community.

Astonishingly, Gerald Moreno’s main blogsite is entitled: Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love And Spirituality. By no token, whether by dictionary definition, by normative ethical categories or any other yardstick, could it be fairly said to be related to love and spirituality. There can be little doubt that Moreno himself has been tackled by some decent Sathya Sai Baba devotees. However, many (like most former devotees) stay well clear of controversy.

Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikipedia Editors

Wikipedia LogoGerald Moreno is a man whom no fewer than eight Wikipedia editors banned indefinitely from that encyclopedia. He was accompanied in this by his confederates Simon Brace and Moreno’s longtime confrere, the exceptionally foul-mouthed Lisa de Witt. For those interested in sublime love and deep spirituality, it will be edifying to go to this small selection of de Witt and Wisdom HERE.

Moreno and Dr G. Venkataraman have had a hard time reckoning with critical forces other than former devotees, too – for example, the investigations of organs such as the BBC, DR, Times of London, India Today, Salon.com, Azul TV, and major media in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc. Dr Venkataraman is Sai Baba’s deputy world chairman and head of Sai Global Radio (via WorldSpace). See my  Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman . And Robert Priddy’s Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno.  For Gerald Moreno and G.Venkataraman, in their profoundly attached and blind-faith idolising of Sathya Sai Baba, the equation works thus:  themselves – right. But the rest of the world (which Sai Baba has said that he will save in his own lifetime) – is wrong. The demons pictured by their minds are those who question Sai Baba and his cognition of himself as God come to rule the world. Indeed, the term ‘demons’ Sai Baba himself has used of his critics in his Christmas Discourse of 2000. See too Sathya Sai Baba – the spirit of Christmas.

Gerald Moreno’s Aggressive, Bullying and Demonizing Tactics 

 

For the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s account of Moreno’s repeatedly aggressive, brash, rude rule-flouting conduct in the editing of the Wikipedia article on Sathya Sai Baba, see Wikipedia, Moreno, Google. Once Shepherd (whose many works have earned respect in the world of scholars) spoke, he too was marked for Moreno’s strenuous attacks, full of inaccuracy and distortion. Moreno has a strong line in several directions:  a highly typical rush to judgement, name-calling, jeering, aggressive disparagement … He intensively attempts to link former devotees – who have spent all their lives free of such atrocious attitudes – as somehow condoning Christian fundamentalism, pornography, anti-Semitism … He brands his critics, variously, as “senile”, “half-senile”, “septuagenarians”, “ugly”, “bald headed”, with “deep wrinkles”… Anything he cannot understand or find an alternative commonsense interpretation for, he calls “lying”, “cheating”, “disinformation” …  There are his highly partial interpretations of his critic’s words and lives, setting up of  insulting graphic representations of some of his critics (which may remind one, for example, of an artifice of the Nazi Party in the case of the Jews and other targets) … His argumentative capabilities are often poor, although capable of engendering a populist following of Sai devotees who clutch at Moreno’s extravagantly-waved straws – a fact that gives him misleadingly ‘healthy’ looking statistics for his main blogsite.

Moreno As Populist Demon-Slaying Sai Baba Hero

Fifty million – of whatever the absurdly indemonstrable number of Sathya Sai Baba followers the Sathya Sai Organization may currently like to say the number of Sai Baba’s followers are – CAN indeed be wrong! Some of them are steadied by Moreno’s writings. These are Moreno’s flock. He slays the wolves all round. Perhaps, just like his hero, a pure gold throne should be reserved for him, and he can be carted about on a pure golden palanquin. Costly  gold statues and museums should be raised to him, and a vast pomp and ceremony lavished.

                                                                           Sathya Sai Baba Mounted In Pure Gold Spendour                   Is that Gerald Moreno mounted up there, or Sathya Sai Baba?

After all:  what better spiritual fare can there be than Moreno’s ‘Life, Love and Spirituality’? Let us all flock there … should we not?

Kevin Shepherd, British philosphy and religion scholar

Kevin Shepherd, British philosophy and religion scholar

 In the above-mentioned article, Kevin Shepherd, who has had no association with the Sathya Sai Organization nor friendship with critical commentators on Sathya Sai Baba, writes :

“The decision of the March 6th 2007 Wikipedia arbitration committee is documented at (HERE. ‘Wikipedia Requests For Arbitration’). This item contains the relevant clause that “Wikipedia is not a soapbox for propaganda or activist editing.” Earlier, in January 2007, Moreno had gained a reputation in Wikipedia for making personal attacks on other editors. Suspicions were confirmed when, after his ban, Moreno engaged in complaining webpages and other postings about Wikipedia. In general, the tendency of Moreno to personal attacks in his web harassment is acute, and ex-devotees have viewed this as a convenience for the evasive policy of Dr. Michael Goldstein, the presiding American supporter of Sathya Sai”.

It can safely be said that no self-respecting school teacher of clear thinking could award Moreno with other than a poor result. Sai Baba devotees who are teachers might well consider the terrible disrepute he is bringing to their Sathya Sai Organization. Moreno has repeatedly denied this nexus. In fact, certain prominent figures as well as rank-and-file members have supported him, and the longer he denies the evidence, the more difficulties he weaves for himself. Time will not treat him well.  

One of Moreno’s most constant resorts is argumentum ad hominem, attack upon persons instead of genuinely dealing with the issues: appealing to people’s emotions and prejudices instead of their ability to think ( formal )’. In the interests of keeping focus on matters of real substance about Sathya Sai Baba and his sect, and refusing to spend valuable time and energy in bothering to read his forever toxic and libelous outpourings, others and I have ignored Moreno’s attacks down many years. However, he has now attacked the family members or others associated with former devotees. See Robert Priddy post Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child . See too Alan Kazlev’s page Gerald “Joe” Moreno on Wikipedia, and refutation of his allegations against Robert Priddy

Kazlev, an Australian, for some time was partial to Moreno but, as is typical with the Moreno modus, Kazlev became, too, from virtually the moment he began to question Moreno, the target of Moreno’s sustained vitriol. Kazlev, who has written about what others have observed as a socio-pathic, or feelingless tendency recurrent right across Moreno’s writings, has noted in an extensive page tracing his, Kalev’s, history of experience with Moreno, notes:

“In all of Moreno’s thousands of pages, blog posts, personal attacks and so on, there is one thing that is very apparent. That is the utter humourlessness of all his pages and hundreds of thousands of words. Not one genuine joke, not one ray of humour or levity. Instead of genuine laughter, there is harsh mocking ridicule. Instead of laughing with you, he will laugh at you. Indeed, he is incabable of doing anything else”.

Still further, as I mentioned, Moreno has been found to have connections with those close to Sathya Sai Baba and other notable members of the Sathya Sai Organization. This is a decisive factor in Robert Priddy’s and my writing on an almost infinitisimally small part of Moreno’s vast and frequently nasty opus.

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Two important articles to read are by the Australian scholar in Bibliography and Linguistics, Brian Steel

Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue.

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

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Robert Priddy’s Blog Series Refuting  Gerald Joe Moreno

Gerald Moreno’s major lie about linking to exposé websites

Gerald Moreno’s fundamentalist Christian slur campaign

G.J. Moreno’s ’senile dementia’ slurs, avoidances & irrationality

Gerald Joe Moreno – untruth and lies

Gerald Moreno’s personal details removed from vishvarupa.com  

Joe Moreno’s schoolyard tit-for-tat attacks

‘Genital Oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba + video evidence

Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba

Gerald Moreno backs lying saboteur M. K. Yachendra

Joe Moreno admits he is a web impostor

More personal attacks by Gerald Joe Moreno

Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

Sathya Sai Baba’s front man on the Internet

Sathya Sai Baba Love, Light and Spirituality Exposed

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy

Sathyasaibaba in the shadows

Copyright infringements by sathyasaibaba

Gerald Joe Moreno (aka sathyasaibaba) dares not show his face. Why?

sathyasaibaba, Munchausen and sick fantasies

sathyasaibaba specious claims and self-defeating ‘arguments’

Cultic Labeling of Dissenters As “Disgruntled”. Sathya Sai Baba Case

Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

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

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Gerald Moreno and “oiling between the pubic area and the navel”

Joe Moreno as “sathyasaibaba” with smear campaign

Demon Slaying

Demon Slaying

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Susan Boyle. Unexpected Divine Chanteuse. Sweet 47.

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 17, 2009

‘Full many a gem of purest ray serene’ …

Divine British Singer Susan Boyle. Sweet 47. Never been Kissed

Divine British Nightingale Susan Boyle. Sweet 47. ‘Never been Kissed’ (Though Ms Boyle, given to country humour, said later that this was a joke’)

Judgementalism on the grounds of a person’s body shape, place of origin, social status, and so on, is, course, one of humanity’s most destructive tendencies. Is there a profound lesson to be learnt by every one of us? In a few moments, I shall come to the wondrous Susan Boyle, from a small village in West Lothian, Scotland, U.K., whose triumphant performance on ITV1 in UK in April 2009 would, I should think, make many of you weep freely and give her a standing ovation in your heart. May already have done so, because she has now been heard by tens of millions of people around the world.

Ms Boyle’s story inescapably reminded me of the lines of the English poet, Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Thomas Gray. A Favourite English Poet

Thomas Gray. A Favourite English Poet

in his poem ‘Elegy written in a Country Churchyard’:

Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”

And I thought, too, of the stark lines in Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Chelsea Hotel’:

Leonard Cohen. Ever Loved Singer-Songwriter

Leonard Cohen. Ever Loved Singer-Songwriter

“for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music”.

Some lines of Ms Boyle’s song – ‘I had a dream’ from Les Miserables – English lyrics by

Herbert Kretzmer, Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer, Lyricist

– deepen yet futher such a theme and its resonance for us:

“But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame”

I shall come to Ms Boyle in few moments. Her moments will last forever …

NOTE:  Those who came to this blog in regard to Susan Boyle may like now simply to go down to the section highlighted in green

Judgementalism and Discrimination

Scarcely hours before I had the beatific priviledge of viewing the Susan Boyle footage, I had been musing on the topic of judgementalism on the grounds of (supposed) physical appearance.

Gerald Moreno – allied with key individuals close to Sathya Sai Baba – e.g., the saibabaofindia.com consortium – and involved in extreme defaming one after another of many around the world who have called for proper third party investigation, and raised terribly serious questions about Sai Baba and core leaders of his worldwide Sathya Sai Organization, has this to say:

“Let us see if Barry Pittard looks any better than Sathya Sai Baba does (according to one email source, his face is heavily and deeply wrinkled, his head is mostly bald and he is physically unattractive). Barry Pittard also collects a disability pension (the details of which are fanatically guarded secrets) and shows all the signs of old age. Despite this fact, Barry Pittard hypocritically points out faults in a much younger-looking Sai Baba! Barry Pittard sounds more intent on revenge & ridicule than he does on “justice”.

This piece of high spiritual felicity appears on Gerald Moreno’s ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love & Spirituality’  blog, which fairly bursts with content that surely no genuine Sai Baba follower could ever regard as embodying Sai Baba’s teachings on life, love and spirituality whatsoever.

Barry Pittard, of course, does not – as does Sathya Sai Baba – claim that he will not age or that he is, and will forever be, the fullest incarnation of God to appear on the earth. Or that he will save the entire the world before he dies circa 2022.

Strangely, Moreno published a photograph which he most mistakenly claimed to be of me with my son, whom he disgracefully named. This action, he has continued, with his customary spurious logic of a sort that will long continue to mar his work, to justify. The photo was in fact of her model! There is not a wrinkle to be seen, not a luxuriant hair out of place. He carries some other child not known to me.

Moreno set up a series of stratagems to divert business away from the company which she, with great courage, integrity and hard work has built up. He justified his misconduct by arguing from dates that he has entirely misinterpreted. It is his typical practice. Take a fact, or alleged fact, and spin it with hostile intent.

But can Moreno, at all, be referring to the fine creature I see before me in my never-cracking mirror each morning? Might this gentle critic have got me mixed up with the Elephant Man?

Sathya Sai Baba Has Said That He Will Not Age After His Sixtieth Birthday

But of course, pointing to Sai Baba’s present physical condition is entirely proper comment. It is known to many devotees and former devotees alike that he said that, after his 60th birthday, he would not age. It is but one of his many unfulfilled prophecies – impossible for Moreno or anyone to refute. See:

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises

Behold Gerald Joe Moreno’s Ageless Idol

…  the “much younger-looking Sai Baba”

“Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces … I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause). There is not a single wrinkle on My face”. Sanathana Sarathi, October, 2002.

Usually, elderly people don’t have their hair dyed, either, but go along with nature’s inevitable processes.

Sathya Sai Baba Video. Too Weak To Cut Birthday Cake

Sathya Sai Baba Continues To Ail

Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away.

The Magnificent Susan Boyle

Now to Susan Boyle, the British television video of whom will, I think, give you some wonderful moments of genuine life, love and spirituality. I rather suspect some will want to download the footage and keep it as a treasure. There are some versions on the Internet which do not include the extra minutes. But the off-stage moments, the many revealing shots of the audience and judges AND her singing of  ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Miserables are all to be savoured in the YouTube version, see below. No doubt many parents and teachers will use it in educating their charges on the issue of judgements and stereotypes. Not too much use doing that unless we educate ourselves, first.

A Cry For Blood Is Not A Far Cry Away From A Cry From The Heart

And then to drive the question, first, to ourselves and then to our societies: What supposing Ms Boyle had not triumphed in her song?! Are we some frenzied mob at the athenaeum-bear pit-meatmarket? Are we forever to cooperate with the forces that only allow ‘glamorous’ figures and faces to appear on stage and in videos and movies?

“I’m going to make that audience rock”.

Did you ever see a standing ovation like this one? Was there anything that did not tell against her?

Unless it was her cheeky and absolutely justified self-confidence. With her radiant naturalness and marvelous self-purpose, seconds before going on stage, the Divine Ms Boyle says, “I’m going to make that audience rock”.  At first, the audience and the judges barely prevented themselves from falling over.

Wave on wave of scorn, disbelief, judgementalism, ageism and cynicism crashed towards her. For no better reason than the profound brainwashing of all of us by the movie, fashion and advertizing industries and other forces of human immaturity and oppression.

There were her age, her bodyshape, her dress sense (or lack of it), her … um … primal hairdo, her el cheapo neck chain, her humble village origins. Her whole self, as she purposely strode onto the stage, stood against the stereotype of success, whether on stage or in (so-called) ‘real life’ at large. Moments before going on-stage she even grabbed a bit of a sandwich – white bread and all!

In the video, note audience’s and judges’ air of barely concealed cynicism, disbelief, patronisation, and judgementalism. And then, from the first moments of her opening her mouth to sing – the powerful wave of change … Or rather, of transformation. Our transformation. She is already transformed, having duteously served her sick mother over the years, and became love in the village which, too, gave her life.

All mockers are confronted by their good angel. Dressed like it is thought that angels don’t dress.

Judging and Self-judging

In the moments after Susan Boyle has sung in her crowning triumph, the judges – Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, and Piers Morgan – variously make comments such as:

“We were all being very cynical. That was the greatest wake-up call – ever!”

“Without a doubt, this is the biggest surprise I have had in the three years of doing this show”.

“The biggest ‘Yes’ I have given anybody”

Widetrends reports:  Susan Boyle is also being lined up for an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show which would give her the chance of a number one album in the US”.

Here are the responses of two children to whose lovely responses on the Susan Boyles video segment I was privy, and wrote down verbatim straight after:

6-year old girl

Adult: Why did all the people laugh at the lady when she walked on stage?

Girl: Because she is fat they think she can’t sing, and they don’t want her to be on the stage.

Adult: Why did the people change their mind?

Girl: Because she sang so beautifully.

9 year old boy

Adult: What did you reckon about the lady?

Boy: She’s not scared. She didn’t care what the people thought, she walked fastly and stood straight.

The Divine Ms Boyle. Coming World, Ready Or Not

The Divine Ms Boyle. Coming World, Ready Or Not

Source: YouTube. 2009. To view, click on photo

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General

Excerpt From Public Petition

(Note: The above articles contextualizes. Or 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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Hasty Cover Up Of Sai Baba ‘No bombs in India’ Blunder

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 7, 2008

Robert Priddy, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway, predicted that Sai Baba’s deeply flawed statement (see below) would, once the egregious blunder was recognised, be quickly removed from the Internet. He was right, as he has observed on his blogsite at:

http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com

Sathya Sai Baba’s omniscient-sounding statement is one not only falsified by the terrorist attacks on Mumbai – in which many destructive detonations inside the hotels (in short, bombs, which some pro Sai Baba forces would appear to wish away) occurred quite apart from the guns and grenades that were so horrifically used – but also a long string of bombings in India by terrorists of various hues.

 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Extraordinary, False Prediction

“India is the only place where people are not worried about any attacks.  In America , Germany and other countries, they cant eat well or sleep well. There is fear of bombs always in those countries. But in India, there is no fear of bombs. India will never have any such attacks.” Sathya Sai Baba 22-10-2008.

 

Increasing Unreality Of Some Sathya Sai Baba’s Statements

There is an unreality in Sai Baba’s pronouncements – as there has been in a serious of statements in more recent years, suggesting some degenerative disease. See:

 

Sai Baba-A Degenerative Disease?

 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away
Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions

Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore

When ‘Divine’ Magnetism Becomes A Dead Weight

BUT – There Have Been Many Bomb Blasts!

Below is the sadly all-too-revealing Indian cartoon that illustrates the folly of Sai Baba’s statements about the amazing safety of India and the sleeplessness, gastric detonations and general chaos “in America, Germany and other countries”.

When the cult’s charismatic leader is so confused in ways difficult to cover up, it is little wonder that his apologists go to such procrustian lengths in – vainly! – attempting to make him look good – as in the Hans Christian Anderson fable of the emperor with no clothes. Bombs are no longer bombs – unless seen as lotus bombs of his Amazing Grace. Common words stretch heavenwards to some esoteric meaning – except, of course, when the cult leader’s statements turn out correct in the world of the straightforward or in the world of good guesswork. Then there is great devotee rejoicing, and dancing in the streets. Even if real bombs are going off. Even if words sometimes mean what they mean and sometimes don’t mean what they mean …

Robert Priddy’s Accurate (and non-mystical) Prediction

In his article Sathya Sai Convocation Discourse 2008 cut down. Posted by robertpriddy on December 3, 2008, he writes:

There is no doubt that Sathya Sai Baba said the above in his discourse on 22nd November, 2008 – even though the paragraph has been removed from the posting of the discourse on the official site (http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/83-birthday/convocation_DD_22112008.htm).

He adds:

Further the blog site:  sathyasaibaba-life-love-spirituality.wordpress.com, mendaciously claims to give the “full text” but only contains a foreshortened version!

The same paragraph which was so embarrassing that the official Sai website and the main Sai blogsite removed it surreptitiously was reported verbatim in a post at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saibabaofindia/message/14926

saibabaofindia woke up and cut out the huge blunder

(Cover-up by saibabaofindia.com)

Posted by robertpriddy on December 5, 2008

Priddy points out that saibabaoindia.com (an unofficial ‘front’ composed of those closely associated with official Puttaparthi) has:

also removed their web page in which they rashly posted what Sai Baba said only days before the Mumbai terror attacks. (The have reposted the Convocation address without the blunder, and on another different URL.

Further Reading

Related posts at

Sathya Sai Baba’s divine foresight on terrorism

Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2008

https://barrypittard.wordpress.com

Barry Pittard at Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

Shivraj Patil Falls From Home Ministry

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 2, 2008

Breaking NEWS. A major follower of Sathya Sai Baba, has resigned as India’s Home Minister.

Grave questions have been asked about the competence of Patil and others who were meant to be guarding India’s security.

“No fear of bombs” in India, Said Sai Baba a Week Before Mumbai Terrorist Attack

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 1, 2008

Mumbai Nightmare. Much Love To India At This Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 29, 2008

Many from India,

Mumbai Tragedy. The heart is sore for those who have been afflicted

Mumbai Tragedy. The heart is sore for those who have been afflicted

and those of Indian origin who live elsewhere in the world, come daily to this blogsite.

General

The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire


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