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Is Sathya Sai Organization ‘Education’ Really Education?

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 25, 2011

There are many means by which the Sathya Sai Organization spreads its influence in communities throughout the world.  In regard to education, one is in-house, and introduces children of Sai devotees to the major world faiths, but emphasises primary faith in Sathya Sai Baba as God fully incarnate on earth at this time, and living in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh South India.

On the other hand, it seeks to gain admissions to schools wherever it can, where its devotees take a highly packaged, stripped down, re-vamped version of the program, in which Sathya Sai Baba is not promoted. This is called its secular EHV (Education in Human Values) initiative.

But getting children to think to a purpose, and to become confident in their own self processes, rather than indoctrinating them is among the most vital requirements of this or any other time. For those interested in seeking another approach to values education, this video clip is, I think, worth looking at as a challenge to hard-held ideas about getting kids involved in passionate and meaningful discussions about ethical values.

That is to say, we need to unfold an emphasis on stimulating independent ethical thinking and enquiry, rather than imposing received religious or philosophical systems of one kind or another. Teaching how to think, rather than what to think. And fostering feelingful, mutual acceptance, rather than mere toleration.

See:  Special Ethics Education in NSW primary schools (Australia)

See also:  Three Died After Putting Their Faith In Guru

Source: The Times.  Monday August 27, 2001 Page: 3 Edition: 4M
Byline: Dominic Kennedy.

Quote from this article –

Sai Baba’s message is being preached in more than 500 British schools through charities which claim to provide non-denominational education in “human values”.

Tom Sackville, a former Home Office Minister, last night urged the Government to take decisive action to warn teachers and pilgrims of the dangers of becoming involved with Sai Baba. The guru’s reputation is plummeting after the United Nations cancelled a conference at his headquarters, issuing a condemnation of his alleged sex abuse of youths and boys.

Unicef pulled out of a conference it was due to sponsor with the guru’s educational organisation in Puttaparthi last September.

The UN’s cultural agency issued a trenchant statement: “The organisation is deeply concerned about widely reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that have been levelled at the leader of the movement in question, Sathya Sai Baba.

“Whilst it is not for Unesco to pronounce itself in this regard, the organisation restates its firm moral and practical commitment to combating the sexual exploitation of children, in application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires states to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and violence.”

In hundreds of British schools, Sai Baba-influenced educational programmes on “human values” are currently being promoted as part of the National Curriculum. The Charity Commission met the trustees of one of the educational charities involved, the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Trust UK, last year and “found no concerns”, a spokesman said.

Mr Sackville, chairman of the anti-cult organisation Fair (Family Action Information and Resource), said that he had successfully intervened to persuade a girls’ school to reject a Sai Baba-inspired course.

“Schools are not on their guard because at official level they are not given any steer,” Mr Sackville said.

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Further Reading

e-mail exchanges between former Head of Sathya Sai Moscow Centre and EHV in Russia, Serguei Badaev, and Ms. Madhava Majmudar, Sai devotee and Education in Human Values propagator in Scotland

UNESCO conference without UNESCO 

Sathya Sai Baba Human Values – EHV and Educare

A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 4

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General

 Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)

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

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

 

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The Late Leo Boogaard: A Dutch Voice of Conscience On Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 13, 2009

Many individuals who have led lives of dedicated service, both in the Sathya Sai Organization and well beyond it, have left Sai Baba for the most prinicipled reasons.  In a moment, I shall come to the case of the former leader of the Dutch organization, Leo Boogaard.

The ruthless and unconscienable manner in which Sathya Sai Baba’s foremost servitors have treated members who have dared to question has led to further serious erosion of the Sathya Sai Organization membership. This cruel and authoritarian behaviour of officials has been, in itself, an important factor in the exposure of the cultic nature of the Sathya Sai Baba sect. It is as though their heavy-handedness is a sort of explosive device that blows up in their own faces.

I have written, for example, of the terrible treatment which the former Australian organizational head T.Sri Ramananthan meted out to the then South Australian spiritual coordinator Stephen Carthew:

Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

Carthew’s account is available in his:

Letter from Stephen Carthew 

 and the European head Thorbjorn Meyer’s similarly soviet-style treatment of Serguei Badaev, when the latter was president of the Sathya Sai Organization’s Moscow center,  deputy national coodinator, and coordinator of the national Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV)

Sathya Sai Baba Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia

Badaev’s account is found in his:

Story of My Disqualification

In like manner, Thorbjorn Meyer sacked yet another widely-loved leader, (the late) Leo Boogaard, who was the chairman of the Dutch Sathya Sai Organization until 1984

Boogaards   

Former cofounder and head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway, Robert Priddy has paid tribute to his old friend:

Robert Priddy writes:

“Leo Boogaard  was the Chairman of the Dutch Sathya Sai Organization in 1984, but he was sacked by the Central Coordinator Thorbjorn Meyer because he refused to exclude certain groups of Indian and Sri Lankan devotees from the organization who did not follow Meyer’s strict rules. Meyer replaced him with one of his cronies. Later, when re-election for the post was eventually arranged, Leo was voted in by a large majority against Thorbjørn  Meyer’s opposition by Dutch devotees …

Leo told me on several occasions in the 1990s of the Dutch Organization’s attempts to get a more sensible set of guidelines and teaching methods accepted on Education in Human Values in the Sathya Sai Organization. Meyer wanted to determine everything himself (a man who had no pedagogical qualifications and was a tough manipulator of people), so the self-defeating policy he pursued was retained. Among Meyer’s “achievements” was the signal failure of a projected Sathya Sai College and ‘Educare’ programme under his leadership which was to be at Arresødal Castle in Copenhagen was rejected by a public protest movement! The US financed 6 million dollar project had to be abandoned! Leo Boogaard left the Sathya Sai Organization and later renounced Sathya Sai Baba too”.

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Further Resources

‘BILD’ Story. “Guru Wants Sex” (Sathya Sai Baba)

Given to ‘Bild’, Germany’s highest circulated magazine – the testimony of a German husband and wife, Jens and Gurprit Sethi.  After naively sharing their account while still at the ashram, the Sethis say there were serious threats from the ashram heavies, after which they fled the Puttaparthi ashram. Circa 2000, Jens Sethi, was particularly active in giving direct testimony of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of himself. He made sworn testimony (a copy of which I have). Before leaving India, the Sethi’s went to the German Embassy in New Delhi. The first German official was open and sypathetic, showing knowledge that this was not the first time he had heard of such abuses related to Sathya Sai Baba, but the next step of the Embassy was to close up on the matter, which other individuals have also found to be the case when they gave testimony in their own countries. Jens Sethi also made detail report to the German police. Again, the sympathy – and, finally, no action. Officials in each country say:  but what can we do? We know through impeccable sources (available to the media, bona fide scholars, etc) that the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have been told not to “rock the boat with India” in matters appertaining to Sathya Sai Baba.

Searing true testimony about Sathya Sai Baba abuse (the case of Hans de Kraker, Australia, who was for a number of years in charge of the Western Canteen at Puttaparthi. Article by Robert Priddy)

Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion (including Terry Gallagher case –  Gallagher investigated extensively, and, in consequence, resigned as leader of the Sathya Sai Organization, Australia)

Sathya Sai Baba Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia

David Bailey and Thomas Wiehe. Transcript Of Phone Link: Sathya Sai Abuses

Truth In Action: David and Faye Bailey Vs Sathya Sai Baba

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The Sathya Sai Organizations Treatment of the Rahm Family

Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America.  Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family (Al Rahm was one of the foremost of top leaders in the SS Org.) and:

Al Rahm’s explanatory letter and:

Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America

Further Interconnected Articles

Dr Naresh Bhatia. Silenced Now In Indian Child Abuse Scourge

Some prominent ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba

Smear Campaign against critics of Sathya Sai Baba

Dissent From Guru Cults Draws Slander and Harassment

Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action

On Disinformation and Internet Vandalism

Wikipedia Issues and Sathya Sai Baba (By the Independent British writer on religion and philosophy Kevin R.D. Shepherd)

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General

Barry Pittard’s comments in regard to the Public Petition) -:

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2009

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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