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Note From Former Lecturer To An Enquirer About Sathya Sai Education

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 6, 2011

Since about 1999, former devotees’ replies to enquirers have been a great many. My closest colleagues and I go out of our way to assist those who enquire with courtesy.

It seems very right to ignore those who are offensive. Why – when one has invested so many years in striving to pursue a decent and humane path – fall to the display of hatred and anger that has all too often reached our inboxes?

The below email response which I have just sent to an enquirer is typical in tone and purpose to many that former devotees have, for many years, spent time and care in responding to enquirers.

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Dear ……..,

Thank you for writing to my blogsite.

I may suggest that, in matters so serious as your education, you feel welcome to share this email with your parents and any elders within your extended family or circle of mentors whom you feel that you can approach for wise guidance. I am happy to answer any questions they may wish to put.

I don’t know whether you read further into my blogsite at:  https://barrypittard.wordpress.com . I also recommend the blogsite of the longtime former head of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Robert Priddy, a retired academic of the University of Oslo, Norway: http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com

There are other outstanding and highly senior leaders, too, who have resigned – after proper and scrupulous investigation of primary sources (families and young men from countries around the world) – from the Sathya Sai Organization.

It is extremely hard for devotees to credit the integrity of those many former devotees who have investigated the serious allegations against Sathya Sai Baba, and, I must quickly add, certain of his servitors, including some teachers. I myself lectured for two years at the Whitefield college (1978-9), and was deeply devoted to Sathya Sai Baba for twenty-five years.

In 1999, after very careful investigation that extended around the world, the evidence of sexual abuse against boys and young men, and other great wrongdoing was utterly compelling. Some of the investigation was by outstandingly qualified sexual abuse professionals, who have long stood ready to testify in any properly accountable legal jurisdiction.

The truth remains that many of those who have left the Sathya Sai Organisation have done so on the highest moral and ethical principles. They have exercised the same standards that have, all along, been seen in them in their professions, trades and wider communities.

No amount of vilification can change the actions of those renowned for telling the truth and practising righteous principles. We have remained within integrity no matter that some Sai devotees have often and cruelly attacked and libeled us, on and off the internet.

Nothing can equal the sense of inner strength that comes from fearless assertion of truth and right conduct, no matter what the odds.

My best wishes to you,

Barry Pittard, Australia. Former lecturer at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield.

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The Mystification of Sathya Sai Baba Devotees

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 30, 2011

Recently,  Sathya Sai Baba devotees have suffered terrible shocks. To devotees with any reasoning capabilities intact, no amount of Sathya Sai Central Trust’s spin-doctoring will do.  It is little wonder that some leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization with more developed democratic tendencies have long fell foul of those such as Indulal Shah. The difficulty here was always there was the thought that Shah and other leaders, however autocratic and unpleasant their manner, were, after all, but mouth-pieces for Sathya Sai Baba. Little did they know …..

Many followers were forced to consider that those servitors, handpicked by Sathya Sai Baba himself, have been party to extremely unaccountable, poor explanations surrounding his sickness and death. They learn, if they did not already know, or else had forgotten, that he foretold that he would die circa 2022 AD. It could not be lost on at least some devotees that many of his prophecies and promises did not materialise. Such anomalies were many.

In the extraordinary confusion of the recent events, the Central Trust tried to explain matters away. However (most sensibly from their point of view) they quickly reverted to their old ruse of saying nothing, and occasionally almost nothing.

What happens commonly with psychological trauma happens, of course, with Sai Baba followers, too. The victims go into psychological denial more intense than they have ever experienced.  After ignoring the extensive documentation of former devotees and other critics of Sai Baba for over a decade, devotees at last got to learn of Sathya Sai Baba’s incredible secrecy, and that of his leaders.

To be sure, what former devotees and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba did not know was the incredible hoarding of billions in various currencies and gold, silver and precious gems, and many luxury goods, the latter of which have been mouldering away in a manner not entirely unlike, I have suggested, poor Miss Havisham’s circumstances in Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’: When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 24, 2011

The events leading up to Sai Baba’s death, the death itself, and the aftermath of infighting about the succession by his chief servitors, became known throughout India – namely, Satyajit (alias Yatish Salian, Sai Baba’s longtime paramour and favourite), V. Srinivasan, and R.J.Ratnakar

Satyajit (Yatish Salian), Sathya Sai Baba Favorite

about all of whom there is much mystification among many Sathya Sai Baba devotees. See:  Sathya Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar – Long Police Interrogation. Intensive Investigations Continue. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011.

The events were so newsworthy that a media which – unlike the international press to whom a number of us long ago convinced of the worthiness of our accounts of Sathya Sai Baba  -  has almost entirely to the last press baron failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his authoritarian cult.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar, Sai Baba’s Nephew. Effective Sai Trust Supremo.

Here is the earlier type of presentation that Ratnakar would now clearly like the public to forget all about. It is a statement a prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of Management,V.Srinivasan, chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India, made on the same day as the Central Trust made its tediously waffling major public statement, couched verbatim, in this portion, in both cases:  

“In the light of baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that the accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed these have been engineered by certain vested interests”. (Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST).

Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba Scandal: View RJ Ratnakar’s Body Language In NDTV Interview On Sai Trust ‘Transparency’. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 29, 2011

NOTE:  Writers on the Sathya Sai saga, like Robert Priddy, Brian Steel and myself have long exposed the tissues of lies that Sai Trust officials spin to devotees at large and to others. But what devotees were prepared to use their critical faculties in the least? Very few indeed. Against all their knowledge down the years that we were not (as Sai Baba said of us)Demons’, ‘Judases’, and that we had paltry money motives, they mindlessly preferred to listen to the deceitful avowals of leaders such as Indulal Shah, Dr Michael  Goldstein – see: Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips), Dr G. Venkataraman, and so on – see:Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

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Rank-and-file Sathya Sai Organization Members Are Also Culpable

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 22, 2011

Each of us is responsible for his or her own actions. Irrespective of any mitigating circumstances.

If ever there were a time for the introspection Sai Baba himself advocated that his devotees should do, it is now. He, moreover, taught that they should not become attached to his form. Or his miracles. And yet here, precisely, is the devotees’ great stumbling blog. They do not do what he asked them to do. And, of course, he did not do what he asked THEM to do. 

From many countries worldwide, those who left Sathya Sai Baba and his charismatic cult have had to face at least three major torments:  The first was shock. For some, the shock was particularly acute. Namely, for the survivors of his -  and in some cases, his trusted aides’ – sexual and other abuses. Certain of his college and university teachers were among the perpetrators of these abuses. Because of the tenacity – and financial means – of a family in which two boys were the sexual abuse survivors, one of these (so-called ‘teachers’) has been stopped in his tracks.

Then came the grieving. One of the tormenting dilemmas was that of parents who, having investigated the accounts of their own or of others devotee families stricken by the abuses, were left with the situation of having young children and other family or friends who still worshipped and adored Sathya Sai Baba.

A group of us, including very qualified sexual abuse therapists, addressed a number of tasks. One of the first needs was to attempt to alert and warn. Commencing in 1999, this we did via former devotee networks, hoping (naively, as it appears to me in retrospect) that devotees would heed those who had long been respected workers (some of them, very high-profile leaders) in the international Sathya Sai Baba organization. We made extensive, high level representations to the foreign services in various countries, to UNESCO, Interpol, various institutions which the Sathya Sai Baba Organization had begun to forge links, and to the international media.

Some former devotees were fortunate to have supportive friends and colleagues.  There was, inevitably, the struggle to maintain efficiency in one’s family, professional and social life. Those who were retired had, in some ways, an advantage, for they were able to do the inner processing of grief. This group had also faced many of life’s other struggles, and from it emerged those who were able to bring insight and maturity to others who were younger and often without the deeper perspective or, indeed, being hamstrung by studies or a young family to raise etc., the time in which to process the grieving.

In recent months many devotees themselves now question the behavior of officials on the Sathya Sai Central Trust. Not only have they had to face the death of their ‘God’ – years before the time he foretold. They have had to acknowledge that he had secretly hoarded in his sealed-off living quarters, vast billions in various currency, along with huge caches of precious gold, stones and other luxury items. This has received enormous coverage in the major media in India, and some internationally.  Among devotees, there is now deep concern about officials on the Sathya Sai Central Trust. Some are believed to have acted well, and others badly, and even criminally.

Many Sai Baba Devotees Now Know About The Untrustworthy Sathya Sai Central Trust.

For over a decade, we have said that there was a sore need for accountability, transparency and duty of care. Devotees ignored and reviled us, showing nothing of the truth, right conduct, peace and love that they forever speak about. They abandoned, as did he, their teacher’s admonition to ‘help ever, hurt never’. They continued to worship and support one who allowed to be erected all around him the symbols of imperial splendour. They knew there were countless anomalies, failed prophecies, failed promises of healing, failed undertakings to give their children a place in his college ….

They knew that many of his leaders were nasty, autocratic, ego-tripping bullies. Some knew of apartments’ scandals, and that officials in his front office were deaf to the pleas of those who had been duped out of money they had paid for the apartments. Many knew (and would only whisper among themselves about) that there have been cover ups of accidental deaths, suspicious deaths, suicides, and the killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s private quarters in 1993. Some relate cases of brutality, including those exercised against college students.

The chances are that many of these culpable devotees will forever succeed in hiding their shame. But it is the duty of others to remind them of their responsibilities as citizens and as human beings with any claim to having a heart.

One does not even hear the word “Sorry” from them – for all their so-called righteousness.

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Further Reading

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

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

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

(Late) Ron and Peggy Laing: Deeply Alienated From Sathya Sai Organization

Top UK Sathya Sai Organization leaders left Sathya Sai Baba

Letter from Stephen Carthew

Letter from Stephen Carthew

New Zealand Lawyer Exposes Official Cover Up of Killings In Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom

Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

Dr Naresh Bhatia. Silenced Now In Indian Child Abuse Scourge

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Clarity – The Treasure Sathya Sai Baba Denied His Devotees

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 2, 2011

There is nothing quite like clarity.

Here is an excellent English-language Indian television report. It is good to see ordinary people who live and work in Puttaparthy being mined for their views. They have large concerns about the veracity of Sathya Sai Central Trust officials. My reader might like to look at the far more convincing body language at the interviewees in the streets of Puttaparthi, than of Sathya Sai Central Trust officials:

Sai Baba Trust money: Puttaparthi wants clarity

(For this NDTV report, click on title above or on photo below)

Puttaparthi citizens have grave trust issues about Sai Central Trust

In the archives of various movements of dissent against authoritarian cults, there is, perhaps, nothing that so frequently recurs and obscures clarity like bad old-fashioned blindness to the testimony of those who have raised their voices. Dissenters almost get used to the strong tendency to fallacious argument, or else the refusal to study any writing which remotely questions the adherents’ rigid belief system.

Until citizens suffer – very often from the involvement of their children or close friends in cults – they themselves have another sort of blindness. It is a perilous naiveté. Clearly, the time to address a threat to civil society is at that stage one may call ‘the Weimar Republic Stage’. Otherwise, in worst case scenarios a Hitler arises and holds sway. Even a little blindness can make people stumble.

Sathya Sai Baba devotees may try all they like to avert their devotion-steeped gaze from all the scandal revelations of the last weeks. First, Sai Baba died in a year very different to his widely known prediction of AD 2022. Then came official Sathya Sai websites carrying Procrustean, mangled and fallacious attempts to confuse issues about Lunar and Solar calendar dates. The ‘reasoning’ was so flawed that an alert high school student in clear-thinking exercises could rebut the poor logic, and spot how Sai Baba officials conveniently depart from the usual calendar reckonings in Sai literature.

Soon, the world was treated to reports about the opening of Sai Baba’s rooms, from which he had, it is said, barred all but his paramour, Satyajit, his favoured successor. Lo, dazzling riches enough to make old King Midas or Croesus don their darkest sunglasses.

The next days brought repeated finds of vast hidden treasures. The state police and government were involved, and we saw clear public proof of false and contradictory statements by Sai Central Trust officials. This was exposed in newspapers and television for millions in India to see. There were vast millions in various currencies. Heavy loadings of gold, silver, precious gems. Out-of-date choice foods, and luxury goods mouldered away. 

In regard to putrescence, I was reminded of the decaying mansion of Miss Haversham in Charles Dickens’ novel, “Great Expectations”. See: When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard

     

   Sai Dharmak.  

Sai Baba’s vast, secret treasure and rotting luxury food items hid behind external opulence

So much for Sathya Sai Baba’s and his officials historic claims that he never accumulated wealth and, moreover that “every naya paisa” is accounted for.

“For my sake (believe it or not) do not spend a naya paisa. Though 56 years have passed, I have not got even one shirt or gown stitched for Me. I am now wearing what is given by a student…” (Sathya Sai Speaks Volume XV. page 312.)

“Right from a tender age, I never received anything from others. I only give and give and give, I never receive.”
(Sanathana Sarathi October 1998, page 275)

Soon after the Yajur Mandir haul, large amounts of currency were transported, under great secrecy, with the full knowledge of the ashram’s head of security, Pradhan, from Puttaparthi in a van and a passenger bus. This lead to police arrests of the couriers – (See newpaper report below) Harish Nandasetty, who was caught carrying Rs 35.5 lakh in a Toyota Qualis at Kodikonda checkpost on Saturday night, before Hindpur Judicial First Class Magistrate Kamalakar Naidu. He was remanded in judicial custody till June 27 and the seized cash was handed over to the court. The other two – Chandrasekhar and Sohan Setty – were also produced before the magistrate and were remanded in judicial custody”.  Questioned for many hours were the Trust’s V. Srinivasan and R.J. Ratnakar (Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew). Has my reader noticed how it is the lower ranks who mostly get copped, and not the Mr Bigs?

Darkness still surrounds the issue about the money found on the bus, its original ownership and eventual destination or how such money can be moved about without accountability to any government authority, such as Inland Revenue. Or indeed any typical arrangement like an armoured security vehicle, with trained and armed security personnel. Or why such huge amounts were in cash and not in cheque form, as stated hitherto by the Trust. Commandeered Puttaparthi records themselves disproved the Trust’s story about donations by 12 donors.

No matter that the van and bus episodes came right on the heels of the discovery of many millions in currency and the gold, silver, precious gemstones and many other valuables that abounded in hiding places in Sai Baba’s private quarters, Ratnakar constantly harped, amid smiles of reassurance, on the transparency issue, when all the evidence argued an appalling lack of transparency and the biggest of messes. Ratnakar is the man who has worked to prevent Sai Baba’s favourite, Satyajit, from leadership of the Trust.

Trust public statements are now very few and ever more highly sanitized. A snippet on the heels of over five hours of police questioning Ratnakar got out in only one newspaper, as far as my internet searches could find. Other bulletins said how he gave no interview following his “grilling”. Then came news that Srinivasan gave no statement immediately after his five hours plus of police “grilling”. I search in vain for any since. At the time, I wrote:

“But how does one explain Trust workers clandestinely moving – in a van and in a bus – such vast amounts? In fact, right on the heels of the discovery of multi millions of cash, gemstones and other valuables secreted in walls and ceiling spaces and wherever else in Sai Baba’s bedroom? One may smile at the sheer gall, if not the dark arts of it all. Who are these donors? If the donations were genuine, what sort of security did they get for all their no doubt hard-earned money? An armoured vehicle? Nothing of the sort. Just the two Trust agents, the brothers Shetty,  one in a Qalis van, the other, at a different time, in a passenger bus.

Where, too, has gone any semblance of the Sathya Sai Central Trust’s duty of care for the safety of life and limb of its  workers on a money transportation assignment fraught with danger? This, in an area with trained eyes not only of individual criminals, criminal gangs, and private armies of feudal landlords but of ubiquitous, highly organized, armed political struggle groups such as the Naxalites (with countless splinter groups), the so-called Peoples’ War Group or PWG, etc. Many police and security authorities complain of the emasculation by Andhra Pradesh state politicians of state security and police cadres capable of action, and the pipe dream of thinking that negotiation and accommodation are going to work.

Why the earlier Trust assertions that donations are dealt with by cheque? Why such vast amounts of loose cash? Where is the accountability and transparency in all this?”

Writers on the Sathya Sai saga, like Robert Priddy, Brian Steel and myself have long exposed the tissues of lies that Sai Trust officials spin to devotees at large and to others. But what devotees were prepared to use their critical faculties in the least? Very few indeed. Against all their knowledge down the years that we were not (as Sai Baba said of us) ‘Demons’, ‘Judases’, and that we had paltry money motives, they mindlessly preferred to listen to the deceitful avowals of leaders such as Indulal Shah, Dr Michael  Goldstein – see: Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips), Dr G. Venkataraman, and so on – see:Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

                 From the Telegraph, Calcutta article “Open Sesame! Baba and his chamber of secrets”

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The India Daily

Puttaparthi: Prashanti Nilayam CSO arrested

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Yajurveda Mandir Yajur Mandir V Srinivasan Satya Sai Baba Sathya Sai Central Trust members Sathya Sai Central Trust Sai Baba’s personal chamber RJ Ratnakar Puttaparthi Prashanti Nilayam CSO arrest Prashanti Nilayam Pradhan Harish Nanda CSO arrest Chief Security Officer

Police today  arrested Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Prashanti Nilayam, as part of their ongoing probe into the cash flow from Puttaparthi to Bangalore.

 According to sources, during investigation, it was found that Pradhan, a retired Air Force official, brought Rs 35.5 lakh out of Yajurveda Mandir, Sai Baba’s personal chamber, and handed it over to Sathya Sai Central Trust members RJ Ratnakar and V Srinivasan at the Shanti Bhavan. The cash was in turn given to Chandrasekhar, driver of Srinivasan, and later, was passed on to Sohan Setty and Harish Nanda.

The trio was caught by the police on Saturday night while transporting the cash to Bangalore. Police are likely to serve notices on Ratnakar and Srinivasan in a day or two, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Prashanti Nilayam was stunned into silence following the cash seizures in the last two days and disclosure by the police that the flight of capital from Puttaparthi to Bangalore was traced to some of the Sathya Sai Trust members.

Penugonda DSP Kolar Krishna, investigating officer of the case, produced Harish Nandasetty, who was caught carrying Rs 35.5 lakh in a Toyota Qualis at Kodikonda checkpost on Saturday night, before Hindpur Judicial First Class Magistrate Kamalakar Naidu. He was remanded in judicial custody till June 27 and the seized cash was handed over to the court.

The other two – Chandrasekhar and Sohan Setty – were also produced before the magistrate and were remanded in judicial custody.

On Sunday, Sathya Sai Trust member and Sai Baba’s nephew RJ Ratnakar had contradicted the police and claimed the trust had nothing to do with the cash. He had also claimed that 12 devotees of Baba, linked to the cash seizures, would explain themselves either to the court or the police by Monday. “No one has either approached us or contacted us till now. The cash belongs to the trust,” the Penugonda DSP said.

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Further Reading

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 21, 2011

Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 24, 2011

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Decay presides over Miss Haversham’s ruined mansion, as in Sai Baba’s

Rotting House In Dickens' novel Great Expectations' redolent of decay in Sathya Sai Baba's Secret living Quarters

The decay now found in Sathya Sai Baba’s quarters, which he locked off from all his servitors, it appears, except his male lover and carer Satyajit, is nothing like the ‘Satwic’ (Pure) quality of which he constantly preached. One may be somewhat reminded of Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’, and the wealthy old Mrs Havisham’s wretchedly decrepit mansion, quietly rotting away, like she herself. Indeed, rotting just as Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation is now doing. And rotting just as he was doing for some time before he died on 24 April 2011. The newspaper article below reports:

“The Swiss and Danish chocolates and huge cache of dry fruits which have passed the date of expiry were also found by the team”.

Though in a higher tragic key than Miss Haversham, Shakespeare’s King Lear, came through the “wheel of fire” to an ephiphany. For Miss Haversham light floods in at the last. And the light-bearers are the two young people, Pip and Miss Haversham’s adopted daughter Estella. Sathya Sai Baba brought the downfall of a great many boys and young men. These poor boys and young men (though many have come from rich homes) were, so to speak, Sathya Sai Baba’s Great Expectorations, that is, spittle  – for he used them, and he spat them out. For them, he was the darkness-bearer, showering some spurious light so that he would seem otherwise than what he was.

Miss Haversham, in her perversion of love and in her unrequited pain, revenged against men by trying to proof Estella forever against them, because of her long-ago romantic undoing by the wretched criminal Compeyson. In Sai Baba’s case, there was a similarity with a difference: He perversely ensured that the great numbers of boys he sexually abused would not, forever, be able to function with females. Indeed, we have well-documented his true anti-female sentiments (despite his hypocritical carry-on in glorifying statements about ‘sacred Indian womanhood’, and so forth. See:

Ladies Day – Sathya Sai Baba vs. Women’s Day and true female emancipation

A Few of Sathya Sai Baba’s Confused and Traditional Views On Women

At the end, Miss Haversham – at last being able to see in a mirror the pain of unrequited love in Pip, who so loved Estella, as she loved him – was able to understand his pain through her own pain of rejection. She was then able to make a good repentence. She says to Pip:  “Until you spoke to [Estella] the other day, and until I saw in you a looking-glass that showed me what I once felt myself, I did not know what I had done. What have I done! What have I done!”.

But where was Sathya Sai Baba’s repentence? He who ruined countless lives!  He who cursed those who questioned his conduct! How could he see himself when he looked into his secret hoard of glittering treasure? Or into all the glitzy opulence that he erected around himself? How could he see his true self from aloft his gold chariot and his gold thrones? How could he see that the God whom he proclaimed himself to be has never, unless by sick minds, been linked to the notion of pedophilia? It is left – if at all they are capable of it – for the members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust and the members of the international Sathya Sai Organization to repent. Do they wish to pain to go on, endlessly? If so, we shall pursue these evildoers until they speak the plain truth, and begin to make practical, meaningful amends. The rank-and-file, from whom so much was hidden, could at least start of apologize to those whom they have so cruelly shunned and allowed to be vilified, defamed and libeled, even thought they always knew them as good persons. The likes of Robert Priddy and I shall be glad to pass along our networks any news of such changes springing from contrite hearts

             Sathya Sai Baba Demonized His Critics. He consigned them to eternal Hell

In his fulminating, so-called ‘Christmas Discourse’ of 2000, he dared to denounce with utter hypocrisy. Loudly thumping his lecturn, and cheered on by thousands of profoundly duped devotees, he denounced apostates from him as: demons’, ‘Judases’, and saying that there will never be, in no matter how many lifetimes, any salvation for these persons. Nothing could be a greater distortion of Christ’s teachings of peace, love, forgiveness and hope of atonement.

The persons (yes, they are actually decent and good human beings, most respected in throughout their communites!) he condemned, I should add, at great cost to themselves, spoke out about his homosexual and many other abuses. They may be able to forgive, but forgiveness is a debt owed to ourselves, which means an inner letting-go, and should not, as all too many so-called ‘spiritual people’ do in their systemic confusing of forgiving and forgetting, instead mean letting go, scot free, bullies, thugs and abusers.

Sathya Sai Baba is dead. But many of his close accomplices are not. One cannot sue and gaol him, but one can have a strong go at sueing and gaoling them. He was at all times backed by an organization which cannot pass any rudimentary test for accountability or duty of care. They talk compassion and deny it in their very actions. The way in which they have treated former devotees – always hitherto in good stead in the Sai Baba organization, until their began asking fair and reasonable questions – is truly appalling.

That is to say, the Sathya Sai Central Trust and the international Sathya Sai Organization, in regard to which entities we are working on ways to bring to some kind of justice via large-scale litigation and pursuit of Sai criminals. Indeed, gaol sentences where possible. A lot depends on whether our teams can work around a corruption endemic in sections of India’s government, political, justice and police systems.

Our advancing forces – thanks especially to Jai Narain and his fine legal team – though badly delayed by a judge’s Order in the State of Karnataka of mutual non-disclosure, now have brought about one conviction, a sentence of three years, for a close lieutenant of Sathya Sai Baba, a foremost teacher, whom our records show as having serially and cruelly molested many young males. We shall now sort a lot further through our check lists – one miscreant after another.

Whistleblowers, do make sure that you increasinly whistleblow! Survivors of abuses by those Sai officials did not protect you against, do demand the right to some healing and compensation for the terrible offences committed against you! And all who would be good citizens, and not lost in airy, fine-sounding, so-called ‘spiritual’ abstractions, please do send stark messages to offenders about our need to excercise practical compassion, duty of care, and apply democratic processes in governance of institutions.

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Deccan Herald

Sunday 24 July 2011

Goods found believed to have been gifted by the devotees from across the world
Perfumes, sarees form Sai Baba’s inventory
Hyderabad, July 23, DHNS:
French perfumes, shampoos, shaving kits, Swiss chocolates, boxes full of imported dry fruits and silk sarees were some of the personal belongings of Sathya Sai Baba among an obscene amount of gold, silver and cash recovered at Yajurmandir.
Yajurmandir, the residence of Sathya Sai Baba and his aide Sathyajit, also threw light on the lifestyle of the godman, revered as the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai.“Baba used perfumes to smell good when he gave darshan to thousands of devotees, and gave personal interviews to dignitaries who will be sitting close to him,” recalled a devotee at Prasahanti Nilayam.While there is no brand-wise perfume list available with the revenue officers, they could recall latest and rarest kind of perfumes and toiletries stocked at Yajurmandir.The revenue officials of Anantapur district during the three rounds of inventory taking completed on July 20, also found thousands of pure silk sarees, dhotis and shirts at Yajurmandir. Baba used to present the sarees to a few select women devotees and also distribute among the volunteers who do free “seva” at Prashanti Nilayam. A large number of silver and gold “mangala sutrams” were also found during the inventory.

Electronic gadgets

“We also found electronic gadgets of various makes that one could dream of and around 5,000 watches that include Rado, Tag Heuer and mostly Swiss hand-made watches,” the awestruck revenue officials, who took part in the inventory sessions from June 2, said.

These goods believed to have been gifted by the devotees from across the world, indicate the love and affection they had for Sai Baba. The revenue officers also stumbled upon two gold garlands, each weighing 6-7 kg under a table.

The Swiss and Danish chocolates and huge cache of dry fruits which have passed the date of expiry were also found by the team.

“These might be gifted by devotees from abroad, but one wonders why they were not distributed and left to rot,” a senior officer from the revenue department deputed to  make inventory, recalled.

The inventory making, which still has to open the personal living quarter of Sathya Sai Baba.  The officials also found 40 pairs of saffron robes, 75 silver glasses each weighing 700 gm in a carton, thousands of gold rings and gold-plated fancy earrings.

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 22, 2011

STOP PRESS! Breaking NEWS ……

We will be going after many who have aided the profound Sathya Sai cult cover ups, not a few. These include officials, past and present, in the Sathya Sai Central Trust, and the international Sathya Sai Organization, and the Sathya Sai Society of America, and officials in areas such as Indian local, state and central governments, past and present.

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

Witnesses to the court proceedings made such comments as: 

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

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

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

Prison Sentence – More Sentences To Come? More Litigation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Dr  ………

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would you kindly assist in whatever ways that you can?

Barry Pittard, Australia

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Further Related Reading

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 21, 2011

Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 21, 2011

At this juncture of preparations to litigate against those in the Sathya Sai Organization or allied with it who have sexually abused, or permitted to be abused, I copy below some details and links relating to a November 2010 Oprah Winfrey Special on sexual abuse of males.

It is important for those survivors of Sathya Sai Baba’s and his accomplices’ serial and profound wrongdoings to raise their awareness of a number of psychological and social issues, including various forms of remediation that are available.

I had earlier spoken to an Oprah Winfrey producer about the Sathya Sai cult cases, but nothing came of it.

Activists – strong in the truth and justice of their cause – who take on powerful antagonists invariably come to know two things especially. They learn how powerful vested interests are, and to what extraordinary lengths they will go to defame, libel, threaten and bully, and to distort and lie. They also know that only dogged persistence, unblinking, unyielding, will finally win the day. In the article: Fighting Multi Billion Corruption Takes Longer. Posted by Barry Pittard on March 10, 2007, I remarked:

“Former Sai Baba devotees worldwide are ready, as indeed many times before over several years, to submit our credentials and findings to bona fide independent third-party adjudicators.

In an attempt to obtain proper investigation of the allegations against Sathya Sai Baba and his powerful and influential worldwide organization, we have closely cooperated with major world media and other reputed agencies and institutions. He and the entity he calls the “Divine” instrument for bringing about the greatest spiritual revolution the world has ever seen, the Sathya Sai Organization, have not”.

As only to be expected, since there are constraints on the young  that would prevent their crying hearts from speaking out, these are men who have come forward to share their experiences. This they did in front of one of the biggest audiences television history.

However, let us bear in mind that large numbers of those whom Sathya Sai Baba sexually abused, or in other cases, whom those around him abused (including, as teachers around the world will be unhappy to learn, certain teaching Staff) are now men.

There Comes A Time When Men Have To Stop Acting Like Frightened Children

I would like to think that those boys I taught (1978-790 at Sathya Sai Baba’s Whitefield College (via Bangalore, South India), and many other boys who have passed through Sathya Sai education institutions, will start to mean what they have so often uttered about Vedic and other sacred injunctions to be fearless.

These men, now gathered and pledged to powerful litigation against corrupt Sai Baba forces, will  longer will be silent. As I have mentioned in my last few posts, considerable wealth has been generated that is now at the disposal of that part of our cause which is to make accountable as many of the abusers that we can.

As I have elsewhere pointed out, a measure of legal success has already been achieved in a Bangalore law court BUT it was a success was achievable only at the cost of conditions of mutual non-disclosure.

But the shameless men who were thus exposed should now entertain the notion that large legal remedies are not closed off.

For it is non-disclosure that permits that very silence and secrecy in which the sexual abuse of the young so collossally thrives and infects. A key figure in the exposure of the rampant sexual and other abuses within ISKON (the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, Pratyatoṣa Dāsa, dealt with the renowned Turley law firm states:

“Mr. Turley also said that sexual abuse of children, if not routed out and cured in it’s infancy, spreads like an infectious disease, and this, unfortunately, is exactly what happened within ISKCON.”

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Important Breakthrough!

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

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

  A TWO-DAY OPRAH SHOW EVENT: 200 ADULT MEN WHO WERE MOLESTED COME FORWARD

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Oprah and 200 men
A landmark Oprah Showevent that’s never been done before. Two hundred men courageously stand together to reveal they were all molested.

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Read more: http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/A-Two-Day-Oprah-Show-Event-200-Men-Who-Were-Molested-Come-Forward_1#ixzz1SgmyWLVy

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Busy journalists, scholars, institutional researchers, and the probing reader in general can do with shortcuts. See:

Barry Pittard’s Guide To His Articles On The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Exposing Sai Baba)

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 6, 2010 –  is a guide to my articles written across some six years on the BBC’s one-hour documentary, The Secret Swami (2004) which, according to the BBC itself, has been aired in some two hundred countries. The articles referred to in this guide are those mentioned below. To give enquirers – in one fell swoop as it were - the opportunity to view the scope of these articles in prospectus, the guide has key quotations from each of the articles.

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Further Reading

Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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

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Indian Media and Governments Heedless of Decade of Foreign Media and Sai Baba Critics’ Revelations

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 27, 2011

Each day, major sections of the Indian media feature glaring revelations about Sathya Sai Baba’s and key Sathya Sai Central Trust officials. The Andhra Pradesh government is now stepping in – for example, closing down 16 charitable exemptions long accorded to the Sathya Sai Central Trust. It details to the case police investigators with teeth, and arrests have already been made.

There are grave suspicions surrounding the manner of Sai Baba’s death. For example, questions have been raised about why the Indian and international doctors attending Sai Baba since his hospitalization were refused salient details about medical treatment prior to this time. News reports in recent days – such as the surprise emergence of billionaire Sai Baba backer Isaac Tigrett and his secret yet to be revealed – have heavily eclipsed these matters.  See: Human Rights Commission Probe Fronts Andhra Government On Sathya Sai Baba Treatment

Several of Sathya Sai Baba’s longtime most prominent workers have resigned, including Dr A.N. Safaya, head of the Superspecialty Hospital at Puttaparthi, along with other doctors and nursing staff.  See:  Head of Sai Baba Mega Dollar Hospital At Puttaparthi Resigns. Others Quitting Jobs Too. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011.

Dereliction of Duty of Care, Accountability and Transparency of International Sathya Sai Organization and Sathya Sai Central Trust

Sai Baba cult's world head, Dr Micael Goldstein, of Covena, southern California. BBC secret camera captures the ugly face that the international leadership of the Sathya Sai Organization wishes to hide.

For many years, small numbers of internationally coordinated former devotees, and other critics such as the late Basava Premanand, worked tremendously hard, and against almost impossible odds, to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his authoritarian worldwide cult. See:

Basava Premanand. Vale. A fighter for truth who lived what others preach

In Memoriam – Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”

The Sathya Sai Organization now bears the undying stigma of having countless times scorned, rebuked and libeled those former devotees and other critics who have, at cost of great personal sacrifice to themselves and their families and friends, spoken out about the sexual abuses against young males and other crimes and moral and spiritual betrayals.

Longtime Failure to Act of Indian Media and Successive National and State Governments

To the profound shame of the Indian media, leading newspaper and television organizations heeded our representations:

For example, BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS (all television), ABC (Radio Australia). In newspaper media – Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., ….. It was not until a close friend of ours, at the top of a notable profession, was able to dine with an official of the Indo Asian News Service that our Duke of Edinburgh story concerning Sai Baba’s propaganda people that we were able, after many futile attempts, to make some inroads on a small section of the Indian media.

Extraordinarily, in the last days, wide sections of the Indian media are surfacing evidence that powerfully tells against Sathya Sai Baba and many of his core servitors. It is, of course, to the historic shame of the Indian media (with the honorable exception of India Today) and successive, typically corrupt Indian governments, national and state, that we long remained voices crying out in the wilderness. For my appreciation of India Today’s publisher Aroon Purie and his team, see:  Sai Baba Treasure Scandals: His Big Political Protectors Now Run For Cover

Of course, the greatest crying, emotionally and spiritually speaking, came from the countless boys and young men who had been sexually molested by Sathya Sai Baba, and in some cases by his teachers. For a recent record of a former student of the Sathya Sai university, now a professional who still struggles with terrible guilt, see:

Testimony about Sai Baba and his Hostels for Boys

Posted by robertpriddy on June 9, 2011

More glimpses behind Sai Baba’s veil of secrecy from one who knows

Posted by robertpriddy on June 10, 2011

The crying comes also from those he and certain of his servitors badly damaged in various other ways. including complicity in cover up of police executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom, missing persons, the beating of individuals by key Sai Baba security personnel, terrible financial scams conducted through the Puttaparthi front office, and in many other ways.

From years of living in India, and sometimes with families from very wealthy to very poor, I know that Indians love their children as people anywhere else do. Of course they do. But love operates when it is a verb, an action, rather than when it is a noun, an abstract.

However, the indisputable fact is that, far worse than in countries which have made large strides in facing sexual abuse issues, India profoundly betrays her children in this regard.

Will India continue to maintain the profoundly inhumane taboo against confronting issues around sexual abuse? Will she focus, instead, on scandals such as the secret hoarding in Sathya Sai Baba’s private chambers of millions of dollars worth of currency and large caches of precious stones and other luxury items? Will she not ask what, sexually, in the lives of so many boys and young men, happened down many years in Sai Baba’s bedroom? That is, the same bedroom around which a vast fortune in currency, gold, silver and precious gemstones have now been found. And the selfsame bed in which the treasury of innocence of countless boys and young men has been forever snatched.

Do you, India, wish to leave out forever out in the wilderness those brave Indian advocates for child protection as: Maharukh Adenwala, Rajmangal Prasad, and other national, state and local profiled figures who work for child rights in India. Why don’t you begin to hang out with those who really care, instead of those who only pretend to care?

Do you, India, wish to continue to be known throughout the world as the country with the highest rate of violence against women and children. Do you want a nation in which, according to a survey by India Today, there are between 400000 and 500000 child prostitutes in India. Does it not mean something to you that a 2007 study (brought about only by the tireless efforts of Indian men and women who truly care, by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) found that 53.22 per cent of India’s children have experienced some form of sexual abuse.

Do many of you pass it all off, thinking it is the kids’ Karma? Very well, do you think it is your Karma to be a person who doesn’t care, and who is content to leave matters as they are? Would you want your own children in the clutches of predators?  Do you have no voice? No ability to support those who work, back against the wall, for change?

By virtue of former devotees’ intensive coordinated campaigning, Sathya Sai Baba centers in the West have emptied and, in other cases, been sorely depleted.  A difficult sticking point is that India is a long way behind in addressing sexual abuse issues. It will be ironic if India’s Sathya Sai Centers empty or deplete because of the revelations about Sai Baba’s material, rather than spiritual treasure. The case in countries outside India was quite other – it was primarily because many individuals were able to exchange their findings about the sheer extent of Sai Baba’s sexual abuses of boys and young men that the credibility of the Sathya Sai Baba was irrecoverably damaged.

After enormous efforts by former Sai Baba devotees around the world – efforts that included proper, professional presentation of our credentials and of primary and secondary witnesses to governments, the United Nations, Interpol, and also of notable institutions which then, thankfully, cut off their connection with the international Sathya Sai Organization.

Robert Priddy and I, with additional help from within India, are keeping up the pressure in our own way. Various leading Indian media have contacted. Our blogsites are receiving thousands of visitors. Though naturally we are keen to avoid any imputation of interfering in the affairs of a sovereign country. We are most sensitive to the need not to tread on the turf of our Indian brothers and sisters who are staging the fight on their home ground. One area we have sometimes been able to assist is in bringing pressure on India deeply corrupt governments via the representatives of former devotees and other Sai Baba critics from around the world. Our friends among Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s) have also been able to contribute here.

My guess is that, just as in the first great wave of our exposure effort, many quit the Sathya Sai Organization, there will now be more waves of leave-taking. Indeed, one would think, of far greater dimensions.

A Seminal Document (August 2000) by Hari Sampath, Former Member of Sathya Sai Security and Intelligence Wing. Indian Media Should Study It

An all-too-neglected Hari Sampath document from 21 August 2000, fully deserves to be widely read, including by an Indian media which may be prone to think themselves as being at the cutting edge of  exposing Sathya Sai Baba and core elements of his cult. The Sampath document is entitled – ‘The Sathya Sai Baba set-up: How it works’.

Hari Sampath wrote his piece from the point of view of a member of Sai Baba Security and Intelligence wing who had become alienated by his discoveries of corruption from Sai Baba down. He  began to investigate, and later posted some of his findings on the internet. See HERE.

From both my own repeated, direct experience of contact with it, and that of our Indian workers’ extraordinarily hard work to inform it, a fact stands out inescapably:  Had the Indian media had been professional and receptive when we embarked on our saga of exposure, Sai cult exposure of the sort happening in India today would surely have happened long ago.

In short, the Indian media, except India Today, was sorely derelict in failing to heed our evidence both in regard to the large-scale serial sexual abuses, and to the financial criminality and corruption which Hari Sampath was the first to reveal publicly.

One area of feedback that would be useful to have at this time is:  impact on centers, both within and outside India. Many of you have your own networking and other resources by which to pull in salient information about what is happening with the centers. Please keep this and other forms of information coming. The feedback assists in breaking through the walls of disinformation and, more often, of Sai Organization unaccountability mediated via silence. See:

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

There are many lessons that nations can draw from exposures as great as the unmasking of the Sathya Sai Baba cult. The story of its exposure has on of small people having to learn skills which they, almost entirely never previously possessed. Such as dealing with the media, lawyers, and acting as a conduit to various professional areas of support – such as experienced psychological counseling – for the terribly stricken survivors of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult’s abuses. Anyone in the communities of former devotee activists are witness to the fact that these individuals are not takers but givers. Very typically, they serve not only those affected by the Sathya Sai Organization’s utter dereliction of duty of care and accountability, but also are dedicated to serving worthy causes in their own wider communities and professions.

In short, these are the individuals so-called Sai Baba devotees around the world – so full of their earnest talk about truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence – have so cruelly and wrongfully shunned, scorned and vilified.

It is important to keep the information flowing.

For those with information, I can be contacted at this blogsite. Or via:  barpittard@gmail.com. Where special security/confidentiality needs may be called for, there are protocols available. My colleague Robert Priddy and I have dealt with many international situations involving private individuals, media, government and institutions, and confidentiality is assured.

It may be that some fear going to various agencies in the Indian state or federal police. A former head of Interpol in Australia has assured me that there are workarounds in situations of this kind. Should anyone in India wish to share this level of information, please feel welcome to write to me.

Barry Pittard, former Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.

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Excerpt from:

Testimony from ‘Raman Sharma’

Date: 05-09-11

Here is an excerpt from an account made by a former student – now an academic – who has been in regular contact with well known ex-follower Conny Larsson by phone and e-mail and with an other ex devotee, for several years. We know his real identity and can confirm that he is a real person, but we must protect him from aggressive Sai stalkers and continued harassment by fanatical Sai Baba devotees where he is in India:

I have been accused from the “people of the 5 Human Values” of all sort of things and foremost even threatened for my life. These stalkers who have been paid by the Sai organisation. are terrible people who were also my former close friends within the Sai organisation. But what more could one expect from people devoted to a Rakshasa like Sai Baba. He once said to me after I told him that I loved him; “Yes I know, my food is your thoughts”. I almost fainted out of satisfaction, could you believe how gullible I was. Seduced both physically, spiritually and mentally. The so called “seva” within his organisation is just a mumbo jumbo that never existed so far.

I am really at pains to understand that one of my closest friends (name given but undisclosed here), who personally told me about the private goings on is still a believer, though I sympathize with him. It can be due to the fact that his father was given free hospital treatment and I believe he has received other benefits . There was also (name undisclosed). They are still my friends and so it is difficult to come out in the open.

(‘Raman Sharma’ tells next of how a close relative of his was a prominent official in the Sathya Sai Organisation but left after he told her of his experiences. They were ostracized by all former Sai Baba friends and none bothered to ask after his relative’s health after a cancer operation. After I came out my mother left the organisation and many senior member spoke ill about us.) I also had a miraculous escape in a way when I had confronted the hostel warden directly (it’s a long story of my own humiliations and shady living and things to which I was introduced as a kid in my eight standard by older boys and close friends). I still recollect another Mephistopheles of SB, Nanjundaiaah, the controller of examinations at the university speaking to our class that “Swami is pure innocence, you students by your association and dirty thoughts are spoiling him and his innocence” referring to the talk that was spreading at the college.

They misbehaved with students whenever rumours or truth about SSB started spreading in the hostel. Earlier SSB use to himself do this job by publicly humiliating those students and expelling them, thereby spoiling their careers. How many days of psychological trauma and torture good students have suffered! If I remember correctly, it was in June 2000 during the summer course (or was it 1999) two Brindavan form boys (who slept with SB) were taken ill. When checked, they were found to be HIV positive. I don’t know what happened to them, but SB was very upset with them and threw them out. I think this information was totally suppressed. In India the atmosphere is such that even people like us who know facts doubts ourselves at times. I do hope and pray that God does not allow India to be a global superpower, otherwise it has everything in it to corrupt the rest of the world. The famous author Nirad C Chaudhuri used a term MEGALOMANIA (In his own words he explained that just as an individual can be overtaken by madness, entire groups of people can grow mad). In India we have no dearth of politicians going collectively mad and so also credulous people in general. At least Nehru, for all his shortcomings never bowed down to irrationality just as his party supremos like PM Manmohan Singh  and Sonia Gandhi did recently by Bowing down at the corpse of dead Sathya sai Baba.

Yesterday, I was going through the exbaba site and the account of SB’s sibling Janakiramiah’s death. I noticed two points: Firstly, While Janakiramiah lay dying, people were allowed to see him in the ICU at SSSIHMS. I really fail to understand why are the devotees not being allowed now. Secondly, there was a reference of a bloated Janakiramaiah’s body being sent back to his residence at Parthi. I would like to bring to your notice about another death at the hospital. It concerns prof. Kailash Kumar Aurora, one of the professors’ of English at the Institute. I heard about his death when I had gone to parthi last in 2004. He also died at SSSIHMS and some students who saw him (may be at the hospital) repeatedly confirmed that his body had bloated up unnaturally. I do know of the fact that many permanent members at the ashram or even students never wanted to go to SSSIHMS for treatment because the Hospital was famous for giving wrong injections or medications to the patients. I personally hold the view that SB knew of these goings-on at the hospital and never wanted any major achievement of the hospital to be highlighted in public. Also, returning to the sequence of my older emails, somewhere around 1990 there was a student called Ramesh from Andhra who use to terrorize me and have sex. He never allowed me to go to class and I was really afraid of him, I don’t know for what, I think most of them knew of SB and I am surprised that even on Facebook none of the old Sai students are showing any serious concern about swami’s health. I think it was in my tenth that I started enjoying sex with males after being forced to do it in eighth and ninth. I even stopped going home during holidays in the pretext of staying with swami and my parents being devotees could not imagine about what was happening to me. I remember praying to SB that my parents should die so that I could enjoy life on my own, such was my foolishness. These memories are indeed painful, but I can certainly say that I have restrained myself from doing it with younger folks at Parthi. Somehow I always had the feeling that it was wrong.

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Even Bigger Stash, Secret Vaults, False Ceilings and Walls at Sai Baba’s Ashram? Police Searching

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 22, 2011

NEWS FLASH.

Our regular well-wisher from India has just emailed:

“The Andhra Pradesh police have definite intelligence of the existence of secret vaults, and concealed storage in false ceilings and behind false walls in Yajur mandir, Sai Baba’s personal living quarters. They strongly believe that the wealth hidden there could be much more than what was actually found, perhaps on a staggering scale.

Meanwhile Sai Baba’s relatives are openly asking political leaders and VVIPs to question the activities of the trust, and are clearly unhappy with the studied silence of these VVIPs who used to flock to Sai Baba not so long back (as my sources reported 2 days back)

Also, the Vigilance and Enforcement directorate are taking an interest in the Sathya Sai Baba matter (as reported yesterday)… and it now seems all it takes is a Public Interest Litigation from someone to spark a major inquiry”.

http://expressbuzz.com/cities/hyderabad/sleuths-suspect-false-ceilings-in-sai-chamber/286861.html

http://expressbuzz.com/states/andhrapradesh/officials-await-pil-to-probe-sai-wealth/286860.html

http://expressbuzz.com/states/andhrapradesh/sai-relatives-challenge-devotees-to-speak-up/286825.html

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Hard on the heels of the above email came this from the same source:

“Isaac Tigrett is on TV…saying Sai Baba left instructions with him as to how the Ashram must be run, several years back….saying he is Sai Baba’s “living will”…has a witness to the conversation he claims…..says he spoke to Srinivasan, SV Giri and Chakravarti…..3 weeks back…Tigrett says ” I am living will now…but don’t know whether I will be after this interview” ….will reveal all to the worldwide Sai Baba devotees on Guru Purnima 6 weeks later…

I will send a report of this interview later….”

And then, this minutes after:

“In a major breaking story by Times Now TV channel on the Sai Baba story…..Isaac Tigrett claims publicly Sai Baba had answered 170 questions on how the Ashram and trust must be run, in 2007…..watch the videos….this was the lead story on Times Now just 30 min back

http://www.timesnow.tv/Satya-Sai-Babas-secret/videoshow/4376584.cms

http://www.timesnow.tv/INDIA/What-is-Sathya-Sai-Babas-secret/videoshow/4376615.cms

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My reader may also like to watch this Times of India television news report:

I know Sathya Sai’s top secret: Devotee

21 Jun 2011, 9:40pm IST| Duration: 01:33

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      Isaac Tigrett

We may ask – Is the fabled multibillionaire, these days, the late Sai Baba’s Rishi? A man of mystery, with a time-release secret?

Here is Tigrett’s own recent video segment, posted to Vimao.com, of him giving the talk that is now a major news story in India:

17 days ago, June 4, 9.56pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)
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See the article:

Isaac Tigrett. Selling Out Those Condemned to a House Of Blues

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 9, 2009

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The Times of India

What is Sai Baba’s secret?
22 Jun 2011, 0902 hrs IST, AGENCIES
Sathya Sai Baba’s trust on Wednesday (June 22) rubbished close devotee Isaac Tigrett’s claims of knowing a secret told by the spiritual leader himself. The trustees have said that Sathya Sai Baba didn’t keep any secrets from them. Isaac Tigrett, one of Baba’s famous devotees claimed that the spiritual guru had personally given him directions on how to run the trust and that only he had been let in Sathya Sai Baba’s big secret.Considering Sathya Sai Baba has left behind a considerable fortune, there is almost a scramble among his successors to know what the secret is all about.

Nagananda, Trustee, Sathya Sai Central Trust Board said, “Bhagwan had a one to one interaction with lot of people & it was an interaction between guru & devotee. So really it is one’s own personal experience. Swami’s administration was different from personal relationships built between devotee & guru. Those personal relationships had nothing to do with the administration of the ashram.”

“Whenever some instructions were given & Bhagwan wanted action to be taken on that instruction, he would inform the administration like the secretary. If somebody got some instructions from Bhagwan it is their bonded duty to pass it on. They cant expect us to go an ask that have you got instructions, what that is & why don’t you tell us?,” added the trustee.

He added, “If Bhagwan has given his instructions in sacred talks it is his business to come & tell us. If he doesn’t he cant expect us to go & ask. I don’t think those discussion or instruction they had from Bhagwan have any value today as they were all personal instructions.”

Earlier, Isaac Tigrett, a key devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba who is also the founder of Hard Rock & House of Blues and lives in Sai Baba’s ashram Prasanthi Nilayam, had claimed, “I have an announcement to make. In 2007 Sai Baba started giving me a series of interviews and in those series of interviews he told me exactly how he wanted Prasanthi Nilayam to run. He also had a witness who is so important, who is there, as I asked him over 170 questions about how he wanted me to do this. He said this is our secret. You tell no one. Now I simply have this to say. I will with his approval give this approval to the Sai organisation if they wish to approach me.”

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Sai Baba Treasure Scandals: His Big Political Protectors Now Run For Cover

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 22, 2011

The Sathya Sai Baba fold continues to fold. The sheep are running all over the place. And so are the rats, although they are as invisible as they can make themselves. They have had a good deal of experience in mucky cover up.

For some weeks, it has been evident to any careful observer, that the Andhra Pradesh government has been only too aware of troubles in the Sathya Sai camp that might grow too big to suppress. Indeed, it is a campfire that none can stamp out, and looks like becoming a raging forest fire. The critters are on-the-run. And, to mix a metaphor still further, the rats desert the ship.

Most notably, a series of suspicious circumstances led up to Sathya Sai Baba’s death.These are being investigated, including by the Andhra Pradesh Human rights Commission. See: Human Rights Commission Probe Fronts Andhra Government On Sathya Sai Baba Treatment

Hopefully, all the attention given to the treasury scandals will not allow the circumstances of his death to drop from sight, as happened with the suppression of police evidence concerning the police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993.

What is more, prominent followers of Sathya Sai Baba are themselves deeply disturbed at the intense infighting within the Sai Central Trust, despite its repeated – and dishonest – denials. These devotees, too, are asking leading and uncomfortable questions, and consulting legal opinion. Just as those of us, who are now former followers of Sathya Sai Baba, did as, long ago, we began to investigate ever further layers on layers of corruption. And of a spiritual betrayal of the utmost magnitude.

In short, Sai devotees are now finding out what former devotees have, for over a decade, been at very great pains to document and to point out.

My reader may imagine the current feelings of those all round the world who left the Sathya Sai Baba fold. Such feelings as expressed in phrases like:  – at long last!

There is relief that at least a few of Sai Baba’s dark deeds, and those of his core servitors, are being revealed on a large-scale – and from within India itself!

Given the fact of decades of massive Puttaparthi and local, state and national government cover up of Sai venality, the sight of seeing, proverbially speaking, rats deserting the ship is satisfying in its own way. Particularly given that the very Sai Central Trust personnel, and politicians (irrespective of which government), and police chiefs and other officials are  well-known to us. For these scurrying excuses on two legs are among those who have thwarted our attempts to bring out the facts. They are too well-known to our international coalition of former Sathya Sai devotees and other critics, not to mention investigators like India Today, BBC, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, etc.

In passing, I note the great courage of the late Basava Premanand. See:  Basava Premanand. Vale. A fighter for truth who lived what others preach. Posted by Barry Pittard on October 6, 2009

India's Basava Premanand. Faced Sai Baba Cult

If there were just a few more like Premanand, and a tiny handful of others in India who have fought valiantly to expose the criminality of Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core servitors, India might fare better when it comes to international esteem.

Did India and her ‘heroes’ respond to the cries of Sathya Sai Baba’s myriad victims of sexual molestation of boys and young men, or the families of those liquidated by police in Sai Baba’s bedroom, or of those beaten by his key security people, or the people scammed over apartments and in other ways by personnel in the Puttaparthi front office, or of the many who have been thrown out of the international Sathya Sai Organization, including those who, with the greatest of integrity, called for proper organization process, such as duty of care and financial and other forms of accountability …..?

Or did India and her ‘heroes’ side with chief mechanics of cover up, such as Indulal Shah, and Dr G.Venkataraman?  See:

Indulal Shah and Indian Government Cover Up

‘God’s’ Ex-Shah, Indulal Shah

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

The answer is an anguished testimony to India’s lack of real heroes. They did not uphold what my late dear colleague in exposure of Sai corruption, Glen Meloy, with such glowing love in his voice, used to refer to as ‘standing up for truth and goodness’. See my hopelessly inadequate Obituary for Glen:

Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam. Posted by Barry Pittard on November 18, 2009

India’s rat-pack of false heroes are now running for cover. Hardly anyone in that country heeded our voices. No matter that these dissentient voices included many who had been esteemed, both in and beyond India, for decades. Some of those who spoke up – despite almost unimaginable lack of truth and goodness from Sai Baba and his people – had been for decades outstanding leaders in the international Sathya Sai Organization. And always have been esteemed in their wider communities.

Kamini Jaiswal, Supreme Court senior advocate

Could we turn for justice to the Indian Justice system? No, we emphatically failed. Even though one of India’s gutsiest and most senior advocates to the Supreme Court, Kamini Jaiswal, went in to bat. See references to Hari Sampath’s 2000 Public Interest Litigation (PIL), a case legal opinion in a number of countries have deemed to have been defeated by three judges holding a ‘kangaroo court’ :

Sathya Sai Trust In Vast Treasure Scandals: Secret Temple, Van, and Bus Stashes

Could we turn for justice even to the former pinnacle of the Indian Justice system, P.N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of Indian, who is now implicated in the treasury scandals, and is himself up for police investigation? We could not turn to this legal ‘hero’, either.

Former Chief Justice, India. Sai Baba Chief

See:

Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

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

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

In sad fact, we turned to many Indian leaders from many backgrounds, political, governmental, religious, and so on. They forsook us. They forsook their hero selves. I make the occasional exception. Bless him! – Aroon Purie, the founder and Managing editor of India Today group. So, in ‘India Today’ (4 December 2000), we got a hearing. India Today has stood up to the filthy mandarins – with their palm-greased agents, and their tremulous cack-mouthed toadies. Purie is of a different cut to India’s pisspot full of lily-livered newspapaper proprietors. I am informed that Vijay Thapa, one of the investigative journalists for the India Today cover story on Sathya Sai Baba, required close body protection during the weeks of investigation, which injects more meaning into the private words to me of the editor of one of the top Indian newspapers that Sathya Sai Baba and his people are to powerful to take on. I’m glad Thapa has risen to editorial heights elswhere today. He is a Nepalese Gurkha, and the Gurkhas, a martial people, are famous for not running.

Vijay ThapaAroon Purie, India Today Magazine. Published Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba

My information, too, is that Aroon Purie personally knew a familiy whose son attended a Sathya Sai education institution whom Sathya Sai Baba sexually molested. On discovery, the family took out the boy immediately. It is the same unhappy circumstances that former devotee international coordinators have become, over the years, used to learning about. Sickeningly, at first – until one’s professional instincts kick in. Although, it is understandable that this personal experience of Aroon Purie may have figured in his decision to assign a major cover story, the other disgraceful Indian editors are NOT excused. Our witnesses made sworn testimony, and in the documentation was supported family members with outstanding records of service and leadership in the Sathya Sai Organization.

NOTE: Wikipedia states:

Aroon Purie is an Indian businessman who is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of India Today and the Chief Executive of the India Today Group. He is also the Managing Director of Thomson Press (India) Limited and the Chairman and Managing Director of TV Today. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest India [1] ……..Purie launched India Today, the magazine in 1975 as a strategic move to keep the printing press busy. The magazine was born in the time of emergency. Its never before seen brand of journalism without fear or favour transformed the landscape of Indian journalism. With editions in five languages, it is the most widely–read publication in India–a position it has held for over a decade–with a readership of over 11 million.[3]

He sets the journalistic style for the largest and most respected magazine publishing group in India and for the premier 24-hour news and current affairs Hindi news channel, Aaj Tak and English news channel Headlines Today.

One after another, the editors and newspaper proprietors of India found excuse. It mattered a fig to them how excellently documented were our submissions. Indeed, our material also went to Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Federal Police, The French National Police, The German National Police and Federal and State Indian Police – all of this at the highest level. Of our successful case with UNESCO – despite its near scuppering by Sai Baba’s deputy chairman of the international Sathya Sai Organization, Dr Venkataraman, in cahoots with then Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Foreign Minister, see:

BBC Exposed Sai Baba Top Aide’s And Indian Foreign Minister’s Ploy With UNESCO

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks

History will show that the Indian Media utterly failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba, only to endure the professional shame – in having thus derelicted – of seeing leading foreign media investigate. For example, BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS (all television), ABC (Radio Australia). In paper media – Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., …..

Repeatedly, in regard to failure of nerve to stand up to Sathya Sai Baba and his henchmen, those whom millions of Indians worship as national heroes have had feet of clay. India had best get something more than their cricket team together ….. The reputation of Dharma had best not rest on the shoulders of cricket idols such as Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulka. It may not be capable of rescue by movie derring-do of Amitabh Bachchan and his ilk. Its even less likely saviors are a succession of Indian Prime Ministers who thought it best to cooperate in the suppression of senior police investigations into Sathya Sai Baba’s misdeeds – the latest being Atul Vajpayee and the present PM Manmohan Singh.

(I shall be happy to pass to bona fide media or other investigators contact details of one of the world’s top policemen (now retired and working in Consultancy), who puts Sathya Sai Baba as the master fraudster of the twentieth century. My email address is:  barpittard@gmail.com ).

Erapalli Prasanna. Great Indian 'tail' spinner. No doubt of Sai Baba's interest in a tail ...

In December 1997, I sat at a meal with Indian Test cricketers, such as her great former ‘tail’ Erapalli Prasanna. One would think, just chaps, actually – but then I saw their bus as it made a snail’s pace progress out of Puttaparthi, and men, women and children screamed their heads off and worshipped the cricketers. 

Sachin Tendulkar. But are the Sai roses smelling so sweet these days?

The throng’s worship was head-over-heels. The fervor was the same as that which they accorded Sai Baba himself.

Among the bus passengers were Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar (both of them committed Sai devotees), and other such national cricketing heroes. It would have been the same if there had been a Bollywood busload of Indian film stars.

What, then, do Gavaskar and Tendulkar and all the other Indian ‘heroes’ think about all the evidence now daily emerging about Sathya Sai Baba? And what do they think of his untrustworthy Sai Central Trust?  Let them answer. But how can they? – for all the ‘heroes’ are running for cover.

Well, at least India is getting a lot of runs …….!

….. Sheep running. Rats running. Crooks running with their ill-begotten gains …..

Sunil Gavaskar. But is Sai 'cricket' a gentleman's game?

And,  what of former Sathya Sai Baba devotees who have left him? And what of those  who have – despite Sai Baba’s and his associates’ attacks and libels – spoken out?

Be it said into history’s court of true testimony, it is not Sai Baba’s dissenters  who are the sheep and the rats.

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Breaking News:  Sai Baba’s Ashram Chief Security Officer Arrested

One of our well-wishers from India has just written to us:

“After another round of interrogation, the Andhra Pradesh police have arrested Pradhan, the Chief security officer of Sai Baba’s ashram. With this, the number of arrests  is now 4, all connected with the first cash haul.

Two others ( in the Rs 5-10 crores  haul in a bus), are being held in an undisclosed location by the AP police and I am informed interrogation is continuing, and possibly more arrests may follow. Legal notices have been issued to V Srinivasan , chairman of WS Industries (senior Trust member) and to RJ Ratnakar, under the Criminal procedure code. So far PN Bhagwati has evaded any legal notice and / or being named officially, although the cash was transported in his protocol car (is he seeking immunity under any clause, being a former Chief Justice of India or have his stronger Govt contacts saved him so far ?)

My sources from high levels of AP police inform me that despite very strong pressure on them to dilute the case, senior politicians are not really pressing their efforts as this Sai Baba case has got national media attention, and no one wants to get his or her name in the news as being remotely associated with any Sai Baba related coverup , especially in the era of scams being exposed in India every week.

An ashram source has informed me that 2 senior Trust members spent the day calling top politicians in Hyderabad and Delhi, but were frustrated that no government official or politician came on the phone line. A senior political leader from Hyderabad has informed an attorney from Hyderabad ” Now, we don’t want to get involved, all opposition parties are stepping up the heat and all Sai Baba related matters are now only bad news, and politically it may become adverse for us”.

Is this why the AP police are proceeding boldly ? I am also informed that the lower level employees like agents, drivers etc are seriously worried about any threat to them should they turn state witness and the police have assured them protection for giving all information.”

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Sathya Sai Trust In Vast Treasure Scandals: Secret Temple, Van, and Bus Stashes

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 20, 2011

If due diligence occurs, Andhra Pradesh police investigations will need to pursue, at a simple count, at least four lots of alleged Sai Trust  illicit treasury violations. Up to the time of Sathya Sai Baba’s death, there were previous reports of at least one truckload of treasure making its way out of Puttaparthi

In addition to the vast treasure trove discovered secreted within Sathya Sai Baba’s temple-palace last Thursday, and the van intercepted with huge amounts of treasure, there now come reports (see Indian press readings below) of yet more treasure being spirited out of Puttaparthi, this time by Sai Baba functionaries on a Bangalore bound bus:

“A man arrested with Rs.35 lakh allegedly belonging to the Sathya Sai Central Trust was Monday sent to judicial custody for a week.

A local court in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district remanded Harishnanda Shetty in custody till June 27. Police presented the arrested man along with the money recovered from him before the magistrate.

Shetty was arrested by the police early Sunday at a toll gate near Hindupur town when he was shifting the cash from Puttaparthi to Bangalore .

He reportedly told the police that a driver of one of the trust members gave him the money for handing it over to a person in Bangalore.” (Remainder of report, below)

But, then, the Sai Central Trust denies any irregularity, just as it denied report of other clandestine movement of treasure just before Sathya Sai Baba died on 24 April. I referred to this earlier, all too easily-forgotten report in my post of yesterday:  Reports of Sathya Sai Central Trust Van Laden With Treasure Seized By Andhra State Police.

A prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of Management, Venu Srinivasan stated:

“In the light of baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that the accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed these have been engineered by certain vested interests”. (Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST).

In a very long Press Release, the Trustees and the Council of Management of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust on April 28, 2011 (four days after Sai Baba’s death) stated precisely the same.

But this very same Srinivasan is now being implicated in more recent events concerning the spiriting of vast amounts of cash and valuables out of Puttaparthi. An Indian informant who has sent reliable information at other times, has just written to Robert Priddy and myself:

… “perhaps for the first time EVER, cases have been filed, and the Andhra police has stated to the press they have specific details and are going to interrogate Sathya Sai trust members !! My sources inform me that Venu Srinivasan, Ratnakar and Bhagwati are the ones named. It is quite open knowledge that PN Bhagwati used his official car given by the Government (as Retd Chief justice) to transport illegal cash (the one that escaped  on Friday)”.

(For an exposure series on Bhagwati, the former Chief Justice of India, another figure who raises some hackles in both diplomatic and legal circles – good media investigators can easily validate this assertion , see Further Reading, below).

But why not look further down the years, too? Does a fascination for hoarding millions in various currencies and mounting up vast stashes of gold, precious stones and other valuables just – what shall I say? – materialise out of nowhere, and all of a sudden. Surely, there are some long antecedents.

One issue comes to my mind quickly. It stems back to 2001. Hari Sampath, formerly a member of Sathya Sai Baba’s Security and Intelligence Wing at Puttaparthi, citing reasons of personal conscience at what he saw to be corruption at the heart of Sathya Sai Baba’s religious empire, took out a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) suit against Sathya Sai Baba. The high-profile advocate Kamini Jaiswal took his case pro bono.

I have shown documents in this case to outstanding legal counsel in various democratic jurisdictions, and the repeated reaction was one of abhorrence for the summary manner in which the judges dealt with the case. An expression used was ‘Kangaroo Court’.  Let anyone read, in part, an Indian lawyer’s notes for the case. See the article:  Sai Baba protected by the Supreme Court of India.

They will get their own sense of the corruption of some judges at the epicenter of (so-called) Indian Justice.

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

Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges                                                                                                                                Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges

Soon after the three judges’ determinations, which have more than raised eyebrows among some most distinguished lawyers of our acquaintance, the Supreme Court of India deleted the public documentation. In vain, even the British Ambassador to India tried to obtain confirmation of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Sampath PIL. The Court denied all knowledge of any record of the case. Those of us who wrote accounts were savagely attacked as liars, notably by Gerald Moreno, who has long been closely allied with certain leaders around the late Sathya Sai Baba, and visciously and repeatedly libeled many former devotees, including bringing sore distress to children of prominent former devotee leaders. See: Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy.

Nonetheless, Kamini Jaiswal’s associate kept careful notes, and there exists a copy of the formal rejection. But, fortunately, we have been able to produce documentary proof, too powerful to be denied. See the scan, below, of the Hari Sampath writ Petition to the Supreme Court of India.

Let us now connect this matter with my remarks at the outset. That is to say – if doing their job properly, police and media investigators – and indeed genuinely concerned Sai Baba devotees themselves – are going to have to consider the long view. Namely, to look, as well, at earlier allegations of gross and extremely improper financial dealings on the grand scale.

For example, did the poor Satyajit, Sathya Sai Baba’s last boyfriend – unseen by anyone – have to carry handfuls, and armfuls, and, donkey-like, shoulder loads of millions of dollars and other currencies, and jewels, and many other valuables up into their many hiding places on the second floor of Sathya Sai Baba opulent temple-palace? 

If not, then who were the other beasts of burden? Were there no adjutants in acts of money-laundering, and black marketeering? Were there no recipients of bribery? Were there no witnesses among the ‘form boys’ (that is, homosexual consorts, as had been the case down many years) who were allowed to sleep in Sai Bab’s bedroom? Of the heaps of Nike shoes, watches, etc., one whom we have sound reasons to accept was one of Sathya Sai Baba’s many ex ‘form boys’, has just written:

“These were given as presents to his chosen form boys. I have seen such cameras with the likes of Raman Mehta, Arjun Bannerjee etc. I remember  once when we were inside the Poornachandra Hall, a prominent American doctor had got lots of such stuff – he had arrived few hours earlier with cameras, watches etc. as donations to Sai Baba, who had then joked that he allowed good bhaktas to get things like these in order to save them harassment from the income tax officials. Even I was presented with currency worth rs 1500/-”

If there were strong prohibitions against even the most senior Sai Baba aides going into parts of his apartments, why were they not allowed to go there?

Scan of Hari Sampath PIL to Supreme Court of India. Proof of what the Court denied record of when requested by the British Ambassador to India

Inter alia, in his written plea to the court, the applicant, Hari Sampath, wrote:

There have been considerable reports in many sections of the media for several years that the Sai baba trusts worldwide were in fact being used in many money laundering operations by several politicians, cutting across party lines. The status enjoyed by these trusts as well as avenues of easily getting the money from abroad into Sai Baba’s Indian trusts, lend themselves very comfortably for such illegal scams of staggering proportions, running into thousands of Crores of rupees.  

Also, as several thousands of Sai Baba’s followers from all over the world simply mail him cash in dollars, pounds, French francs, Swiss Francs etc, usually a few hundreds at a time, all these cash donations are turned over to the bank by Sai Baba’s organization, and deposited in the Trust accounts. This situation is perfectly exploited by Sai Baba and his helpers, and all they have to do to convert “black money” into white money is by arranging to mail thousands of such “mails from devotees” with cash in them, and all of it gets converted to official money at the banks. No questions are ever asked who sent them, and how much, as all these banks are dependent on Sai Baba trust and its accounts running into hundreds of Crores of rupees. 

Sai Baba Central Trust members like Indulal Shah, (who is a Chartered accountant from Bombay and has been with Sai Baba for 40 years, Kulwant Rai, the Industrialist from Delhi, GK Raman, Managing director of Sundaram Finance, Hejmadi, and so many others are all aware of what has been happening for so many years, and all of them stand to gain and to profit from the Sai Baba trusts.

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The Economic Times

20 Jun, 2011, 12.57PM IST,

Man held with Sai trust cash sent to custody

HYDERABAD: A man arrested with Rs.35 lakh allegedly belonging to the Sathya Sai Central Trust was Monday sent to judicial custody for a week.

A local court in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district remanded Harishnanda Shetty in custody till June 27. Police presented the arrested man along with the money recovered from him before the magistrate.

Shetty was arrested by the police early Sunday at a toll gate near Hindupur town when he was shifting the cash from Puttaparthi to Bangalore .

He reportedly told the police that a driver of one of the trust members gave him the money for handing it over to a person in Bangalore.

A police officer said they were questioning two trust employees to trace the source of the money.

Sathay Sai Baba’s nephew and trust member R.J. Ratnakar Sunday clarified that the trust has nothing to do with the cash. He said in a statement that the cash belongs to 12 devotees and they would give all the details to the police.

Director General of Police Aravinda Rao Monday said investigations were on in the case.

The money was seized two days after the trust opened Yajur Mandir, the residential chamber of the Sathay Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi.

The trust Friday declared that it found Rs.11.56 crore, 98 kg gold and gold jewellery, and 307 kg of silver articles inside the chamber and these have been deposited with the State Bank of India.

The arrest and recovery of money at Hindupur came amid apprehensions in a section of devotees that huge amounts of cash and jewellery were shipped out of Yajur Mandir when Sathya Sai Baba was battling for life at a hospital. He passed away April 24.

Bangalore/Puttaparthi: A day after Rs 35 lakh cash was seized from a Qualis vehicle at Kodikonda checkpost, the Anantapur on Sunday morning recovered at least Rs 5 crore stuffed in two gunny bags from a government-owned Puttaparthi-Bangalore Volvo bus. Police detained two Tamil Nadu-based men and took them to a secret location in Anantapur for interrogation.

The two were trying to take away the cash in the guise of passengers. Sources said the money was seized at Kothacheruvu, 12 km from Puttaparthi and 145 km from Bangalore.

“Acting on a tip-off, police stopped the Bangalore-bound bus at Kothacheruvu and recovered the gunny bags loaded with currency notes. Police detained two men and took them to Anantapur along with the money,” sources said. Police suspect that the cash, said to be anywhere between Rs 5 crore and Rs 10 crore, was being brought from Puttaparthi.

The twin cash recovery has only added fuel to rumours that valuables are being discreetly shifted from Sathya Sai Baba’s abode, an exercise that is said to have started soon after Baba was hospitalised. Also, the unaccounted cash points to a deep-rooted network of a hawala racket thriving in Puttaparthi, sources in the town reported.

Anantapur district SP Shahnawaz Qasim on Sunday said legal notices were being served to the key persons mentioned by those nabbed while shifting out the money from Prasanthi Nilayam. “Those who were caught have revealed names of people in the Trust. We will interrogate them,” he said. Nobody has so far come forward to claim the cash. “We have informed the I-T department and will produce the cash before court on Monday,” the SP said.

He said three persons __ Harishnanda Shetty, Sohan Shetty and driver Sekhar __ were arrested in connection with the recovery of Rs 35 lakh from the Sai Trust vehicle at Kodikonda checkpost on Karnataka border late on Saturday night. The cash was reportedly given by Trust member V Srinivasan and R J Ratnakar at Santhi Bhavan to Srinivasan’s driver Sekhar, who handed it over to Harishnanda Shetty, an engineer involved in the construction of Baba’s Maha Samadhi, to hand it over to an anonymous person in Bangalore. The cash was recovered from a Qualis (registration No. HP 66-0999). Harishnanda Shetty was earlier a site engineer working in Shankar Narayana Construction Ltd in Bangalore. He belongs to Kotakkam village near Udupi in Karnataka. Sources said when police grilled Harishnanda Shetty, Sohan Shetty, another engineer, and Sekhar, the names of Srinivasan and Ratnakar came to light.

According to sources, Rs 35 lakh was kept aside in Yajur Mandir during the inventory session. It was later kept at Shanthi Bhavan with the help of chief security officer Pradhan of Sai Central Trust. “Srinivasan and Ratnakar called up Sekhar and entrusted him the task of shifting Rs 35 lakh to the anonymous person in Bangalore. Sekhar gave the money to Sohan Shetty and Harishanada Shetty,” sources said.

The three took two different vehicles to Bangalore and police stopped the two vehicles, but found the unaccounted cash in Harish’s vehicle on the Karnataka border under Chilamanthur police station limits.

The mystery over the treasure trove inside Sai Baba’s personal chambers in Yajur Mandir was unravelled on Friday with the disclosure that it contained 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver apart from Rs 11.56 crore in cash. The Yajur Mandir had remained closed ever since Baba was hospitalised on March 28. He had passed away on April 24.

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TIMES OF INDIA. Hyderabad

Sai Trust member denies charges

TNN | Jun 20, 2011, 12.12am IST

PUTTAPARTHI: Sai Baba’s nephew and Sai Central Trust member R J Rathnakar on Sunday said the Trust has no connection to the cash seized by the police near Kodikonda checkpost. He said that the cash belonged to 12 Baba devotees and that they would claim in the court of law by producing the necessary documents. He also said the Qualis vehicle did not belong to the Trust.While reiterating that the Trust followed the system of accounting in letter and spirit, Rathnakar said they never transacted in unaccounted money and all the transactions were effected only through cheques.In the morning, Baba’s caregiver Satyajit, Rathnakar and senior Trust member S V Giri opened Yajur Mandir and went inside. Their visit assumes significance as it came immediately after Saturday night’s seizure of Rs 35 lakh.Meanwhile, rumours were doing the rounds that the protocol vehicle of Trust member and ex-CJI P N Bhagawati was also involved in the illegal shifting of money from Prasanthi Nilayam. District officials said Bhagawati was given the government vehicle as per protocol since he was the former chief justice of India.

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Further Reading

The money behind Sai Baba (by Hari Sampath)

The Sathya Sai Baba set-up: How it works, by Hari Sampath

Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy

Ex-Chief Justice of India, P.N. Bhagwati Exposed

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

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 1, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 29, 2011

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Has Sathya Sai Baba’s Will Been Found? Which Will will Prevail? Divine Will or Earthly Will?

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 19, 2011

In a communication just received, a private source of information relates:

“Bhagwati is pro Satyajit and hence threatened to quit the trust, but was pacified. Day before yesterday in a trust meeting, several trust members walked out in a huff. Some trust members are being spied upon by Ratnakar’s agents. My sources tell me that Trust legal advisor Naganand has actually admitted a will was found”.

I feel that we have reasonably, and at quite some length, exposed ex-Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati.

                                                                                       Sri Sathya Sai Trust’s P.N. Bhagwati – “No Replacement For Baba”

See my articles:

Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 4, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 1, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 29, 2011

I regret, however, that I am not able to proceed with information that I have received, separately, from legal and retired diplomatic sources, which wish to remain highly circumspect.

I will say, however, that I trust there will be alert researchers from the media and other investigative areas who are able to get a bead on how Bhagawati went in pursuit of his United Nations and Chief Justice of India jobs. There is salient opinion of him around Lincoln Court Inn and other legal watering places redolent of his London days. If bona fide investigators contact me, I should be able to point in some useful directions. Email address:  barpittard@gmail.com

Such alert investigators may like to see what they can uncover about the jeweller in Bangalore who long made many gold and silver ornaments, subsequently “materialized” by Sathya Sai Baba. Even nearer to Puttaparthi, journalists should not have too much difficulty in tracking down another such jeweler. Further afield, we are informed, are a jeweler in Mumbai and another in Hyderabad. Still another lost his deal, and was, apparently, deeply upset. Again, we have some direction-pointing resources sleuths may like to use, if it would not lose too much face for them to ask a foreigner:  barrypittard@gmail.com, with professional assurances of confidentiality where required.

Among those sleuthing in and around Puttaparthi are:  Daijiworld Media Network—Anantapur, near to Puttaparthi in the State of Andhra Pradesh,  and feeders for The New Indian Express Group.

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Sai Trust divided over Sathya Sai’s will

The New Indian Express
Updated Jun 19, 2011 at 09:36am IST
 Anantapur: By opening the doors of the Yajurveda Mandir, the legatees of Sathya Sai Baba may only have prised open a pandora’s box.

Along with large quantities of gold, silver and cash, the Sathya Sai Central Trust reportedly found the Baba’s diary and will, the contentious contents of which are widening the rifts within the trust. One group in the trust says the will mandated that prominence be given to the Sai Baba’s long-standing caregiver Satyajit. Another group is denying that a will had been found at all.

The issue of Satyajit’s role in future was the focus of a two-day meeting of the trust on June 14 and 15. Reliable sources say senior trust member and former Supreme Court judge PN Bhagwati is all for prominence to Satyajit.

Sai Trust divided over Sathya Sai's will

When this was opposed some members, he felt hurt and volunteered to withdraw from the trust.

But he was pacified and persuaded to reconsider his decision.

All the same, some senior members are in a serious sulk. One of them is said to have stomped out of Puttaparthi on Friday night, miffed that Satyajit has not been given prominence.

Source say that one member, a Sai veteran of 35 years, was so put out by alleged spying on his office in Puttaparthi, that he would leave Prashanti Nilayam.

Given such rifts in the trust, chances are the governing body may be dissolved, or its aged members allowed to retire after putting in place a working system. But it is highly unlikely that any one person will be given complete control. “Trust members may each be given a specific activity or Seva programmes to handle. This will prevent power being concentrated in a single individual,” a source said.

Meanwhile, Sai diehards, however, say that “things are slowly settling down” in Puttaparthi.

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Anantapur: Will Satyajit Head Satya Sai Baba Trust?

Daijiworld Media Network—Anantapur Anantapur, Jun 17: From the time the doors of Sai Baba’s personal chamber were opened on Friday June 17 and Ratnakar confirmed that about Rs 12 crore in cash and 98 kg gold were found inside the chamber, the media has been awaiting news of the appointment of a new head of the Trust.Satyajit, who hails from the coastal city of Mangalore, was in the news for taking over the Satya Sai Central Trust after the demise of Satya Sai Baba.However, the trustees denied that there were any plans of appointing Satyajit as the head of the trust though he was regarded as being the closest to Sai Baba. Satyajit was the caretaker and a disciple of Godman.According to reliable sources from Puttparthy, three members of the Trust – former Supreme Court judge Justice Bhagavathi, S V Giri, and L Srinivasan  proposed that a prominent post be given to Satyajit which was opposed by R J Ratnakar, nephew of Satya Sai Baba and a member of the Trust.It is learnt that Ratnakar wanted the Trust to give no importance to Satyajit under any circumstances.Reportedly, Baba had written a will appointing Satyajit as his successor. But Ratnakar denied this, saying no such will was found in Sai Baba’s chamber.

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After Decades of Dormancy, Some Indian Media Now Question Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 19, 2011

Given that Robert Priddy‘s and my dear friend the late V.K. Narasimhan was once its Editor, I find a touch of irony in seeing that the Express Group is one of those beginning, if timorously, to venture a critical opinion on Sathya Sai Baba.

With the honorable exception of India Today, our group has had to bust a gut and go blue in the face, in one futile attempt after another, to get leading Indian media to investigate Sathya Sai Baba and his cult.

As I have recounted several times elsewhere, the Editor of one of the top Indian newspapers told me privately:  Sai Baba and his people are too powerful to take on.

India is riven from top to bottom by all manner of gurus and astrologers. But worse are those in that country, which is otherwise admirable in many ways, who know of this and who do not stand up and speak out. The nation is condemned to scorn elsewhere. Diplomats and those with trade, finance and other ties with India alternatively curse, snigger and despair at her – often behind her back. These are simply facts. Sad facts, really.

In Indian press history, there are few Indian editors as respected as V.K.N., who was a man of fine courage, decency and intellect. We both edited at Puttaparthi, and both of us had tasks, now and then, of weeding out utterances of Sathya Sai Baba that struck us as likely to cause confusion among the faithful. See my: The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements.

V.K.N. was a rare case of one who was not a sycophant around Sathya Sai Baba. But, then, how important it was for Sathya Sai Baba to have someone like V.K.N. around him. And likewise for many other powerful, skilled manipulators all down history.

In this perspective, Sathya Sai Baba was, indeed, a master. How handy it is for a canny, charming, charismatic, but very flawed, leader to have around them the odd individual who seems to have a voice of his own. It can then appear that the leader respects minority individuals. The fawners gather around and applaud such independence as the leader allows, though they are cowards themselves.

But it is all more subtle than this. To the one who is not required to flatter the Emperor, it is most flattering not to have to flatter the Emperor. Thus is the non-flatterer flattered. And enfeebled.

And in India, there is another powerful ingredient. It been in the psychic conditioning for millennia, as I was able to observe close up in my several years in that ancient culture, moving among very rich and very poor. It is the power of the guru figure, and of other cultural icons – movie stars and cricketers especially – that makes a great many Indians lose any strong self-center. Down on their bellies – becoming like earthworms.

I have sometimes both smiled and felt saddened when I have seen Indian political or religious or rationalist radicals, fall for this profound and endemic cultural spell. I think very few in India are able to stop and ponder to a point of catharsis, and of consequent pragmatic change, such a concept as ‘feet of clay’. That is to say, very few who will systematically and resolutely refuse the mystification. India may be plucky enough to face the Chinese, or the Pakistanis, and, even more formidably, the Australians at cricket – but she won’t face her gurus.

It has struck me that considerations like the above snatched away true independence from V.K.N., whom I loved dearly, and still do. I also think these factors play an important role in enfeebling the Indian media and government and other institutions in taking on someone so big as Sathya Sai Baba. Smaller gurus here and there – fine, selectively pick them off. The Indian media and others, sometimes the police (although usually at the behest of power brokers) will go after them. But when it comes to real courage – no. In the West, we fail to deal with the Mr Big’s of crime, and tend to fill the jails with the footsoldiers.

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Satya Sai Trusts assurances fall flat

indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:11pm IST
PUTTAPARTI (Anantapur): Satya Sai Central Trust had, on several occasions, dismissed several speculations on why Yajurveda Mandiram was not being opened and assured repeatedly that all was well and if the doors were opened, it would be done in the presence of revenue and police officials, members of Satya Sai Baba’s family and the media.

But on Thursday, when the doors of Yajruveda Mandiram, the abode of Satya Sai, were opened, none of the assurances was kept.

Only trust members and two retired judges were present.

No district administration or pol ice official, leave alone mediapersons, was present.

Questions are now being asked about lack of transparency in the functioning of Satya Sai Central Trust.

Questions are also being raised as to why the relatives of Satya Sai, except Ratnakar, were not allowed inside the building.

Even Baba’s grand niece Chittemma had been kept in the dark about the unlocking of Baba’s residence. Though the trust appeals to people not to have any misgivings on the Yajurveda Mandiram, its way of functioning gives rise to the same suspicions and misconceptions.

In the words of PN Bhagwati, trust board member and former chief justice of India, the reopening of the Mandiram in the presence of all trust members is justified and can be considered transparent as per the constitution.

ANANTAPUR: Sri Satya Saibaba’s dream project `Vidya Vahini’ aimed at providing quality education to rural children was launched in Chandranagar in Nandigama mandal in Krishna district on Friday.

The project, to which industrialist Ratan Tata came forward to fund, was announced by Saibaba on his birthday last year, for improving rural education.

The project was formally launched by Vidya Vahini state incharge PRK Prasad, in the school run by Saibaba devotee Tirupathaiah, in Chandranagar.

Meanwhile, Ratan Tata, came to Puttaparthy by a special helicopter on Friday afternoon. He drove straight to Santhi Bhavan and later had the darshan of Baba’s Mahasamadhi at Sai Kulwant hall.

Before leaving Puttaparthy, Ratan went to Yajur mandir where he spent some time with the trust members.

Several eyebrows were raised over Ratan Tata visiting Yajur mandir while counting of currency and gold ornaments was on.

It may noted that the trust member Ratnakar declared the details of the cash, gold and silver ornaments in the Yajur mandir, just after Ratan Tata left.

Several questions have been raised whether Ratan Tata’s visit to Yajur mandir now is accidental or preplanned.

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Reports of Sathya Sai Central Trust Van Laden With Treasure Seized By Andhra State Police

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 19, 2011

FLASH

This story seems only broken as yet via the India Today television news channel.

Overnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time), a usually reliable source of ours with Andhra Pradesh-related police sources reported that Andhra Pradesh State Police have intercepted a Sathya Sai Central Trust van heavily laden with treasure, and arrested three. It seems that the driver has confessed to being  an employee of the Trust. 

Key words noted in the India Today news segment include:

 “Puttaparthi cash haul”……. ” huge cash seized from Sai Baba trust van”………. “Sathya Sai Trust van intercepted and huge cash haul in bags” ……” Van and occupants arrested in Kodikonda checkpost in Ananthapur” ……. “driver confesses being Sathya Sai trust van driver coming from Puttaparthi”…….. “cash seized being held on the spot” ……currency counting machines being rushed to the spot”

Interesting Earlier Sathya Sai Central Trust Statements

This date of this Megamedia News article coincides with the day of Sai Baba’s death:  Sai Baba’s wealth in distress now. 3:22 PM, Monday, April 25th, 2011. But, as reported in an Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST, a prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of ManagementVenu Srinivasan stated:

“In the light of baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that the accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed these have been engineered by certain vested interests”. (Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST).

In a very long Press Release by The Trustees and the Council of Management of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust on April 28, 2011 (four days after Sai Baba’s death), it is stated:

18. In light of the baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that these accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed that these have been engineered by certain vested interests with a view to defame the fair name of the Trust, its functionaries and the Trustees. There is no truth whatsoever in these allegations.

19. All transactions of the Trusts are duly accounted in their books of account. An experienced and qualified chartered accountant oversees the accounting and financial management. The accounts are duly audited by a reputed firm of Chartered Accountants based at Delhi. Periodical returns, accounts and audit reports as prescribed by law are duly filed with the concerned authorities under the Income Tax Act, FCRA and other applicable statutes. There is no proceeding initiated against any of the Trusts by any authority under any statute alleging any impropriety or violation of law.”

But who can possibly believe them?

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An old article of mine springs into relevance: 

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2007

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See next article to follow the above – to be front paged tomorrow: 

After Decades of Dormancy, Some Indian Media Now Question Sathya Sai Baba

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The Telegraph. Calcutta

Open sesame! Baba & his chamber of secrets
G.S. RADHAKRISHNA
From the Telegraph, Calcutta article “Open Sesame! Baba and his chamber of secrets”


June 17: Nike and Adidas sneakers. Whole cupboards of perfume and hairspray. Packets full of — and gold crowns studded with — diamonds.

Total worth Rs 35 crore and counting.

The world knew that Sai Baba lived in a cocoon of riches. Only since yesterday has it seen for itself.

Around 8.30 on Thursday morning, the doors were thrown open at Yajur Mandir, the late spiritual leader’s two-storey living quarters at the centre of his Puttaparthi ashram that had been out of bounds for almost everyone for the past 25 years.

A team of chartered accountants, income-tax and bank officials, and members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust walked into the half-dozen rooms to which only Satyajit, the monk’s personal attendant for the past 20 years, had so far had access.

What they found, after Satyajit negotiated the combination locks and biometric security, left everyone staggered, ashram sources said.

If the Rs 11.5 crore in currency notes stashed in cabinets were a surprise, hardly anyone had expected separate almirahs for hair spray and expensive shoes, for dry fruits and biscuits. (See chart)

Thirty-six hours on, the bank officials and student volunteers from the Sathya Sai Educational Institute had just finished counting the cash, aided by three machines from the State Bank of India (SBI). The inventory of jewellery and stones was still incomplete late tonight.

“There are numerous cloth packets with diamonds, whose number and value has not yet been assessed. They and most other valuables will be shifted to the vaults of the SBI’s Puttaparthi branch,” said a trust member.

Some of the gold, silver and personal belongings will stay on at Yajur Mandir, which will be converted into a museum for the monk, who is believed to have left behind assets of Rs 40,000 crore to Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Only a handful of VIP visitors had ever been inside the building, and even they would have seen only the outer chamber where the Sai Baba received them.

The complex was locked immediately after the monk was admitted to hospital on March 28, four weeks before he died on April 24. Even yesterday and today, nobody other than the official team was allowed in. Nobody except one unexpected visitor.

Tata visit

If the riches were a surprise, a second surprise greeted the ashram authorities this morning. Industrialist Ratan Tata, a Sai Baba devotee, arrived unannounced at the Prashanti Nilayam.

Tata flew into Bangalore by a chartered plane and drove in a Mercedes to Puttaparthi, 435km from Hyderabad. He was allowed to enter Yajur Mandir as a special case and spent 45 minutes there.

“He was searching for something he wanted to check. We don’t know what he was looking for and whether he found it, but he did not take anything,” one of the trustees said.

A Sai Institute student who was there said: “Our trust member Ratnakar Raju (a nephew of Sai Baba) spent about 15 minutes with Tata discussing something.”

Tata left Puttaparthi in the evening.

Related Readings

Sathya Sai Baba Buried Treasure: Media and Government Need To Probe Sai Central Trust

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 18, 2011

‘Secret Swami’ (Late) Sai Baba: Vast Millions In Hoard Found Hidden In His Palace-Temple

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 18, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba’s Residence Unlocked. Vast Treasury Uncovered

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 17, 2011

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Sathya Sai Baba Claimed He Will Resurrect After 40 Days

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 4, 2011

Amid the dust and decay of his many unfulfilled prophecies, Sathya Sai Baba died 25 April 2011. Yet he foretold that the most of the world would come kneel at his feet.

But of course, he will remain dead. And, except for small parts of it, the world has never been aware of him. That is to say, despite all his untruthful, propagandistic speeches ( and those of his carefully selected keynote speakers) given from the Puttaparthi stage saying that the whole world is becoming aware of his glory. Most of the world press did not cover his death, and those that did gave it no such column inches as the media in India.

Rather, the world is only too likely to adhere to its own multiplicity of belief systems, some of which profoundly disallow any such evangel as that of Sathya Sai Baba.

Contrary to the beliefs rife among his devotees, both (supposedly) educated and the non-educated, he will resurrect.

Some sections of the Indian press – hitherto loathe to publish inimically on Sathya Sai Baba – now report various claims, each report serving to show how deeply compromised in their blind belief his devotees are, including the current President, Prime Minister, and many central, state and local government officials, across party political lines, not to mention a great many others. The Times of India informs:

Baba said he would return stronger, claims book

TNN, Apr 24, 2011, 03.10am IST

PUTTAPARTHI: Did Sathya Sai Baba have premonition 10 years ago that he would fall seriously ill? Yes, claim his followers. According to them, Sai Baba had predicted in 2000 that he would be indisposed for 40 days but would come back strong to give darshan to his devotees.

This was revealed in a book ‘Tapovanam — Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba Satcharitra Nityaparaya-nam’   in which the author Jandhyala Venkateswara Sastry has written an essay on Baba’s ill-health. Sai Baba had told his students at his Sai Shruti ashram in Kodaikanal in 2000: ”Though most of my disciples fall at my feet, they don’t know my real value. A time would come when I would vanish and take a walk across the skies. During that phase, my body would face serious health problems and devotees would be desperately praying for my recovery.”

A great many Sathya Sai Baba devotees are familiar with his statements that he would forsake aircraft and “move across the sky”.  I doubt whether I shall bother to stick my head out the window to see any such event.  However, if he does appear, his devotees will crow louder than the fowl yard at dawn, and, eyes agleam, let the rest of us know.

At the moment, there does not even appear the chance of a dazzling darshan in the sky of a flying gilded coffin.

Although some devotees are exciting other devotees with accounts of wondrous visions. Interesting – because Sai Baba has on various occasions told devotees to disregard such visions. Contradictorily, he has also told devotees that so long as dreams of him are clear, then they indeed come from him.

His predicted death date in the following quote clashes with at least two other dates for his death (although neither he nor his devotees have used such a bland term as ‘death’). The very commonly referred to death-date is 96, but the one on the left hand side (1963) below indicates an age of 93 years. The text on the right hand (of 2003) makes clear the date that many Sai devotees commonly referred to.

For the madcap attempts to rationalise these dates, and other palpable absurdities, see: 

Sathya Sai Baba Is Dead. Said He Would Rule the World and Die Aged 96

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions

“I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.”

Wealthy Americans Prepare Mansions For “God’s” Visit

 ‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him

An alert media only has to do a bit of research among decades of official Sathya Sai literature to see that stories such as the one the Times of India now prints have been around for years. It redounds to the Indian media’s great discredit that it has, almost all of it, decade after decade, failed to make even the most perfunctory attempt to hold Sathya Sai Baba and the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust to any sort of account. That a number of leading foreign print and television media have investigated shames not only the Indian media but India herself, for being so corrupt. See: 

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

UK Guardian On Sathya Sai Baba and Duke’s Awards

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

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

Suicide, sex and the guru – The Times of London. The reputation of Sai Baba, a holy man to the rich and famous, has been tarnished by mysterious deaths and allegations of sexual abuse

Fortunately for media, government and institutional researchers, academics such as Robert Priddy and Brian Steel refrained from doing what many other former devotees have done, who destroyed their Sai Baba publications and other acquisitions. Priddy and Steel have subjected various key texts to rational and compelling comparison and analysis. Their vast amount of work will save scholars and other keen investigators huge amounts of time in getting to the relevant and revealing works and sections of works.

Rather than the much vaunted “Glory of Puttaparthi” and endless other such epithets, what we see in the following is the Folly of Puttaparthi:

This official publication verifies Sai Baba's death date prediction of 96 years

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