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

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 13, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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Nancy Wake, WW2 Australian Heroine – A Timeless Role Model

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Upside Down Chair In A Sathya Sai Baba College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 24, 2009

For several months of each year, the British pianist David Bailey taught music at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi, founded in November 1981,which became the Sri Sathya Sai University. For a number of years, Bailey was in a unique role – a westerner with extraordinary access to Sathya Sai Baba, who also assigned him to envoy duties to a number of countries, which is a role he has assigned to very few, such as Indulal Shah, V.K. Narasimhan, Dr V.K. Gokak, Dr S. Bhagavatham, Dr D.J. Gadhia, Dr Michael Goldstein, J. Jadadeesan, Professor Al Drucker.

David Bailey’s wife, Faye, prior to marrying him, had been prominent in the functions of the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia. Sathya Sai Baba arranged their marriage and officiated at their wedding.

David and Faye Bailey. Authors of 'The Findings'. An historic and lengthy indictment of Sathya Sai Baba, by two former and very close disciples

David and Faye Bailey. Authors of 'The Findings'. An historic and lengthy indictment of Sathya Sai Baba, by two former and very close disciples

Great was their – and indeed the general – surprise at this turn of events, but they,  accepting him as their guru, complied. They are still together. However, having left him after boys from the college and also troubled devotees from around the world came to them with harrowing accounts of sexual abuse of boys and young men, and other forms of abuse, they eventually found the pressure of speaking out to be too much to bear (It is not, a small few of us note, one of the world’s magnetic attractions) . They did not, though, vacate the critical scene before having written a long document, entitled ‘The Findings’ (click on title, below).

Shortly, I intend to  blog further on the matter, referring to the account of the U.S. author and journalist, Michelle Goldberg.

For more regarding the Terry Gallagher who is mentioned in ‘The Findings’, see HERE. He was the former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, who resigned after strenuously investigating the allegations of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual molestation of boys and young men, and confronting Sai Baba himself.

Excerpt from:

The Findings by David and Faye Bailey, U.K.

“I had to find someone who had had the same level of experience as I had.

I began to look for Terry Gallagher, an Australian whom, I heard, had been close to Swami before my time. Terry had been Central Coordinator for the Sai organisation in Australia for three years, and had been given very preferential treatment from Sai Baba for a number of years. I traced him to Kiama in New South Wales, Australia.

I knew he had left the ashram vowing never to return, and I wanted to know why? I soon found out. Terry had discovered the unmentionable inner workings of Sai Baba as I had now done. Exactly the same… but more. Terry left, never to return after the assassination attempt by ex-students in 1993. I wanted to know what Terry knew. I soon did”.

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Excerpt From Public Petition (With Barry Pittard’s comments)

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

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

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL)


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Sai Baba Vs Kerry Packer

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 18, 2007

The late Kerry Packer, Australia’s richest man, who redefined cricket forever, has a contender in Sathya Sai Baba of South India.

One of a slew of Sai Baba propagandist ploys to gain international attention has been to create a world-class cricket pitch in Puttaparthi. Planners were former Indian cricket greats like Sunil Gavaskar and E.A.S. Prasanna. The inaugural event was a cricket match played at Sai Baba’s Hill View Stadium on December 30, 1997, billed as the Sri Sathya Sai Unity Cup. The trophy itself was a huge – and very real- gold cup. The international engineering giant Larsen & Toubro, with inputs from famous Indian cricketing experts, prepared the grounds, a short walk from Sai Baba’s ashram. (On the day, I was taking photos for the internationally distributed Spiritual Impressions, a magazine which I was editing along with the owner, R. Padmanaban).

Such A Thing As A Free Lunch – And Breakfast?

Somewhat like the Roman ‘pompa’, the game opened with a ‘grand’ parade. There was a brass band composed of Sai Baba’s university students. Thousands of villagers spectated from the surrounding hill. Sai Baba’s caparisoned elephant led flag-bearing devotees from many different countries from around the world, who marched around one side of the arena, coming to lay their flags at Sai Baba’s ‘feet’ in the presence of the Indian Prime Minister, I.K. Gujral, and other high government and other dignitaries. The Indian national broadcaster Doordarshan televised the match throughout, and images of the event went later to many different countries, including Great Britain via the BBC. There was free breakfast and lunch for all.

Caught and Bowled By Sai Baba

Surely there had to be a catch. But who was caught? Who was bowled? All of us – who were blinded by the pomp and ceremony created to hide the corruption. Like the Puttaparthi cover-up concerning the police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993. Like the serial sexual abuse of boys and young men by Sai Baba and other accomplices. Like the frequent faking of miracles. Like his forever uneventuating promised cures for dread diseases. Like the many failed predictions. Like the shameless scams practised down the years by his administration – and realised by many devotees! – relating to the purchase of apartments at his ashrams. Like the vast unaccountability of some of the billions in many currencies that flow from many countries to the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

Caught and bowled – all of us who thought what we called ‘the Sai Revolution’ – one of truth, goodness, peace and love – was ready to transform the world. Who else? The Indian people. Unutterably sad, that. Those who, in short, treated me with almost unimaginable and exquisite kindness in the years I lived in that country, so great in its cultural treasures, so bravely served in her fight for Independence, so profoundly betrayed by so many of her politicians. That beautiful people – but many of whom are still terribly prone to worship as demigods their cricketing greats, film stars, etc., with no less hysteria than they worship gurus, many of whom, like Sai Baba himself, prove to have feet of clay.

I saw many women, no less than the men, crazed with adulation for the Indian cricketers whose bus somehow, at a snail’s pace at times, had to chug its way out of Puttaparthi. I may add, from an impeccable source with close connections to Sai Baba’s Security Wing, that the news of those killed and injured in the immense crushes was able to be suppressed by the ashram authorities.

Attempt to Fetch Nonagenarian Sir Donald Bradman

Sai Baba’s objective – about which little if anything has flourished since – was to get the world’s top cricketers to play there. At Puttaparthi close to the time of the December 1997 match, I was at the same lunch table in the canteen as Prasanna. Hearing that I was Australian, he told me that they had asked Sir Donald Bradman to attend a match but that he declined on the grounds of ill-health. Bradman, far more the icon of Australia than Sai Baba is or ever will be of India, was the world’s greatest cricket player and died aged 92 in February 2001. The effort to draw world attention to the match was obvious. The organizers were able to go so far as to attempt to bring the terribly aged and already ailing Bradman – then in his 90’s! – to travel to India, despite all the health crises that can strike foreigners not used to its water, food, climate and so on. ‘Puttaparthi belly’ could have finished him off in a trice.

Gavaskar Bowled Out In A Fabrication

Sunil Gavaskar, the great former Indian Test captain and long-time devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, maintained a fiction about the match being genuinely international. On a piece for Sai Baba’s official website, he said:

“So, the Unity Cup was played with players from all over the world including Pakistan”:
http://saibaba.ws/experiences1/
realisingsupremebeatitude.htm

How impressive it sounds – “from all over the world”. Pieces like this are all grist for the ceaselessly grinding mill of Dr G.Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s Dr Joseph Goebbels, who, with his team at Radio Sai, is going all out promote Sai Baba with satellite radio, Sai Global Harmony, beamed to every possible corner of the globe via the WorldSpace Corporation.

Hardly Any Nations Turned Up

The match failed to fetch players from West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, New Zealand, Australia, and any of the scores of nations where cricket is taken seriously. The ridiculously named ‘world XI’ was captained by Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga. The Indian team’s captain was Sachin Tendulkar. England was slenderly represented by Doug Brown in what otherwise remained a game of Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans. Pakistan sent a few players, including ‘Boom Boom’ Shahid Afridi (players from the past Hanif Mohamed and Zaheer Abbas were non-playing Pakistani guests). Sri Lanka provided six players. Former Test captain Clive Lloyd presented the trophy. India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan televised the match. In the commentator’s box was ‘Kiri’, Syed Kirmani, often hailed as India’s best ever wicket keeper, who became a Chairman of Selectors for India. He was no doubt well ‘selected’ for the day’s job at the Sri Sathya Sai Unity Cup, since he quite often dropped all objective commentary of the match being played, instead indulging in rhapsodic eulogies on Sai Baba. I saw the Doordarshan producer repeatedly directing attention of the camera crew to features of the grandiose architecture like Sai Baba’s university, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Segments of the game were telecast round the world, including Great Britain.

India – or rather, one should say, Sai Baba’s propaganda machine – won the day.

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

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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