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Who Will Speak Out?

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 21, 2014

Who Will Speak Out? Barry Pittard. 21 March 2014

Who will step forward? Who simply will speak out?

Why the big load heaped on the shoulders of so few?

Like Nelson Mandela or Gandhi the Mahatma

Like  Simone Weil or Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

And the small band of others across time

Many not named or else famed and soon-forgotten

Who will walk like these? Who simply will step forward?

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Standing up, speaking out, stepping forward

Even though, even though – the numbers need to grow

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Or who will be timid, and show kids how to back-step?

Or who will teach boldness by ourselves being bold?

Like Martin Luther King or Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop

Like the Dalai Lama or Wangari Maathai 

And the small band of others across time

Their eyes on the straight point of their compass of conscience

Simple as a fable, just as pointed, and as true

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Standing up, speaking out, stepping forward

Even though, even though – their numbers need to grow

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… Why does it take war before we snap awake?

… Or a Royal Commission before we listen

… To the rivers across the years of people’s tears

… Who have no protection when bullies oppress them

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Who will step forward? Who simply will speak out?

Why the big load heaped on the shoulders of so few?

Like Malala Yousafzai or Liu Xiaobo

Like the Irish peace women or Andrei Sakharov

And the small band of others across time

Many not named – or else famed and soon forgotten

Who will walk like these? Who will simply step forward?

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Standing up, speaking out, stepping forward

Even though, even though – the numbers need to grow

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… Why does it take war before we snap awake?

… Or a Royal Commission before we listen

… To the rivers across the years of people’s tears

… Who have no protection when bullies oppress them

 

Except when we are –

Standing up, speaking out, stepping forward …

 

 

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Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop

 Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

“If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don’t get it, it’s not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child.” Malala Yousafzai

“Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and we should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don’t need a diploma to plant a tree”.  Wangari Muta Maathai – Unbowed, pp. 137-138.

 

“Nonviolence is not a thing that comes easily. You have to learn how to be nonviolent.”
Betty Williams

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Many Contradictions In Sathya Sai Baba Official Literature

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 19, 2010

Worldwide, when deeply concerned people in very large numbers left Sathya Sai Baba – commencing circa 2000 – one of their most typical and prompt responses was to get rid of all the paraphernalia that belonged to devotion to this guru. This meant:  the books, the official newsletter, Sanathana Sarathi,  the photos, rings, pendants, robes, and so on, which would otherwise bring back memories far more painful than joyful.

Fortunately, since the books and publications such as Sanathana Sarathi, individuals of scholarly mind, such as Robert Priddy,  Brian Steel and Alexandra Nagel, realised the importance of preserving documentation. These now prove to be most revelatory in self-damaging ways that could never have been the intention of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult leaders.

Robert Priddy was a contributor to Sanathana Sarathi, and much respected by its editor, the renowned (retired to Puttaparthi) Indian newspaper editor, V.K. Narasimhan (See photo). For those who like to delve into archives, here are Priddy’s articles from that widely-distributed publication. They state positions very different to what he has taken, as a major dissenter, in the last decade. Priddy was co-founder and longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway.

 

Spiritual Insight
Transcends Science
March ’88, p. 63ff
Common sense
and Truth Sept.
’88, p. 246ff
The Eternal Verity
Oct. ’88, p. 269ff
From Fragmentation
to Synthesis
Jan. ’89, p. 17ff
Back to the Source
Feb. ’89, p. 45ff
What is
Inner Reality?
June ’89, p. 147ff
Human Unity
Holistic Understanding
Oct. ’89, p. 269ff
God’s Will
and Ours
Jan. ’90, p. 17ff
Language of Head
and Heart
May’90, p. 129ff
Towards Acceptance
of Suffering
Sept. ’90, p. 248ff
The Challenge
of Sai Baba’s Teachings
Feb. ’91, p. 43ff
Inquiry into
the Self
Apr, ’91, p. 101ff
Faith &
Certainty
July ’91, p. 189ff
Freedom
& Fate
June ’93, p. 165ff
Diversity, Unity,
Divinity
May ’94, 129ff
The Way
Beyond
Apr. ’94, p. 103ff
The Universal
World Teacher
July ’94, p. 186ff
Science & Spiritual
Knowledge
Sept. 1994, p. 234ff
Reflections on
Seeing Good
March 1995, p. 75ff
The Unfolding
Divine Saga
Nov. ’95, p. 24ff
Self-esteem, Basis
of Spirituality
May, ’96, p. 134ff
Playing the
Game of Life
July ’97, p. 184ff:
On Religious
& Other DifferencesJuly ’98, p. 182ff
 

 Recent Robert Priddy blogs have made effective use of Sanathana Sarathi. If there were ever to be a law case in which facts and myths could be separated from each other, this newsletter, which goes worldwide to devotees, would be of substantive value as stark  testimony. Unless India were to be delivered from the dire corruption which afflicts that in so many other ways magnificent nation, such a recourse is quite out of the question. In the meantime, such Priddy articles excellently show the dichotomy between Sathya Sai Baba’s officially recorded words, and his actions as we know them to be.

It is not that official Sai editors have not tried, since the glaring spotlight thrown on the cult by critical and competent minds, and the exposure in leading worldwide media, to expunge terrible indicting references from the literature emanating from Sai publishing venues. See:  The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements.

My reader who has time may like to go straight to the Priddy articles. In the meantime, see the sampling below.

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‘Everyone’ loves Me’ says Sathya Sai Baba, everyone will visit

Sathya Sai Speaks

“Equally, nobody is hostile to Bhagawan. Everyone loves and none hates Bhagawan. Bhagawan’s mission is well known.“
(Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam)

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me”

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

Robert Priddy comments:

“If one looks at any website which collects news items from the world, one will not find the name of Sathya Sai Baba there, (unless it is an Indian subcontinent news collection). Sai Baba’s usual pretense that the “whole world” knows about him, repeated yet again in the August discourse, is a directly laughable claim which would suggest how little he knows of the real world!

Despite his life-long afro-frizz and glaring orange robe and many other ways of attracting attention to himself, he is very far from being as oft-mentioned or anything like as recognisable as world-famous people are… such as Queen Elisabeth, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela, or countless presidents and prime ministers  and he can’t even measure his fame against top sportsmen like David Beckham & Tiger Woods, or an entire compendium of stage and screen stars! Does he actually imagine that 1.4 million Chinese have even heard of him, or most of the world’s 2 billion Christians, 1 billion Muslims, not to detail countless others who care nothing for an Indian swami? If so, he is completely out of touch in an ‘eternal omnipresent’ sphere of his own intense imagining”.

Sathya Sai Baba’s claims of financial poverty, non-ownership and self-sacrifice

Robert Priddy comments:

“Any near-exact estimate of the entire Sai holdings is impossible to make due to the extremely secretive Sathya Sai Central Trust and other funds over which he has control , but $10 billion would probably be a conservative guess. Calculating on the basis of membership figures and other estimates touted by the Sathya Sai Organisation, another source put the figure at $45 billion sometime after 2000. Since reliable information on everything about the Sai empire is never declared fully and their accounts are protected by the government, including the secrets of the many sources from which donations come (testimonies of deceased devotees, often their entire estates – such as the fortune of the famous film star James Mason, for one. A close relative of a friend of mine was induced to part with £1/4 million in her last will and testament to the Sathya Sai Central Trust when  Sai devotees – having already extracted tens of thousands of pounds from her for projects which never materialized – further concentrated on ‘love-bombing’ her in her aged frailty, giving her false hopes of salvation and so on”.

No accounts are available to anyone – other than undocumented annual gross sum statements by the authorities, who are often under Sai Baba’s influential thumb – as is well known to insiders -) The Sathya Sai Trust is exempt from taxation, and special freedom from import duties have been granted by his governmental followers. One certainly wonders where it all goes, apart from the opulent luxuries like charter jets, extravagant buildings, apartments and frequent costly festivals and huge ‘birthday bashes’!”

Sathya Sai Baba prophecies on his own death date(s)

Priddy relates:

“Sathya Narayana Raju (later Sathya Sai Baba) is reported by several devotee writers as having said he will die at the age 95 and/or 96 (in some places in India a person who is 95, yet is in-the 96th year, is said to be 96 years old.) On various occasions Baba has reportedly said in private that his life would last 96 years [eg by S. Balu, ‘Living Divinity’ London: Sawbridge Enterprises, 1981, p. 29] which age he finally confirmed in a discourse in 2000. Yet, contradictorily, in two early discourses in 1960 and 1961 respectively, he gave the length of his remaining life as 58 and 59 years (see scan of one instance below). This adds up to a life-span of only either 92 or 93 years! However, Mr. Ratan Lal, who was one of the closest associates of Sathya Sai Baba for many years, reported in a lecture at the ashram that  Sai Baba had repeated the prediction of 96 years personally to him, telling this to a friend of ours who edited his books for him (Anne-Irene). Moreover, Sai Baba had also told him that was no-one’s business when he would leave the body – he could even prolong his life if he deemed necessary! It certainly seems he was covering himself for whenever it actually happens”.

Sathya Sai Baba condemns his critics as “demons”

“The record to date shows, however, that Sathya Sai Baba’s self-described “glory” has not “gone on increasing day by day”. It has diminished in the eyes of the world (foreign devotees have dropped away in huge droves) and he is a wheelchair-bound invalid who very seldom smiles and who is actually reported by close servitors as crying much of the day! (see here)

Among the elite of Indian politics, many worship Sathya Sai Baba. One small example: in an article in the International Herald Tribune, the Indian pundit Shashi Tharoor actually endorsed Sathya Sai Baba as a genuine miracle maker and virtually all-knowing person – see more here“.

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Does ‘Forgiveness’ Mean Letting Offenders Ride Rough Shod Over Us?

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 8, 2010

In a list of systemically misleading topics, ‘forgiveness’ would have to rank near the top. Wooly notions about it all too readily allow perpetrators to go free and without challenge. They can remain perpetrators, and their victims left in abject circumstance. Those who advocate passive types of forgiveness too often invite themselves to be trodden upon. Still more, their modeling of a behaviour creates contexts which allow others around them to be trodden upon, as well.

I view foregiveness as the cultivation of an inner attitude, where – while still attending to what one conceives to be civil and ethical duties – one takes daily steps towards achieving an inner peace, and moves away from first reactions, such as thirsting for and implementing revenge. This inner attitude is far removed from notions such as peace at all costs, or the fool’s ‘paradise’ of avoidance of issues, of being in denial, of being lovey-dovey and wishy-washy, and of retreating to euphoric states.

I heard the Dalai Lama speak well on the subject of forgiveness, and made notes. See:  

Dalai Lama: Forgiveness does not mean forgetfulness

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 15, 2007

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The Public Petition   

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

About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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

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Joseph. Early Sathya Sai Baba Whistleblower

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 27, 2008

Particularly for those readers those who were Sathya Sai Baba followers for decades – who are continuing to leave the Sathya Sai Organization and gradually recovering memories of their experiences – I am reposting, having unposted, my first WP blog article at – https://barrypittard.wordpress.com

This February 2007 article was then entitled: Joseph’s Reaction. Was it shock of spiritual betrayal?

In exposing corruption, painstaking documentation, as accurate as one can get it under often trying circumstances, is paramount. Sources keep on opening. Including ones that go way back, and it is good to see memories being jogged. Much of the documentation we keep from the public domain, such as the Internet, where fanaticism, distortion, libel, slander, stalking and hatred can ride high. As I often point out in red so there can be no missing it, many former devotees welcome third party investigation by the best quality media, by scholars, and law enforcement agencies.

Documentation is much assisted by those with the rare gift of photographic memory, and also by those who kept careful written records. Yet when there is a sufficient pool of informants, where the chance of any collusion is remote or to be ruled out, the stream of informal information is also important.

It may be urged, and in part mistakenly so, that memory is too fallible to be any reliable guide. Hearsay can dominate. Non-primary evidence can obtrude itself. And so on. The game used by psychologists that is most often known as ‘Chinese Whispers’ (See Wikipedia reference below) illustrates the marked dangers of accounts passed from person to person and of phenomena such as rumor, gossip. However, there are well-established methodologies by which to significantly counteract such problems. Sometimes, commonsense is not to be ruled out as a useful factor.

Resource

Chinese Whispers, Wikipedia Reference

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“The mire was deep, & the child did weep”. William Blake, Songs of Innocence.

 
Let me start with one of a number of experiences that haunt me and will not let my conscience be stilled. In 1979, in the crowd awaiting Sai Baba’s public appearance (darshan), Joseph (USA) sat along with the rest of us.

I knew him well enough, and it was he who found me accommodation on my first arrival with wonderfully simple and decent village folk in Kadogodi, behind Sathya Sai Baba’s Whitefield ashram. He had told me that he was formerly a college lecturer in French. Called a hippy by the village children (who may have been somewhat right), he appeared to be in his thirties, and was one of three or so Westerners remaining after the hippies and others had departed from Sai Baba in the late sixties.

Joseph began to discourse, for all of us to hear, and I sat just behind him. At times with rising stress levels, and with moral outrage, he repeated that that some college boys had told him Sai Baba had asked a number of them (in Joseph’s words) to “line up and masturbate.” On the third or so day of Joseph’s dark rumblings, six hefty Indian male service volunteers (seva dals) came and carried him out onto the street, ordering him not to return. I expect any of the thousand or so present can never forget the fight that the immensely powerful Joseph put up, roaring out the accusations for all to hear. A very distressed Indian man said to me, “If Sai Baba is God, why do they need to use all this violence against this man?” An hour afterwards, one of the volunteers told me that his duty of ejecting Joseph was “like wrestling a tiger.” He told me that his part in manhandling of Joseph saddened him because they had known each other affectionately.

For the next days, while people awaited darshan, Joseph climbed a tree outside the ashram wall, and again cried out the allegations for us all to hear. Then, he was gone. I heard from a close friend and local resident, Siva Subramanian, a Tamil and retired grain merchant who knew some of the Tamil constables, that the Kadugodi village police had soundly thrashed Joseph, and sent him on his way.

So much, then, for the cardinal doctrine of ahimsa or non-violence – in the land that still daily venerates my great hero since I was a child, Mahatma Gandhi – along with the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King, a towering apostle of non-violence. Sai Baba everywhere preaches ahimsa, but does he – and do those around him – practise it? Many devotees will remember his brutal corrupt servitors like Kumar, the betel nut chewing, stick-wielding ex-superintendent of police, who was Sai Baba’s gatekeeper at Puttaparthi for many years. Diane, a woman in the Sathya Sai Baba group not far from where I live told me of her trauma at seeing violence perpetrated by some of Sai Baba’s assistants. She said it presented her with great doubts about Sai Baba but felt that she could not speak further. Her story is one of many such, a fact that devotees really need to face squarely.

Just a small few of the grave complaints about Sai Baba, which are strenuously covered up by his servitors:

  • Large-scale, serial sexual molestation of boys and young men
  • Being implicated in police killings in his bedroom on June 6, 1993, along with massive cover-up by his ashram authorities and local, state and central government and police
    Faking many miracles
  • Promising but not delivering miraculous cures
  • Making prophecies which have not eventuated
  • Giving accounts known by modern science to be completely unfounded
  • Contradicting himself, over long years, in published discourses
  • Massive misappropriation of funds donated by devotees worldwide
  • Presiding over a highly unaccountable financial empire
  • Creating myths about himself, which he permits to be used as the basis for materials in public exhibitions, like the museums at Puttaparthi and Mumbai
  • Falsifying his birth and school details
  • Plagiarising the sayings of others
  • Running a worldwide organisation that is extreme in its lack of public accountability and transparency, and which hides certain core, but embarrassing beliefs and agendas when it runs its recruitment drives in luxurious, costly venues.

And, alas, Etc., etc.

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