Sathya Sai’s good works
Posted by robertpriddy on July 17, 2007
Drumming up support
Good works there are, and all these are always financed and carried out by others than Sathya Sai Baba himself. It is indisputable that Sathya Sai Baba has drummed up some enthusiasm about - and sometimes partly overseen – numerous social projects in India that are of considerable value to whoever can benefit from them, and he has apparently motivated many people here and there to try to do good works in their own countries. This kind of inspiration and results are not as unique and world-beating as he and his staff make it out to be. We live in a world where good works have every been done selflessly and are still to the fore in millions of people’s daily lives, but this is not a theme Sai Baba takes up, for it is really only his own works that he praises. The big problem about the Sathya Sai Baba service work remains, that it is done in the name of a person who has told many outright lies (see just a few examples here, here, here, here), has behaved fraudulently with sleight-of-hand on many occasions, and is widely and credibly accused of many sexual abuses and of being an accomplice to a murder cover-up.
The Cultish Sai movement
Those who are members in his Organization must believe that Sathya Sai Baba alone is God Incarnate, here and now, and openly to criticise Sai Baba is taboo and leads directly to expulsion from the organisation. This is the first mark of any cult… the utter supremacy of the leader! The Sai Baba movement as a whole is increasing its cult status by ignoring massive evidence and protecting an accused sexual abuser and suspected accomplice to murder from any form of investigation or indictment. This complicity is often conscious – but also often unwitting – being based on the out-of-hand rejection of any criticism of any kind against the guru figure in advance of considering the evidence, all in accordance with his teaching about himself.
As is well known, Sathya Sai claims to be behind all things that happens, so – by the same preposterous claim – he is necessarily to blame for everything that is wrong. The responsibility can’t be shoved onto us, as he nevertheless does, with his Janus faced teaching, when he turns around and says all that is bad is due only to human actions, not his! None of these assertions are ever properly explained by him. Instead, he continually makes use of these claims in subtly devious ways to control others. The un-indoctrinated and the de-programmed devotees can observe how it all functions to increase his status in the eyes of believers and add to his fortune, fame and name at their expense. One would expect God Almighty to be a lot more convincing than this!