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How Dave Lyons realised the Sai movement is really a cult

Posted by robertpriddy on August 31, 2009

By David J. Lyons (Sai Baba follower from 1981 to 2000. Ex-President of the Center of Greater New Orleans). Date: 03-13-05

No one wants to believe that an organization he/she was an integral part of is a cult. I could not have been basking more in the glory of the avatar with such vigor, such pride, such enthusiasm as I was in those last five years, 1995-2000. Not only did I believe all the stories coming out of Puttaparthi, I actually repeated them to my colleagues, friends and relatives. The only thing I did not do was try to recruit new members for the Sathya Sai Organization. I believed that Sathya Sai Baba was calling devotees at his pleasure, at their karmic level, and, most importantly, at his omniscience. I believed that a majority of the world’s population would come to honor him as avatar before his passing in 2022. I was happy that I was one of the early ones. Such was my position and feelings and beliefs–until it all came crashing down.

From April, 2000, until early July, 2000, I was sending emails, and snail mail to those who did not have computers–all pertaining to the sexual crimes and the murders at the ashram on June 6, 1993. All I wanted was for them to take an objective look at the mounting evidence, to talk to some of the victims of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual molestations. In this time period many were coming forward with their stories. The posting of THE FINDINGS on the Internet was the triggering mechanism for creating courage among many molested ones, and a personal hand-written letter from a teen victim, sent to all the presidents of U.S. Centers, was devastating. When I saw that most of our devotees, the majority who were from India, would not even contemplate taking even so much as a peek at anything negative regarding SSB’s criminal actions, I was astounded. The term “cult” had not entered my mind until much later in the year of 2000.

In July, 2000, Al Rahm and wife Marisa came to New Orleans for a convention. We renewed our friendship, I showed them the town, and we had heart to heart talks. There was another devotee couple here who had defected and we all had dinner together. Al had then introduced me to Glen Meloy, via email, who was forming a support group. I was happy to become part of this group as I felt like the Lone Ranger battling the likes of Michael Goldstein et al. During this time period I was gratified to hear of the resignation of Shirley Pike, who had been the president of the North Central Region of USA. We (myself and a few other devotees from the New Orleans Center) had begun making trips to St. Louis for the Memorial Day retreats when the North and South Central Regions did a combined retreat just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. When the new South Central Region was carved from the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma (1997), some members of our Center still made the trip to St. Louis, and to Texas for our regular Labor Day retreat. As for as I know, I was the only Center president to resign and defect, and Shirley and Rick Raines were the only Regional presidents to resign and defect–both from the North and South Central Regions.

The impetus for this Revisited and Revised Spiritual Odyssey was the memory of Glen Meloy, who died on New Year’s Day, 2005. I had spoken to Glen for the last time just after Thanksgiving of 2004. He was in terrible pain. Glen’s contact for updates was the other worldwide leader of the Expose`, Barry Pittard. Glen and I had spoke many times since that initial contact in July, 2000. He gave his last ounce of energy and courage in a superlative effort to protect children and teens from being molested by SSB, and he was making great progress in several areas of the Exposé. Barry’s efforts have been marvelous also. It was Barry who carried the sad news to me and many other former devotees–all who had developed a network to bring justice for the crimes of SSB.

Glen Meloy was a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba for 26 years, and during that time he gave freely of his time in many categories, managing the book center for America in Tustin, California, among many other volunteered seva (service). We had long conversations about the ones who remained loyal to Sai Baba, and we were especially shocked at the complicity of Jack Hislop, who had been on the receiving end of so many hand-written letters from Sathya Sai Baba. Jack had known since the 1970s of the molestations. Jack Hislop was the most-liked of the highest-ranking devotees of the planet. I sure liked him a lot, so when I discovered he had known all along (note: he died before the big scandal broke open) I was filled with chagrin. We were incredulous about many other high-ranking office bearers here in USA not willing to look at any evidence, not willing to talk to some of the victims, not willing to admit that these sexual molestations were crimes–all because they believed that the avatar could do what he wanted to, that he was above the laws – and morality. Very soon we realized we were part of a very subtle cult, a cult of personality involving a very charismatic guru who had, at least in part and in the past, powerful paranormal attributes.

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de Kraker’s searing testimonial about Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on August 30, 2009

From : Australia Source: Hans de Kraker Subject : PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Date: Friday, 19 May 2000
From: Hans de Kraker
Re: Sai Baba

Dear David, Faye and Glenn,

Long time no hear! Finally I have taken the time to put some of my experiences with The Great Deceiver on paper. I really appreciate what you are doing. I think it is absolutely vital what you are doing because a lot of harm is being done and this needs to stop. Not doing what you are doing defeats the purpose of all those years of travel to India. We all went there to find the truth after all.

As I had told you I travelled to India extensively for a period of 4 years. During this period (1992 – 94) I had many (35) private audiences with Sai Baba.

I got to know him in 1988 through a friend, in Italy who had passed on a book. After about four years I made my first trip to India with my girlfriend, mother and father. The years that followed were making for some very intense years in my life. Sai Baba fairly much from the first private audience had suggested to me and my girlfriend that we were to split up from each other for our own good. He did this in a very public and embarrassing way, purposely humiliating my girlfriend and myself. We had built a lot of “faith and mystery” around him and had by now accepted him has a God incarnate on earth, the epitome of spirituality, the epitome of human divine spiritual expression.

There were many books written by people from all parts of the world that spoke about miracle after miracle. People had cured from fatal diseases by virtue of touching jewellery “materialised by Swami”. He “appeared” in front of people in all different parts of the world. Millions of people travelled to India to see “God on Earth”. Millions of People came and cried upon his sight, some were cured of their illnesses, some freed of their anxieties of life and some died in peace. Some left laden with trinkets or real golden rings, watches, pendants, all materialised by “Swami”.

Sai Baba has been enjoying a lot of popularity in the West. He has a great ability to play with and communicate to large crowds of people. It is this particular power that allows him to manipulate people.

It takes a Great Man not to abuse this power…

During these four years of travels to India, Sai Baba would perform a certain ritual each time he would call me in for a private audience or interview. He would ask me to take down my pants. He would than “oint” my umbilical area; testicles and penis with oil which he “materialised”. After this ritual he would ask me to pull up my pants and tidy them up. I had heard of this ritual and it seemed to be “common knowledge” that this was done to balance the sexual energy or Kundalini. I had never thought anything of it. When I was in Elementary School in Holland, the school doctor used to check and touch your testicles to see if you were growing properly. I likened this ritual to a visit to the doctor. It was just for a different purpose. Very unassumingly I continued to receive this treatment, convinced it was going to do me some good!

Each and every trip he would “materialise” trinkets, jewellery, “vibhuti” and oil. I noticed that he was particularly generous with the people that donated a lot of money or equipment for the various kitchens in the Ashram. I did also notice that he would call in a lot of young guys out of the crowd and never girls.

In one particular interview, I saw him take a ring from under the handkerchief that was on the armrest of his chair. I thought not much of it. I never really attached much value to the materialisations and knew that the receiver was going to be an ecstatically happy person… Shortly after, one of my friends in the group said to me: ” Gosh, what a test! Swami wanted to show me that he did not materialise the ring, but that he took it from under his handkerchief! Isn’t he funny! He is really testing us!” I did not give it any focus; I never had focused much on these materialisations and the thought of accepting that he was not actually materialising these objects was probably very unattractive tough for my mind. I had also received a ring, two bracelets and a necklace so I guess I had satisfied that desire!

Through the years I got more and more attention on a personal level from Sai Baba. This went accompanied with receiving VIP seating for doing work in the kitchen. As the crowds grew over the years it became increasingly difficult to see “Swami” up close. There was a preferred seating area for people who worked in the kitchen since they were not able to “do the lines”. They often worked until 30 minutes before Darshan. Arriving that late they would always find themselves sitting in the back of the large crowd, so by getting this “reserved seat” they were able to every now and then have a close encounter with “the Master”. These groups were organised in lines of two or three and rotate so that everybody got a fair chance.

Although initially I was very much against this way of operating, I succumbed to my desire to get a close encounter with the “Master” and accepted a preferred seat the third time it was offered to me. After two years I had become a “steady member” of a group that would travel to India three times a year, to do volunteer work in the Ashram. The group would cook food for up to 6000 people around the festivals and various multi-religious celebrations (Christmas, Shivaraatri etc) The group would bring thousands of kilo’s of food at its own expense as well as a lot of industrial kitchen machinery etc. There were many other groups that brought help in some form or shape and it was beautiful to be part of this enormous “collective effort”.

Our group had a place of its own. We did not have to wait in line and had always-front row seating. On some occasions (on Festivals and Celebrations) we were even allowed to sit on the veranda. We would always get to see “Swami” from up-close and feel very fortunate.

The ego was certainly satisfied with this powerful position! So many people wanted to be close to him. Millions of people travelled to get a glimpse of him and here we were right up front! It is incredible how the mind comes up with justifications when it suits our personal purpose.

During one of the last visits, there was a young guy who had travelled with us from Italy. He had not been to India before. He accompanied his girlfriend and her father, who was part of the group. Shortly after we arrived in the Ashram we got our usual immediate welcome interview in which Sai Baba was briefed on what we had brought from home as well as our personal, business and daily life problems.

Sai Baba called in this particular young man again, a few days later by him self. He was given a watch! “Swami” had materialised a watch for him! He came to me fairly shortly after and was quite shocked (like most people were, all for their own different reasons). He asked me to explain him something; “Swami hugged me, and then kissed me, on the lips and tried engage me by probing my mouth with his tongue”. When I heard I was very shocked. This young boy (18/19) was quite confused and asked me what I thought of it. He had thought of Kundalini and that it was to “balance his energy”. I did not know. I told him that that could be the case but that I did not know.

We both talked about it for some more time. I told him about the ritual that I had been going through over the past years and this was maybe something in that line…

On one of our trips to India I remember bringing so much, we thousands of kilos of overweight. Among the things the group brought were watches. These hundreds of watches were destined to go to the students. Not long after arriving we brought some of the things we had brought to the front door of the Poornachandra, in front of Sai Baba’s house. I very kind gentleman would be from who the offerings came and that Sai Baba was expecting them (especially after the attempt on his life there was a very strict security control).

Only a few weeks later, I encounter a student, who proudly tells me that his watch was materialised by Sai Baba! He was as happy as I was astounded. And again I decided to stuff the thoughts I had away, saying to myself that it was great that this boy was so happy and that the philosophy was what was important and not where this watch came from. I decided that that which was instilled in this boy through this gift was going to help him in life to be the person that he aspired to be. In that same period a friend approached an another person of our group from Europe who had received that same watch. He had asked my friend why he got that watch…

During another trip a friend came along who was ill with cancer. She wanted to give an ambulance to the hospital. She was included in the group by the leader of our group. It was suggested that buying an ambulance was to complicated. So she donated a large sum of money. The next day she got an interview on which she received a “materialised ring”.

In my last trip to India (November of 96), I arrived early from Australia and my friends from Europe had not arrived yet. The usual kitchen managers were no longer running the kitchen. Upon arrival, Sai Baba asked me to reopen the Western Canteen and start making food for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I collected a group of people, (was ordered/recommended by ashram management not to allow any Sri Lankans in the kitchen! All people I appointed were screened by the management) and started working. Several days later, my friends from Europe joined me.

We had several interviews together. It was around the 10th of December that they left, except for one of my close friends. We spent some beautiful moments together. It was almost as if we were like the apostles around Jesus. We were moved even further ahead now and we were seated in the ashram management area, very close to the front. Sai Baba came to us every and each Darshan and would have a chat with us. These were very special moments. We felt very privileged.

The day of my friend’s departure, we were called in for an interview together. Sai Baba materialised another bracelet for my friend and for me. In this same trip he had “materialised”. (One of my friends was “tested’ and saw him bring the object from the neighbouring room) a jar of amrith, “divine nectar” with a spoon which he used to give us all a spoon after which he said; “From now on no more bad karma and no more bad luck in your life” “You are very special people, this is a privilege! There are so many people out there and you are the lucky ones!” When I asked him why he said that all our hearts were pure and that there was not self interest involved in the work we did (we had many power struggle and quarrels over positions in the group, just like any other group of humans may have).

My friend had now left. I was by myself and was called in a few days after he had left. I went into the interview room and was given a private audience in a separate room. When in this separate room, he asked me how things were in Australia. He told me that he would give me every thing, money, a house, a wife EVERYTHING!

He then signed me to come closer and hug him.

He had earlier that trip asked me to kiss him on the cheek, while I was helping him getting something from a room adjacent to the interview room. This was a little room where he kept his gowns. It was his custom to give a gown to people for healing purposes (it was common believe that “hugging” a gown could cure a disease), or when they had opened one of his centres. He asked me to help him get something from that room. While leaning over to get something from a lower shelf in the closet, when rising he pointed at his cheek, indicating that he wanted me to kiss him. I did so, very surprised and kind of suspicious. I come from a country though where man and women irrespective of sex, kiss each other on the cheek three times. So after my first suspicion, relativised everything back to normal (I am still amazed today, how far ones mind can go!)

So back to that moment where he asked me to come closer. He then hugs me ( I am on my knees and he is seated on his chair-there are no people present). He now turns his face and puts his lips on mine; my head his spinning and my mind is running at 500 kilometres per hour. I don’t know what to do! My mouth tightens up, and I feel extremely uncomfortable and confused with this “perceived incarnation of GOD on earth trying to kiss me on and in my mouth!! Sai Baba slaps me on my cheek and says “Loosen up!!! With other people not OK with Sai Baba OK ” I am even more uncomfortable now and feel disgusted at the same time.

Sai Baba realised his and my predicament and decides not to continue. He now tells me again that he will give me everything and stands up and tells me to do padnamnamaskaar. As I go on my knees, and touch his feet with my forehead, he pulls up my arms and indicates he wants his calf muscles massaged. Although very uncomfortable with everything that had happened I still continued to listen to him. Many people knew how he liked having his calve muscles massaged and I had seen respectable men and women of all walks of life do the same thing….he now takes my head and pushes it quite firmly into his groin…he then pulls up my arms and asks me to go higher and higher and higher…NOW I AM HOLDING HIS BUTTOCKS AND WONDER WHAT THE HELL MY DIVINE MASTER IS ASKING ME TO DO!!! Fuse!!! Crash! I let go my arms and now I am even more shell shocked…he pulls up his dress, presents me his half-erect penis and invites me to take up my “Good Luck Chance”:

“This is your Good Luck Chance”

I am now on my knees facing his erect penis, being asked to perform oral sex. He stands there, and I think:

AM I SUPPOSED TO DO THIS? COULD I DO THIS

I then instinctively stretch out my right arm and put on the part of his chest which hides his heart and say:
“I don’t want this Swami, I want your heart”

He now drops his dress and tells me: “Yes yes yes of course you have my heart”

He now asks me to take my pants down, “discovers” my penis is not erect and tells me that that is how it is supposed to be! “Swami is inside there see, Swami is inside there.”

Hell NO! That is Mine and Mine! And you are certainly not in there! I thought. He asks me to do Padnamnamaskaar again and again he pulls up his dress “This is your second Good Luck Chance” he said.

I refuse and get up without saying anything. I am now angry, confused and dazed. I feel burning! God just took a backdoor! A very clever manipulator and professional deceiver had just trashed the fundamentals of the past eight years of my life. I had abstained from any sexual activity because he had suggested it was good for my spiritual Evolution. He had harassed and embarrassed my girlfriend and myself because of our difference in age, while he was hitting on someone 42 years his junior…He had told us to break up our relationship and for what reason?! So he could have a go?!?!

In reality I pulled the carpet myself from under a mental castle which I had built myself. I am responsible for that, he is for abusing the good faith of people, their trust, to the point of putting their life on the line and actually loosing it

Devastation
He asked me to keep this quiet, to not say anything to anyone I walked out of the interview room and run to my room. I lock myself in. I black out until 6am the next morning (from 5 PM the day before)
The next morning people that apparently came to my room and knocked approached me on the door.

Someone had called Europe even and told the leader of the group. I got a call from her the morning after. She expressed concern and told me people had seen me walking out of the interview room all pale…then they tried the apartment but I had locked myself in. She asked me what had happened. “Did he try to have sex with you” I told her that it was something between him and me. I did not want to talk about it.

The first few days after I sit in darshan at a distance, not wanting to be close. I look at the masses and masses of people and wonder how he manages to handle all these people.”Who are you!” I ask myself…a few weeks pass…. I get another interview with a group of Germans / Russians. My attention is elsewhere and Sai Baba monitors every move of my eyes. I see his ring trick and how he tosses the old ring between the pillow and the armrest of his seat. I look at this Older Russian lady who is crying while she sits in front of him. He is playing the crowd, and all of a sudden the GODhead has become a bad trickster. In the mean time the group has arrived from Europe and we are all working hard in the kitchen. I had thrown myself in the work to forget something, which I was trying to refuse to accept: reality.

There was a big power shake up in the kitchen and I had no interest to participate in the whole situation any longer. I had a chat with the leader of the group because I had not been going to darshan anymore. My last day in the ashram I talked to the leader of the group. Again she insists that I tell her what happened.” So did he try to have sex with you?” was the question. Tired of it all I told her what had happened. This was the evening of the fourth or fifth of January. Immediately after she (editor: undoubtedly Veronica – see here) has an interview with Sai Baba, by herself this time, without the rest of the group. After she comes out of the interview room, several hours later, I am summoned to an elderly gentleman from Security, whom I knew well, with whom I had build a friendship. Several years before, when I accompanied a couple from Europe, who did not speak any English, he had spent time with this couple, their three-year-old son, who had cancer and me. This gentleman looked very awkward and asked me if he could take my photo. I said of course not knowing what was happening, understanding something had gone wrong. He was accompanied by 2 seva dal’s. One them took a picture from the front and then asked me to turn to the side. When I asked my friend what was happening he nodded uncomfortable and said I don’t know.

They then escorted me to the secretary of the Ashram who told me I was ordered to leave as soon as possible. I had behaved improperly and had to leave. When I asked what the reason was he commanded that I was not allowed to ask anything, and that I was only allowed to leave. “You are to leave the Ashram. You are strongly advised not to hang around the village, to go as soon as possible to Bangalore and catch the first flight out…

I left.  All my friends of the group were absolutely amazed and destroyed when they heard that I had been expelled. Except for one person…the same person who spoke to Sai Baba a few hours before.
So they got rid of a possible “loose cannon”

But what about the miracles?
But what about the prophecies that describe a man like him?
But what about the dreams I had with him? (It is common believe that when one dreams of Sai Baba, it is actually him willing it. You cannot dream of him if he does not will it. When you dream of him, it is actually him coming to you, and hence , a special grace.)

But what about the “materialisations”?
Self Interest has no boundaries. The mind finds all reasons to justify means to reach, or maintain a purpose.

But what about the three year old boy?
Now what of that three-year-old boy that Sai Baba said he would cure? What about the fact that he had said to the parents (I was their personal translator) that they should not bring their child to the hospital anymore? They should not worry anymore about the therapy, “I will take care of him and cure him”.

But what about the fact that the three year old boy died 6 months later from the disease?
What about the fact that he had promised two friends (father and son) in our group a lingam to cure the disease of the mother. And he promised a second time in a second trip they made. Now the son was sick and had constant fever. How about the fact that Sai Baba still had not given them this lingam, the mother was still sick and now he promised that he would cure the son and not to take the medicine? How about the fact that they went back again some 6 months later and said to Sai Baba that he could not work without taking the pills because he could not work with 39 degrees fever. And what about the fact that Sai Baba insisted that “it is only Body Heat, don’t worry, I will take care of you”. “Don’t take the medicine”, he repeated.

But what about the fact that he died several months later?
What about the fact that when you give money you get a nice seat on the veranda, or that you can buy Sai Baba’s attention by making big donations (you have to make sure though you pass all your personal details through to the right people)

But what about the fact that you are likely to get attention if you are male and good looking?
But What about the fact that he talks about abstaining from sex but has a go whenever he can?
And what about the fact that he breaks up a relationship to then hit on the male?

And what about the fact that he tells the a big group of people that the perfect age difference between two people is 3 to 4 years: quote;”Unlike the guy in kitchen with the long hair who is going out with a seventy year old women and all he does it for is the money.” But then for him, 72 years of age it is OK to ask sexual favours from a guy who is 44 years younger?

And what about this COMPULSIVE DECEPTION?

It took me 3 years. And I don’t expect any genuine devotee of Sai Baba to accept the above facts just like that. As a matter of fact many will come up with a good reason why “He is an avatar anyway. His ways are not to be scrutinised, who am I to understand.”

Been there. Nothing new. But the facts, the truth, that for which we all travelled to India is now calling for us. The truth is crying for help.

With the other crushing and devastating findings (paedophilia etc) in this report from other unassuming devotees, I believe one owes it to ones own spirit, to accept and grow and be ready to support all those people that we considered brothers and sisters, because many of them, and especially the older ones, who have been devotees for decades, will need all the support they can get.

Good Luck,  Hans de Kraker

See also Alaya Rahm’s testimonyof sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba (transcript and brief video clips)
See also short video of M. Roche’s testimony of sexual abuse by Sai Baba.
Many others have testified to the same or similar abuses, of which there is a long history (see here)


Please see the signatures on the Sai petition: Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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The caste system of India & Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on August 29, 2009

One of Sathya Sai Baba’s most bandied aphorisms states: “There’s one caste, the caste of humanity“. That is fine, but why therefore does he support the Indian caste system? He says he “must condemn the hatred between castes and religions” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 4, p.84). “Varna or what we call caste, is a convenient arrangement for the conduct of worldly affairs… The four varnas are universal; they can be found in any country. The leaders of thought are the Brahmins; the fighters carrying arms are the Kshatriyas; the entrepreneurs and the business executives are the Vaisyas; the busy producers and the labourers are the Sudras..: “Each varna and asrama has its own rules, regulations and restrictions.”(Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 4, p.230-1)

Sathya Sai Baba stated, however, The system of Varnas is ordained by the Vedas and so there can be no injustice in it; it is not an artifice invented by man.” (Sathya Sai Baba in Geetha Vahini, Ch. IX, p. 46 ) 

Comment: What a boon that almost the entire world holds this to be wrong and that it is India’s great calamity to suffer from its deep-rooted caste divisions – based on a fictitious idea of how ‘spiritual’ or ‘unspiritual’ people are (i.e. Sattwic, Rajasic or Thamasic)! A full account of the now-invidious caste system is found in the Manusmriti (Ordinances of Manu), which dates from A.D. 700, is the most authoritative work on Hindu law. Centuries later, it was adopted by British rulers in India.

The world in general condemns any such caste distinctions as being, divisive, discriminatory, unjust and oppressive. As Sai Baba describes the castes, their members are not even equal before the same law. It is most noticeable that he omits mention of the Dalits and casteless groups which are the victim of major social suppression. Such a divided and extreme caste system as India’s has not been common to other than despotic states. It is a far more rigid and unfair class system than has existed in European countries even when this kind of stratification was at it worst. The caste system in India was made illegal decades ago, but the practices continue throughout the population, though the grip of caste has weakened in some respects for a minority among the lower castes in recent times. Major local clashes and killings, rapes and burning out homes between castes are still widespread and extremely vicious, where the lower castes and the casteless are overwhelmingly the chief victims. extensive.

Despite the law, caste is invariably also mentioned in the countless daily classified matrimonial ads in the newspapers, which shows how deeply it permeates the society and personal relations. The several thousands of years old caste system in India is a gross – if inexplicable – aberration from Hindu religious values (Sanathana Dharma). Sai Baba is scripturally correct when he states that the Vedic religion clearly lays down that “birth into a family alone cannot decide caste; it has to be determined on the bases of character and occupation.” (Sathya Sai Vahini, p. 217) However, the exact opposite is the backbone of the present caste system in India, which Sathya Sai Baba always tends to accept rather than criticise.

The Indian system of castes is certainly very complex, consisting in the four main castes. These four are each subdivided into numerous sub-castes. The four traditional ‘Varnas’ – which figured in the ancient the ancient epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata – are the Brahmins or Hindu priesthood, the warrior castes (Kshtryas), the traders and farmers (Vaisyas) and the workers (Sudras). Formerly seen as having no caste at all are the Dalits (formerly openly called untouchables). Foreigners were once consigned to the untouchables and utterly disdained as mlechchhas.

While Sai Baba defends the basic system of class differentiation as unavoidable, it is frequently argued there that castes and especially sub-castes provide a haven for those born into them since it is a social network which can help its members and defend them. To this it must be said that those low castes with little or nothing cannot help their own kind much at all, while defense is necessary only against the warring by members of other castes. The casteless have had to struggle enormously with very little improvement of their status and opportunities so far.

Indians who use lofty rhetoric about progress, characterizing their society as “united in diversity,” seem to be simply perpetuating the system of social gradation that has blighted so many lives.” (Dr. J. S. Murthy). Murthy also rightly points out, “The British government of India had a considerable, transforming impact on the country’s Hindu social structure. The British brought change by passing many important laws designed to aid the marginalized lower castes–laws such as the Hindu Act, the Caste Disabilities Act, and the Widow Remarriage Act. But the British could not find a lasting solution to the problem of castes, particularly since the British saw themselves as a privileged ruling class.”

“The strongest, most systematic attack on the caste system has come in the twentieth century through the Constitution of India, adopted on November 26, 1949. India’s constitution guarantees the right of all its citizens to justice, liberty, equality, and dignity.

The growing economic success of some in India has created a chasm separating the rich from the poor, who make up about 56 percent of the population. Economists describe “two Indias”–one rich and one poor. India’s caste system can no longer fully contain the socioeconomic change that the country is undergoing. Different religions, occupations, and levels of education are no longer correlated with caste. A high-caste person cannot be born a chief executive, for example, but must work to become one. A person of low caste may now get a good education and become an executive, a college professor, or even a government leader.”

Some of the caste rules that are widely observed today are:

- Marriages between persons of different castes is forbidden.

- No one can change caste in their own lifetime, though they can hope to reborn in a higher caste.

- Higher caste members should avoid physical contact with lower (‘less pure’) castes, like the Sudras and Untouchables.

Is this system fair and good for humanity? It was possibly necessary for the Indian society to have this form of organization some centuries ago, but is now is completely unfair and counter-productive, especially if social equality is ever to be recognised in practice.

Sathya Sai Baba’s insistence that caste is unavoidable and is very proper for society, he makes the most bizarrely improbably prophesy: I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 2002,p. 267.

While India still labours under an extremely divisive caste system which, though considered illegal, flourishes throughout the land with only a few notable exceptions, how can India be an example of any kind of unity whatever? Amid all the communal strife within India, Kashmir and other contested areas –  and not least the continuing face-off and counter-accusations between Indian and Pakistan, it is unthinkable!

Sathya Sai Baba lives in a long-abandoned past where theocratic divisions ruled the populace and princes ruled according to religious scriptures. He wants to apply such notions to the present-day world which, by great good fortune, has in the main defeated just those oppressive and most often despotic systems of government.

In a high-flown theological speculation resounding fantasy nonsense, Sai Baba tries to justify and to ‘unify’ the castes so as to make them acceptable as such: “Caste is the Cosmic Person Himself manifesting as Human Society. It is the visible form of the Lord, charming in every limb. It is a great pity that this truth is not widely recognised. It is the good fortune of this land, Bharath, that in this Vision, the Lord, as the physical integration of the “caste limbs” is promoting peace and harmony, prosperity and well-being for all mankind.” and “Judging from mere appearance, one cannot declare that all men are one. We have to distinguish and discriminate and group those with Sathwic, Rajasic, Thamasic or combinations of one or more of those natures, separately. No one can say this is wrong.” (Sathya Sai Vahini, p. 216)

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See also:-

Dalits ask Government to abolish caste-based discrimination

P. L. Mimroth, chairman of the Centre for Dalit Rights, Jaipur, led the group, while India was represented by Swashpawan Singh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the U.N. Office. Mr. Mimroth said on his return here that India had for the first time admitted in a U.N. forum the existence of discrimination and marginalisation on the basis of castes and tribes. The Permanent Representative to the U.N. also stated that action at the government level to end discrimination was not enough and other stakeholders were being engaged to address the gaps.

“Mr. Singh’s admission in the U.N. body is a long-awaited indication of the Centre’s intent to do something for protecting the rights of Dalits,” said Mr. Mimroth, adding that it was high time the Centre initiated measures to stop violation of Dalit rights in the areas of access to education, health care, housing, employment and freedom of faith.

More than 10 countries raised specific questions or recommendations concerning caste-based discrimination in India. This seemed to be a “strong message” to the Centre that the international community was deeply concerned about the persistence of this form of discrimination that affected more than 16.7 crore Dalits.

Addressing the meeting, National Human Rights Commission’s representative Aruna Sharma called upon India to ratify the U.N. Convention against Torture. She said policemen at the lower rung inthe hierarchy often resorted to torture and harassment of people detained on suspicion of involvement in crimes.

However, Solicitor-General G. E. Vahanvati said the caste-based discrimination could not be considered a form of “racial discrimination” because the caste system, which was unique to India, was not racial in origin.

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… P/.L. Mimroth World Conference against Racism

“The Indian government is trying to stop such a discussion at Durban in a naked display of the prejudiced casteist policy of the ruling political parties and classes. The Indian government’s attitude has exposed as shallow its pretence of social equity.”
P.L. Mimroth, New Delhi

Dalit leaders, Human rights activists and concerned citizens demonstrated at the offices of the United Nations in New Delhi this morning, demanding that the forthcoming United Nations Conference in Durban, South Africa, on Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia discuss the issue of Caste and the violence that casteism has inflicted on the person and human dignity of hundreds of millions of people in several countries of Asia and other continents for over three thousand years.

P.L. Mimroth, Convener for the Centre for Dalit Human Rights (CDHR) see Dalit Warrior
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Dalits kept out of the electoral process in 2009

The Evil That Men Do Tribal women claiming rape by Salwa Judum men in Chhattisgarh put a question mark on the NHRC, which rejected their testimonies. Photographs by SHAILENDRA PANDEY [http://www.tehelka.com/story_main42.asp?filename=Ne180709coverstory.asp] Ajit SahiAJIT SAHI Editor-at-Large.


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Truly lunatic Sai Baba fringe + video link

Posted by robertpriddy on August 28, 2009

As I have pointed out before, the lunatic fringe in all its many rainbow colours is well over-represented among Sathya Sai Baba followers and defenders compared to the general population.

Stephanie Relfe B.Sc. (Syd.) with a website at http://www.relfe.com/ published an article with the title “Sai Baba: RelfeA Comment on Recent Negative Media Stories: Why they are not true”. Firstly, note that Relfe is a person whose website promotes deranged and virtually paranoid schizophrenic ideas. She has written ‘The Mars Records – where she claims “a man regained hidden memories of military service on Mars, Time Travel, Killing with Remote Viewing, Mind Control, and Military and Alien abductions.” (see scan at bottom of this blog).

(Comment) What kind of B. Sc this is anyone may guess! She presents herself as a “professional kinesologist”, which in common sense terms means  a “professional fraud”, whether she realises her fraudulence or not. She thinks the critics of Sai Baba are somehow directed by a Rockefeller, who was allegedly turned down by Sai Baba once and who she therefore  imagines would use his millions to attack Sai Baba! This is surely a new peak of devotee psychological denial.

Relfe’s diatribe about what she says she ‘believes’ about the allegations (without offering any evidence at all)  starts with outright disinformation, presented without documentation or any critical sense as follows: “These stories were probably first started by Tal Brookes. Tal has lied about many things (e.g. That he was the No. 1 western follower of Baba). And it is worth noting that it has been said that he was an associate of Timothy Leary, a member of the CIA who helped to develop LSD.”

(Comment) LSD was never developed by any American, it was produced by a Swiss biochemist, Albert Hoffman long before the CIA began to take an interest in it! Tal Brooke was the No. 1 follower of Sathya Sai Baba at one time, and this was accepted by several of the so-called “rowdies” with Sai Baba at that time, including Howard Levin (who wrote a book called “Good Chances” which is what Sai Baba says of his offers of sex to young men! Good chances indeed! See testimony by Mark Roche on his “great chance” on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ – brief video clip).

She continues: “Second, regarding the stories that Baba has anointed some men with oil on their penis. From speaking with people who have had interviews, I understand that these stories are true. This does not totally surprise me.”

(Comment) It was a surprise to almost everyone else! Even the lunatic fringe Sai-defender Gerald Joe Moreno is very loath to admit that the penis is often oiled by Sathya Sai Baba (claiming it was only the lower stomach that was oiled in his own case) See Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba. This is a form of sexual molestation which, when carried out even by a doctor without explicit permission from the person involved (or in the case of minors, with parental permission), is a serious offense also in India.

She continued : “I can only say, from my own experience that people who follow Baba’s teachings seem to end up with a lot less lust than many other people.”

(Comment) All is not as it seems, A very close VIP devotee of Sai Baba tried his luck with my wife (He had no luck!) and I was given the glad eye by many women devotees (which I always ignored, of course) and the wives of two current VIPs gave me the come on too.  Mr. Anil Kumar, Sai Baba’s ever-present interpreter and close associate had a Finnish paramour in addition to his wife (see Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man).  So much for reduced lust!

(Comment) There are brothels in Puttaparthi which are visited by ashram staff… a fact I was most shocked to hear from an Indian IAS officer devotee who was undisturbed by these facts of Indian life (see here) - a claim that was confirmed independently to me on the Internet by residents of the area. Actually, all this is mostly irrelevant to the real issue, which is whether Sathya Sai Baba is the ringleader of male sexual abuse of students and foreigners. Note that such activities are virtually always covered up with great secrecy and other means by those in any group whose participants are implicated and many of whom themselves become abusers.

Here is what Stephanie was leading up to: “However, I have NO doubt that the stories regarding sexual abuse are false.”

(Comment) Very interesting, fascinating… such an ‘incredible’ witness!! What does she actually know? Only what she wants to believe! But the evidence is completely overwhelming (see here).

Then: “While ten, twenty thousand or more people are waiting for Baba outside!!! And the back room, where these incidents are supposed to take place, is divided by only a material curtain, which moves back and forwards in the breeze!!! With dozens of people in the adjoining room!”

(Comment) Wrong yet again. While there is a curtain, there are also twin doors of teak or mahogany between the private and public interview rooms, and I have several times seen SB close them firmly. See Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘curtain of shame’ & ‘doors of disgrace’
I have also noted how much longer he remained behind on several occasions them with young men from Denmark and Sweden and some of his students. Relfe exaggerates again, for there were extremely seldom ‘dozens’ of people in interviews – perhaps 20 would be a large interview which packed the room at Prashnathi Nilayam.

After all, since there is organized evil on this planet, which is involved heavily in the occult etc., Sai Baba is the kind of person that they would want to attack. His positive effect on so many people’s lives is huge.

(Comment) There are strict taboos about behaviour in the ashram, which work as a strong pressure to outward conformity while there (and trying to get an interview and all the rest!). After 16 years of visiting and 18 years being very active in the Sathya Sai Organization, I can say that very few members show any outward signs of change over long periods. However, nearly all imagine they are better than before and talk about it that way.

Stephanie goes on with her received wisdom: “It is possible that the people who have created these stories are victims of mind control by the ‘bad guys’.”

(Comment) Highly improbable, for I know some of them and this is not true of them. What is completely certain, however, is that those who refute these stories out of hand (without due investigation and gaining the confidence of victims) are the (only too willing) victims of mind control!

Stephanie persists: “One piece of evidence in favour of Sai Baba is the fact that the people who are spreading these bad stories get some of their facts wrong. The miracles ARE real. The proof? No one else could afford to produce the things that Sai Baba has produced!”

(Comment) But the things Sai Baba has produced by whatever means – fair or foul – have very little commercial value. Not one supposed Sai Baba-materialised object has been investigated by independent experts and properly documented as being worth more than a smallish sum. He pretended to materialize a green diamond ring for me in 1986, but examined by a top professional jeweler, it turned out to be a fake – a synthetic sapphire worth very little, see proof here.

“His energy, teachings and guidance have softened thousands of hardened hearts and encouraged many, many people to live better lives.”

(Comment) How can Stephanie know with any degree of empirical basis that so many people live better lives because of Sai Baba? No surveys of any kind document this. There is a common form of self-deception I have met among devotees: “I have been recognised and blessed by Baba, so I have become a much better person because it affected me. I have changed my ways” etc. But any who HAVE changed somewhat do not realise that it is they who have done the work of any changing they have managed. Despite this, personalities are very hard to change at all radically, except over very long life periods. It is strictly forbidden for any follower to tell about all those who go off and become worse, who cheat and lie, who simulate healing powers, who make money from the Baba gravy train and so on. I know a lot about  dozens of such cases. What of those commit suicide because of him? Or those who develop yet bigger egos? Remember, even Sai Baba himself says these things about his devotees repeatedly!

from a web page by Stephanie Relfe

from a web page by Stephanie Relfe

http://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg63552.html reposted Stephanie Relfe’s madcap imaginings with the proviso ” Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling – Editor, The Konformist”

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Shirdi Sai Baba and more by Kevin R.D. Shepherd

Posted by robertpriddy on August 26, 2009

Through many independent publications of a high standard of philosophically-informed writing on a wide range of subjects, Kevin R.D. Shepherd has also given expositions of diverse interesting aspects of cultist figures and movements. The much revered figure of the Muslim ‘saint’, Shirdi Sai Baba, gave rise to a tradition. As Shepherd writes:

“The conflatory  phrase “Sai Baba movement” refers to a complex phenomenon which has been given different  interpretations. That  disputed  phrase  encompasses  the  entities known as Shirdi Sai Baba, Upasni Maharaj and Godavari Mataji, Meher Baba, and Sathya Sai Baba. The treatment below analyses components  of  the  contested  convergence,  with  the  primary  accent  on  Shirdi  Sai  Baba,  who  has been  revealed  as  a  Muslim  Sufi.”

The following set of links lead to his on-line publication at http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info :-

Shirdi Sai Baba and Upasani Maharaj

Shirdi Sai Baba and Upasani Maharaj

1 Sufism in the Deccan

2 The Liberal Muslim Sufi

3 The Hinduization Process

4 Some Aspects of Teaching

5 The Pathri Legend

6 Religious Syncretism in Maharashtra

7 Religious Insularism

8 The Disciple of a Muslim : Upasni Maharaj

9 Meher Baba

10 The Sai Baba Movement at Issue

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Sai Baba rubbished, then embraced computers

Posted by robertpriddy on August 25, 2009

THE COMPUTER AND INTERNET REVOLUTION TOOK ‘OMNISCIENT’ SATHYA SAI BABA UNAWARES
When the computer revolution was well underway in the 1980s, Sathya Sai Baba  questioned their usefulness in the way of one who looks back to the supposedly great non-technological past of ancient India. Despite pretending he knows every detail about everyone and everything from the most distant past to the future, he did not recognise that computers would not make people abjectly dependent on machines, but that they would use them to increase their own autonomy, communication and for great labour-saving and much more. Sai-computer
Funny that Sai Saba later had to change his tune and make his students “abjectly dependent on the machine”
In 1980, Sai Baba was in two minds about computers…The rapid deterioration of intellect Sai Baba expected from computer use is rather achieved far more effectively by his own indoctrination of his followers… to consider the mind as a trickster, the intellect as unreliable and instead to rely on prayer, meditation and make great efforts to ‘kill the mind altogether’. The computer enhances human skills in writing, graphics, and all forms of scientific research.
That “Some students committed suicide” due to distress caused by computer error implies a simplistic false generalization. The particular students can have taken their own lives for a complex of factors. This connection was not seen elsewhere in India either. The National Exams at that time did not need to be put on computers to make them a disaster… the fraud practiced was on such a scale that universities around the advanced countries of the world are all highly skeptical of students producing their results as part of admittance attempts.
Sai-computer1 Here one sees that when Dr. John Hislop dares to put a challenging question, he had to admit that computers could be used in “a constructive and beneficial way”, but then added that the results only “seemed” to be good, but were not “in the long run”.
Sai Baba takes over two hundred words to explain a simple concept which in short is that a computer cannot deliver anything but what is put into it. Wrong again! Computers calculate faster and more reliably than any human brain can… put in dozens of variables and complex software and results can surpass hundreds of people working hundreds of hours can figure out… and without human error. The view that “crores of rupees are being wasted on computers” clashes with the completely undeniable subsequent enormous profits India has made precisely from the using computers! His comparison between computers and flour grinders illustrates his ignorance all too well. No doubt he prefers that the coolies who work for him building his ashrams for a pittance should – for example – continue to sift sand by letting handfuls fall to be spread by the wind so as to spread the grains to make a small heap of fine sand for quality mortar.Sathya Sai Baba is further patently unaware of the increased predictive accuracy possible with computers, such as the average chances of the time of death. He suggests that the time of death can be found by faith in the “natural human brain“… having already made diverse predictions as to his own death, ranging from age 93 to age 96 and even possibly at some other time! Sai-computer2
The scientist puts into the computer what he knows” And that is one vast amount more than Sathya Sai Baba shows he knows.

By 1988, it was a completely different story. Sathya Sai Baba now appears as a fan of computers, inaugurating the Prashanthi computer centre and viewing each computer with keen interest. Clearly this self-proclaimed all-knowing deity did not know about computers and had to be shown it all. His former skepticism was forgotten.

In the same report, not that the totally false claim is made that “The Institute was unique among universities in offering completely free education at all levels”. My education was completely free in the 1960s in Norway, and the same is the case today – also throughout Northern Europe. Only in recent years have British universities charged for university courses (not least due to their popularity among foreign students from the entire planet, which put too big a strain on the heavily subsidised system where formerly stipends were provided to all who qualified.

SaiComputer3

In 2001, Sai Baba angrily denounced the allegations made internationally by more than a dozen independent sources about his sexual practices – and he proclaimed, ‘I am not on the Internet’ (despite his claimed Omnipresence). Nonetheless, his ashram, the Sathya Sai Central Trust and many national branches of the Sathya Sai Organization advertise on the Internet. We find the Sathya Sai Organization very active with his connivance at http://www.sathyasai.org/ and in other media such as the radio, e.g. a 24-hour Digital Radio Broadcasting Station on Bhagawan’s 76th Birthday — 23 Nov. 2001 in Asia, a service available through Worldspace ASIA’s STAR WEST, the Sathya Sai Organization official web site informs us. Many National and other Sathya Sai Organization centres have their own web pages.

An on-line encyclopedia states: “Sathya Sai Baba says that his followers should not use the internet but focus instead on the innernet (i.e., follow spiritual practices).”

The obvious reason for this is that the revelations of sexual abuse testimonies and murder cover-up in Sathya Sai Baba’s private apartments is easily found on many Internet sites.


Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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Exposé – Kevin R.D. Shepherd on Gerald Joe Moreno

Posted by robertpriddy on August 25, 2009

After having been attacked by the constant would-be character assassinator, Joe Moreno, Kevin R.D. Shepherd responded in civil and reasoned terms. He was only attacked more despicably and unreasonably by Moreno. In stark contrast to this unqualified uneducated full-time cyber persecutor and person abuser Moreno, Shepherd is the accomplished author of numerous philosophical and biographical books and critical analyses, including coverage of Shirdi Sai Baba and his self-appointed ‘reincarnation’, Sathya Narayana Raju. He has just released a new set of web pages at http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info

Shepherd points out: “There are religious sects who do no harm,  and others  which  tend to become aggressive, comprising a social problem. The difference between harmless religious sects and organisations which become suspicious  cults, has been  much discussed.  A cult can easily violate norms of social behaviour and flout  basic  etiquette.  Dissent within a  sect  can too  easily  become  regarded as a  punishable  offence, and  this  is one  symptom  of  the  cult  mentality.  Critical  outsiders  are  also  prone  to  being  castigated by the  cult  mentality, a  development that can pose  further crises for the majority. The present article is a contribution  towards the analysis of this problem.”

One can go directly to any of these pages concerning Moreno here:-

5.1 Harassment on Google Search

5.2 Hate Campaign of Gerald Joe Moreno

5.3 Offensive Descriptions on Google Search

5.4 The Findhorn Foundation Misattribution

5.5 Misleading Tactic of Gerald Joe Moreno

5.6 New Age Confusions and Sectarian Misinformation

5.7 Defamatory  Sectarian Blog

5.8 Self Publishing as Distinct from Vanity Publishing

5.9 Web Harassment Requires Exposing

5.10 The Militant Sectarian Campaign of Gerald Joe Moreno

5.11 Penetrating the Blog Underworld

5.12 Duplicated Items on Pseudonymous Blog

5.13 The Reductionist Anti-Guru Label

5.14 The Anti-Sai Complexity

5.15 The Proof of Internet Terrorism

5.16 The Sheilawaring User  Name

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How does Sathya Sai Baba help anyone?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 24, 2009

Such a major mythological story has built up around Sathya Sai Baba that he manages to attract people to himself from far and wide, He wants to direct them toward God, divinity and no doubt would like to help them with their personal and spiritual problems. As soon as anyone who has rad all the amazing claims about him and what he says himself comes to believe he has in some way been involved in  helping them, they are hooked.

However, most people’s real needs are never fulfilled. This one explain to oneself – according to his doctrine – by believing the problems, the need, the suffering or whatever are  “tests” set by God (who he also claims to be in the fullest possible incarnation) and that these must be faced if we are to progress on the so-called spiritual path. Devotees even thank him for their problems… always hoping that they will nevertheless be mitigated and at worst – or at best – ended when they die (and enter the vague and indescribable state of ‘divine liberation’ or cloud-cuckoo land itself “. This is to surrender ones ego to Sathya Sai Baba, to eliminate one’s own will and mind in favour of becoming an instrument (‘puppet’) of whatever directs one… assuming this whatever is divinely purposeful. This is the total resignation to fate… throwing away one’s birthright along with a mind of ones own and giving up on the struggle for what is right, good ,fair, just and in the best interests of fellow humans.

Sai Baba is a needle stuck in a groove, ever reiterating the same sermons…  “God is Love, all is God, everyone is God”. One is supposed to surrender to God… but that means to surrender to everything , resign yourself to be a straw in the wind (remembering Sai Baba’s words – not a blade of grass moved without the will of God’.  Instead of meeting people openly, frankly and in observance of the reality of their lives, Sai Baba persuades everyone he can that their lives are but passing clouds, where all is unreal and deceptive, and all wrongs are our own fault. This is because he has no power other than what his followers, their work, energy and money give him in India in the temporal world.

As Professor Dale Beyerstein has said of him: ” … ascribing authority to him and having faith in him, we’ll come to interpret everything as depending on him, slowly we’ll modify our life basing on what he says, and so it will seem to us that ‘God has intervened in our life’. He is not a cosmic divine incarnation, but an Indian, local, material, terrestrial phenomenon, like many before and after him. He’s an indian who has a high opinion of his country, and tries with not so much success to promote its supremacy in some field. Sai Baba proposes generic spiritual recipes (taken from the many, thousands years old sacred scriptures and from some personal idea) for today world’s problems, even the most serious ones. These solutions are totally useless and ineffective; instead of urging on the practical solution of world’s problems, SB with his “recipes” could create false hopings in those who trust him, and also laxity (‘…he will take care of everything, he that is God…’)“.

Glen Meloy was a long-standing devotee who freed himself from Sathya Sai Baba’s indoctrination when he was told by young men he knew of their being sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba. He came to much the same conclusion as Beyerstein did and so many others have too, as follows…

For quite some time now, I have felt the true freedom of thought, word and deed ever since I disconnected from the mind controlling cult led by the fraud in Puttaparthi who dares to call himself the God of the Gods.

As for spiritual enlightenment, that comes in many ways………. The greatest attainment for myself personally was when I finally took back the consciousness that I willingly gave away in the mistaken belief that God resides  on a higher pedestal and functions as an external power to all of us  mortals.

Nothing could be further from the truth…….. the mistaken belief made by most of the world is that we are taught to literally interpret and practice the various spiritual writings of the ages.

This has, like lemmings, led many of us to seek the love and to give the control of our lives to those who claim to be more highly evolved than the rest of us. It is a grand plan of deception that has been practiced for millenniums and perpetuates the myth that we must always seek approval for our thoughts, words and deeds from a source of power outside of ourselves.” Glen Meloy

For my part (Robert Priddy), this shows that any idea of God is actually superfluous… even the idea that God is within us, or God is everywhere, in everything or IS everything. This is an entirely circular form of thinking which defeats itself once it comers full circle, as I have demonstrated here.


SEE ALSO Dr. Dale Beyerstein’s study of Sathya Sai Baba’s claims and ‘miracles’

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

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Notable Former Devotees Who Have Spoken Out

Posted by robertpriddy on August 24, 2009

List of Some Prominent Former Devotees Who Have Spoken Out – Despite repeated attacks on them. The list also excludes many who are known or understood to have spoken out but of whom we lack proper documentation. Many who have spoken up were prominent leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization – who, the moment the stood forth, became non-persons – demeaned, shunned, defamed. Some outspoken individuals have been:

Britt-Marie Anden,   David and Faye Bailey , Brian D. Steel , Stephen Carthew, Marianne & Michael Warren, Sergei Badaev, ‘Divya’ or Eileen Weed (lived in with SB’ elder sister for years), Timothy Conway Ph.D, John and Ella Evers, Terry Gallagher, Hariram Jayaram, Conny LarssonDave Lyons, Glen Meloy, Alexandra Nagel, Terry & Richard Nelson, Dennis J. Hanisch, Dave G. Brandt, Roy Pendragon, Shirley J. Pike, Sharon Purcell, Reidun Priddy, Barry Newton, Åsa Samsioe, Jorge ReyesveraRick RainesDiana Scott (Payne), (For the Rahm family)
See also : Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America

and Al Rahm’s explanatory letter
Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family,

Each of the above honest individuals (excepting Divya) were unscrupulously attacked by Gerald Joe Moreno, who worked in league with various members of the Sathya Sai Baba movement.


PLEASE SEE THE SAI PETITION AND DECIDE WHETHER TO SIGN IT

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Sathya Sai Baba’s actions constantly belie his words

Posted by robertpriddy on August 23, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba judges others as “zeroes” and always implies that, by contrast, he is a hero. He claims his actions must precede words, and not deviate from them.

But he continually fails to measure up to this himself, as anyone who dares think a genuinely independent thought about him can discover. For example, his 2003 Guru Purnima discourse, as edited down to make it less swanky in Sanathana Sarathi (August 2003, p. 229):-

People are heroes in speech but zeroes in action. Today the world is being duped by such people. Those who have true love in their heart will not indulge in tall talk. They demonstrate their love in action. Today people speak a lot without translating their speech into action. Such people verily are thieves. They demonstrate their love in action. Today people speak a lot without translating their speech into action. Such people verily are thieves

Sathya Sai Baba makes himself the ultimate hero in speech after speech. His own personal actions are observable, walking about, putting his hand on things and people. He does nothing one could really call hard work, he rather goes around accepting adulation. He has for decades not had to lift a finger to do or provide anything for himself.

“Today the world is being duped by such people” Comment: Faking “materialisations” of vibuthi through sleight of hand, and of cheap trinkets (claimed to be valuable) and imported watches etc. etc. is what Sathya Sai Baba does, and gets huge donations from those he has duped into believing he and his “miracles” are holy and pure. He lies “until he is blue in the face” and covers up murders and other abuses of which he is accused as documented in these blogs and on other websites.

Those who have true love in their heart will not indulge in tall talk.” He is the tallest talker ever known, literally! (See here) He has also boasted that no one anywhere is doing even one thousandth of the work he does (Xmas 2000) which is most patently? His constant gushing self-praise is spread on thick in his writings and discourses. He sees himself as the apostle of Infinite Love – and expounds this on every occasion – yet his supposed “loving actions’ have been described by many young men on the Internet and in TV interviews.

How many hundreds of millions of words has Sathya Sai Baba poured forth… shelves buckle under books containing only a fraction of his discourses, and even they are but excerpts… while his followers do over 99% of all the actions he claims to his sole credit. That is the true account of his words and actions.

“Such people verily are thieves” Those who collect donations under false pretenses, using sleight of hand, pretend to create and give away genuine diamonds (when donations will be given in return) and many other such deceits are the thieves.

Then there is the continual ‘Me, Me, Me’ in all Sathya Sai Baba ‘s discourses. Just look and see in any volume… yet he tells us he is selfless, needs no praise and that speaking of one’s good deeds makes them as if valueless.

That anyone cannot see this deceit would be incredible, but for the tremendous, subtle self-induced brain-washing that followers undertake without realising it.

See also Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
(Spanish version PETICIÓNPÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES

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Astonishing Sai Baba miracle report + video clip

Posted by robertpriddy on August 22, 2009

E-mail received about major mirtacle - sender's name protected

E-mail received about major miracle - sender's name protected

This is a story of the kind that spreads like wildfire among believers… and Sai officials do nothing to halt such rumours and sometimes they are the source of them or of supporting ‘testimony’ A very similar story was circulating in 1994 when I was present at the ashram. An Australian was said to have been sent through a door drawn by Sai Baba on the interview room wall back to his dying wife in Australia… and his luggage arrived there too! Only the most credulous can accept such stories… so I asked V.K. Narasimhan to ask Sai Baba about it, which he did. He came back and said that the only reply was ‘No Comment!’ In other words, no denial whatever, and later he confirmed that the event occurred! A member of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, Mr. Prasad, also spread endorsement of the story through IAS official V. Ramnath (see whole episode recounted here)

Making a story about Mecca is no doubt a vain attempt to engage Muslims in the Sai Baba mythology. There were but two or three known Muslim followers in all the years I visited! Two were employed by Sai Baba (the Sufi Muslim Bashiruddin and a Seva Dal boss), otherwise there are none to be seen there usually. No ladies wearing hijab for a start. Sai Baba seems not to realise that Islam – whether Sunni or Shiite – totally rejects that God can take human form… so that leaves Sai Baba as nothing but a false prophet for them. Besides, Muslims have been libelled in official Sai Baba literature too! (see here)

‘Everything in Prashanthi Nilayam is a Rumour’ according to an Irish devotee filmed there before the sex allegations broke across the Internet in 1999. He tells how the rumor was that Michael Jackson was supposedly to visit Prashanthi Nilayam, but it never happened… also a rumour.Lucey brief video clip here (QuickTime movie 400kbs)


Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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Sai Baba: Glaring Publicity yet Silence on Critical Issues

Posted by robertpriddy on August 21, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba imposes silence about himself as far as possible

Sathya Sai Baba imposes silence about himself as far as possible

In earlier years, many Sai Baba devotees strictly followed his advice not to engage in publicity for him. He claimed his success was ensured without the need for any publicity whatever, and he banned all such. All that has now changed! Meanwhile, he continued to blare out in discourses (relayed in print, film and other media) pronouncements of his own marvellous deeds as exceeding anything ever done by anyone on earth. Eventually, his leaders took his own lead and began lavish publicity events around the world. When the scandals broke onto the Internet in 2000, he pronounced in 2000 that no followers should use the Internet. Sai Baba’s thus made a divine faux pas, (though he always claims omniscience and omnipotence) because a very large number of insubordinate devotees soon ignored this edict, as well as his early complaints that computers would ruin human intellect etc. ) He has since accepted and financed websites and radio stations on a large scale as a necessary supplement to his propaganda machine.

Sai devotee websites and bulletin boards are even more censorious and unquestioning than the Sai discussion groups, and no genuine thinking or the mildest hint of criticism is ever voiced. This further testifies to the fear of public scrutiny. Only after six years of silence did the official Sai apparatus – falsely imagining that they had won in a US court case – take the chance of dealing with the allegations in an article posted on the official Radio Sai website by the second-in-command of the Prashanthi Council,  Dr. G. Venkataraman, the mendacious propagandist. He has since been answered very thoroughly and fully rebutted with complete documentation. See also the true statement of the facts about the lawsuit of Alaya Rahm by the International Just Group, the Rahm family and their lawyer, which clearly shows that Dr. G. Venkataraman has made a concerted bid – in his posting on the official Prashanthi Nilayam website – to deceive the public as to what occurred. He claims that no students to whom he has talked have any knowledge of sexual abuses by Sai Baba, which is exactly what one would expect considering that fully-signed up blind believer Venkataraman would tell Sai Baba who alleged what… That could have drastic consequences for any student who spoke out, and even a virtual death sentence (murders of students have been widely documented). Students at Sai Baba’s colleges have contacted me and told me just that… and none are unaware of the dangers involved in speaking to Venkataraman or identifying themselves in public in any way (unless they are securely and permanently outside India).

Any candid study of Sathya Sai Baba and his environment would need to look at the serious alleged crimes and not least at the almost endless string of wholly absurd and false claims made by this Baba about himself.


PLEASE SEE THE SAI PETITION AND DECIDE WHETHER TO SIGN IT

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The Dilemma in Worshipping a God of Megalomaniac Claims

Posted by robertpriddy on August 20, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba posing as Narayana on the Serpent Bed

Sathya Sai Baba posing as Narayana on the Serpent Bed

It has in the last decade become increasingly damaging for anyone’s reputation in the world as a person of common sense or educated intelligence to be further associated with Sathya Sai Baba in any way other than critically. The exception to this is those who are based within certain religious Indian communities. In India, PMs and Presidents, Ministers, Supreme and High Court judges, magistrates plus the Indian armed services and even many police are followers of this power-broking moneybags who claims to be The Deity of All Deities and ‘The Creator of the Universe Incarnate’ etc. etc., at whose feet all prayers to any God whatever eventually arrive! Believe it or not, but all devout followers are required to believe it fully, and they do!

It is hardly therefore at all surprising that the vast majority of those disaffected from Sai Baba – especially those who must live in India – try to keep a low profile or stay anonymous. Most persons who contact the exposé through its various websites and e-mail addresses – and there are many hundreds of them – do not wish their names to be posted. A mass of extremely revealing materials are not publicly referenced, including accounts by close students (known as “form boys” and “chics”) of Sai Baba’s sexual abuses and major fraudulence (especially his ‘materializations of ‘holy ash’ and trinkets he gives away in the hope of financial and other large donations in return). These cases are investigated carefully for genuineness without giving away their identities, recorded and then archived for possible future reference, within the bounds of strict permission obtained from primary informants, when the time may be ripe. A large majority of those who have contacted exposé workers say they want to forget and ‘move on’ with their lives. Meanwhile, many of those who have reported their shocking experience or their parents and supporters have been ostracised totally by devotees and Sai officials who for years called them ‘brothers and sisters’ and knew the integrity of those in many countries who have, for reasons of moral principle, left the Sathya Sai Organisation.

See also Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
(Spanish version PETICIÓNPÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES

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The Gerald Joe Moreno dossier – part 1

Posted by robertpriddy on August 19, 2009

Gerald Joe Moreno runs a massive defamation and arrant disinformation campaign on the Internet, where he acts as the point man for defending Sathya Sai Baba, his largely clandestine and authoritarian Organization and many more or less affiliated devotees and supporters. Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that he is in close touch with Sathya Sai Organization leaders, especially in the USA. Nonetheless, his extreme harassment activities are a great liability for the Sathya Sai Organization because they demonstrate its strongly cultist nature. In not denouncing his constant harassment of former respected devotees, despite challenges to them from the JuST group of former devotees, the Prashanthi Council and all Sai Baba officials will not denounce these most ‘unspiritual’ activities. Through the prominence on Google achieved by Moreno’s innumerable blogs and web pages across countless Sai-related keywords, his fanatical attacks have increasingly become a cultist millstone about the neck of Sai Baba and his movement, whether they condone it or not. In the blazoning of total denial of every criticism of this presumed perfect God, they serve to keep the fact of major dissent to the fore. He claims to be a defender of ‘free speech’ but he does all he can to deny this right to dissidents by harassment, attempts to remove their web pages etc.

Such defenders of Sai Baba willing to write numerous untruths and use a wide range of dirty tricks against critics are evidently condoned by the Sathya Sai Organization, where they are not also directly fed with materials for it. Gerald Moreno’s constant character assassination attempts on all critics of Sathya Sai Baba, parodying them in irrelevant and adolescent ways, and relentlessly web stalking them and any family members, associates, and any of their friends whose names he can discover – is a cultist hate campaign of massive dimensions virtually without parallel on the Internet today. The dossier of all these hate mails and postings is mounting up and will eventually be posted for the world to see.

Joe Moreno is not a devotee but is the main defender of all Sathya Sai matters  The major and unrepentant infringer of copyright - countless photos of critics and texts of mine - rails at length about ONE SINGLE photo which he for some reason is rather desperate to hide away.

Joe Moreno is not a devotee but is the main defender of all Sathya Sai matters The major and unrepentant infringer of copyright – countless photos of critics and texts of mine – rails at length about ONE SINGLE photo which he for some reason is rather desperate to hide away.

The foremost of this last category by far is Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘front man’ on the Internet, Gerald Joe Moreno, the sheer volume of whose inflammatory attacks, libels and denigrations fire the controversy over Sathya Sai Baba and all involved. Moreno’s keyword-packed pages often overshadow – in Google and other page ranking engines – most of the web pages of the many Sathya Sai Organization web sites. The overall impression the public receives is of a cult, officially sticking to nothing but 100% positive propaganda and the unofficially condoning and – through semi-official websites – supporting negative attacks and character assassination attempts on critics of Sathya Sai Baba. Both the unresponsive organization and their aggressive defenders excel in being devoid of any self-criticism, self-reflective attitudes, or evaluation of the facts involved in the burning issue… Sathya Sai Baba’s widely demonstrated fraudulence and deception.

Further details are to follow later….

See also
Open letter to the Prashanthi Council – Michael Goldstein, G. Venkataraman

Formal Appeal to the Prashanthi Council

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno and Fact-Changing

Main overview of Gerald Moreno’s agenda and methods

 


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Sathya Sai Baba – disclosure of damaging facts

Posted by robertpriddy on August 18, 2009

An oft-repeated claim by Sathya Sai Baba, parroted by devotees, is that many kinds of unfair and undocumented accusations have been levelled against Sai Baba through the years, both by sceptics and followers who are dissatisfied or disappointed by unfulfilled expectations as to Sathya Sai Baba ‘s attention etc. This is based on Sathya Sai Baba s own pronouncements about how unfairly all good people have always been treated by their jealous contemporaries, and that he will be no exception himself.Who would be jealous of a person who is so credibly accused of serial sex abuses and who was complicit in cold-blooded murder. Dissidents are spoken of as being ‘disgruntled’ (devotees’ mindless Prashanthi-speak) because Sai Baba says they did not get what they wanted from him, but in fact they are disgusted, and rightly so!

Sai Baba’s defensiveness towards all who may leave him is seen in Sanathana Sarathi (11-92, p. 261), “The minds of the so-called devotees are turned in the wrong direction. If their desires are fulfilled, they praise Me. But, once a desire is not realised they go to the extent of even reviling me. Even while they are attempting to understand Me, they harbour doubts from head to foot. Some even leave me, when their worldly desires are not fulfilled.” He also takes the sly precaution of warning that he will have to separate “the grain from the chaff”, as if it were his own plan that devotees who cease to believe or accept him are rejected by him firstly! Why would this self-proclaimed compassionate avatar wish to do that, one asks? The answer is obvious… he is unable to control anyone who has seen through his lies, but can control only except some of those who lie at his feet in surrender.

One cannot but note that such predictions are most convenient for those who know they have something to hide that will not stand the light of day but which will probably eventually be discovered. They can then defend themselves by saying, ‘I predicted this all along’. The propensities Sathya Sai Baba has most apparently been unable to overcome, were reportedly told about to various persons by one of his earliest and closest followers who shared his bedroom for several of his post-pubescent years (the pair of them were known locally as ‘Radha and Krishna’, according to Smt. Vijaya Kumari – ‘Vijayamma‘), and it would moreover be hugely naïve to believe that he never had sexual stirrings in the normal way. He has once actually told in a discourse that the sexual instinct is the hardest of all tendencies for humans to overcome. That homosexual relations with minors are evidently quite widespread and tacitly accepted in much of India does not mean that they are openly accepted or practically legalized in the wider society, so guilt and the need to cover up must also be equally widespread.

See also:-
Sathya Sai Baba – serious child abuse

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