Aimé Levy, President of UK Sathya Sai Organisation until removed as President and relegated to the role of Central Coordinator for UK/Eire (from which he was subsequently dismissed by Michael Goldstein & Indulal Shah), engaged himself in obtaining funds for a sewerage and water supply scheme for Prashanthi Nilayam ashram and surroundings. A team of professionals from around the world (incl. From Canada, UK, and Norway’s eco-engineer, Mr. Terje Nedland) worked very hard – hundreds of hours voluntarily – on designing a complete eco-friendly scheme, for which Levy’s had collected the funds. The team was at Prashanthi twice in two years the 70th birthday, and surveyed the area with the aid of Colonel Joga Rao, the engineer who undertook many projects for Sai Baba. A large sum of money was duly sent by Levy expressly for the purpose, but it was simply appropriated out of hand by the Central Trust (without so much as asking Levy or the team) for another project. See here. Such is the authoritarian style of Sathya Sai Baba and his minions.
Eventually Aime Levy was dismissed from his role of Central Coordinator for UK and Ireland by Mr. Indulal Shah… without so much as an explanation. He and his wife had shown great service by taking care of countless groups of UK devotees they accompanied to India,
Below is an e-mail sent to me shortly after the David Bailey revelations had caused a large number of defections from the UK Sathya Sai Organisation. Its sender, a good friend of mine – the former long-serving President of the U.K. Sathya Sai Organisation and subsequent Central Coordinator for U.K. and Ireland, Aime Levy – had already been most unfairly and peremptorily dismissed by the then International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organisation, the autocratic Indulal Shah, in favour of an ethnic Indian after long and bitter conflicts between most Indian and non-Indian leaders in the UK Sathya Sai Organisation. Aime Levy and his wife Sandra led a very large number of large groups of devotees to India, selflessly providing services for them on a very large scale through many years, and receiving over a score of interviews for their groups. Aime Levy started the major Sathya Sai Bookshop, 19 Hay Lane, Kingsbury, London, buying the premises and donating the profits to Sai Baba’s Central Trust. When forced out of the offices he had served in for years, he donated the entire bookshop – including the valuable property in which it was situation, to the Sathya Sai Organisation of UK, even though he was still under attack from its representatives.
At the time of the e-mail below, the Levys were still not disaffected, though they later became so and broke all connection to Sathya Sai Baba and his organisation. Nevertheless, I find the mail of interest in the attempt to understand why so many devotees of Sathya Sai Baba, especially Indians, take no notice whatever of the massive international allegations of sexual abuse or, if they do, they often rationalise it as something acceptable or even good!
|MAIL FROM THE FORMER CENTRAL COORDINATOR FOR UK AND IRELAND:
for firstname.lastname@example.org; Wed, 30 Aug 2000 20:14:37 +0100
From: “Aime Levy” <email@example.com>
To: “Robert Priddy” <firstname.lastname@example.org>Dearest Friends,Thanks for your last message. We are in touch with devotees here in UK and I am afraid that the David Bailey business is doing more damage. Our yearly “looked forward” Crewe Retreat has been cancelled at the last minute. That is after 15 years of regularly holding the retreat at the same University Campus. I reckon that a large majority of Western devotees have left the organisation. It is such a shame that some people will not see beyond.Talking to some Indian devotees (who by the way are not affected at all – hardly any of them have left) they tell us that it is common knowledge that “Gurus” generally have some of those tendencies.Frankly Sandra and myself still do not know what to make of all this. We love Swami and our love for Him has not changed.
Lots of love to you both,
Aime later informed me that Alvin Drucker had – when pressed on the issue – confided to him and his wife while in Glastonbury. UK, years ago that one of the reasons he left Prashanthi Nilayam was because of the many Amercian parents who used to come to his room and complain that their son or sons had been sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba (I do have full proof of this if events should require it – responsible journalists and investigators can contact me for release of this proof material in confidence).
Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization