From Australia, Barry Pittard has just blogged on the ‘Marie Claire’ article on Sathya Sai Baba that appears in the Australian April 2011 edition of this publication, which is one of the premier women’s magazines in the world.
The author of the ‘Marie Claire’ article is Gethin Chamberlain, a senior journalist who has worked for some of the leading media in the world, e.g., The Observer, The Guardian, Grazia, GQ, Look, News of the World, South China Morning Post, The Sunday Telegraph, the Scotsman …..
See:‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed. Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011
For 25 years a devoted follower of Sathya Sai Baba, Pittard dedicated years of his life in service to his then spiritual master, including work among some of India’s poorest people. He is a former lecturer at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India, and from circa 2000 has worked assiduously on behalf of Sathya Sai Baba’s victims who live in many countries around the world. Long active in efforts to foster international, professional, third party investigation into Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, Pittard is also one of the most prominent and incisive of serious, well-informed commentators on Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide sect.
“To be sure, there are grave types of crime, and spiritual betrayal on a mammoth international scale, which this article and many others have not, understandably, been able to capture. Nevertheless, it is to advantage that ‘Marie Claire’ features world standard photojournalism, and the ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’ article contains quite recent and strikingly revealing photos of just some of the incredible opulence with which Sai Baba surrounds himself. His madness, authoritarianism and overweening arrogance are damningly evident to a vast array of human beings, but not to those smitten by their unquestioning faith in him” ….
Although it states that there are many worldwide allegations of Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of young males, and refers to the UNESCO and US State Department advisories, the ‘Maire Claire’ article does not allude to various other scandals, most notably the massive Puttaparthi and local, state and central government cover up of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in on 6 April 1993, which BBC television exposed well in ‘The Secret Swami’, in 2004. See:Barry Pittard’s Guide To His Articles On The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Exposing Sai Baba) and: V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings and: Will V.P.B. Nair Keep His Word To BBC On Sathya Sai Baba? and: V.K. Narasimhan on the 1993 Sathya Sai Baba murders and: Sathya Sai Baba and India in-depth study. Two examples Chamberlain cites give typical examples of the guru-blinded nature of many Sathya Sai Baba cultists (and cultists of many another feather!), and the manner in which they bury their consciences in rationalizations that defy ethics common to many cultures, and indeed contravene the laws of a great many countries ….”