Sai Baba’s Dark- and Rose-coloured Glasses
One of Sai Baba’s well-known prescriptions is to hear, see and do only what is good, to put on “rose-coloured glasses” and view the world thereby. Nonetheless, Sai Baba himself constantly describes both the world, modern life, Indian society and even often his own devotees in far from ‘rosy’ terms! – seeing rather through ‘dark’ glasses. This is his stock-in-trade, to preach but act contrary to his words. He does, however, turn a ‘blind eye’ to the embezzlements and other crimes of his followers, not least towards the Kulwant Rai family, with whom he stays when in Delhi.
Sathya Sai Baba always encourages what he presents as a “healthy” tendency among his followers not to report on anything untoward. About him, his activities or connections. This tendency, to erase the traces of any unfortunate events at ashrams and ensure the silence of any visitor as far as can be done, is well known in religious cults. It is most unhealthy to suppress and censor facts, and this has a way of turning back on the culprits.
Truth and being constructive, however, presumes the fair and open recognition of facts and a minimum of frankness and honesty between people. The outward appearance of rosiness alone does not avert inevitable problems that come from this and from cover-ups of crimes, child abuse and sexual abuse. See also here.
Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization