Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil – Sai Baba (up-dated)

Posted by robertpriddy on February 26, 2007


One of Sathya Sai Baba’s well-known prescriptions was the famous ‘three monkeys’ aphorism: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. This penny proverb is hundreds of years old (origin not known) and is a key to much of Sai Baba’s ‘teaching’ on correct behavior. He had several variants of this like “See only good, hear only good, speak only good.” and “See good, be good, do good” or “Always speak softly and sweetly”. The proverb is often represented by three monkeys covering their eyes, ears, and mouth respectively with their hands. However, no one can possibly avoid seeing people act in bad ways, immorally and criminally, so the intended meaning is ‘ignore evil’. The phrase is often said of people who don’t want to be involved, which fits with Sai Baba’s unrealistic teaching about avoiding attachment to friends or even family, and – above all – never criticizing others (see previous blog).

Like so many such penny proverbs, is not only vague or potentially ambiguous, but it is also impossible in actual life. The advice was taken by Sai Baba  to mean one should never condemn anything anyone does as wrong. Yet to ignore and not speak of wrong-doing, crime and worse, society would be lapse into a free for all liars, criminals, and oppressors, so anarchy would take over. Such a draconian rule would – if followed generally – stop most human discussion, debate and investigation concerning the dangers that beset society from its potential attackers. Political life would be a parody of democracy with nothing but sweet and gentle talk that avoid conflict on all critical issues. 

More insidiously dangerous, however, is the likelihood that, by following this self-styled ‘divine, sublime advice’, one will even come to view immoral and criminal acts as not being such at all, but as being blameless events – the result of inevitable and unstoppable ‘karma’, all ordained by a higher power against which one could do nothing. Yet worse, on the same principle, if  followed to its fullest consequences – everything may tend to be seen as inherently good.  Sathya Sai Baba has even expressed this view, speaking as if from the universal ‘eternal divine viewpoint’! “Hear, see, speak only good” is another version of the wise monkeys’s advice. It is well exemplified by remaining followers of Sai Baba’s who ignore – and thereby condone – his widely testified sexual abuses of many young men as being the will of God. It is argued by some that such behaviour is something the true meaning of which we mortal human beings cannot understand.  

To forget and ignore what is not good (even though one has heard otherwise) leads to an irrational and impracticable variant of ‘positive thinking’. ot the Pollyanna principle. This comes fully to expression in the hagiographic literature about Sathya Sai Baba by his devotees, where one finds lavish and excessive praise of him and his acts without a single honest word about his failings and faults like broken promises, proven lies, meretricious claims, or many criminal acts of which he stands accused. The three monkeys’ aphorism proved a most convenient curb on followers who would otherwise utter criticism of some of Sai Baba’s excesses. Some support the proverb insofar as it seems a corrective to that part of the media concerned mainly with ‘sensational’ scandal, the so-called ‘gutter press’. The same proverb, however, equally denies the right to criticise the press, even when it oversteps all just and decent limits.

So this primitive aphorism ought to be rejected in favour of a much more useful and practicable ‘human value’: it can be expressed as “Wherever possible, hear, think and speak constructively”. This also necessarily involves the recognition of all manner of fact and would defend a minimum of frank comment and openness between people about all things. This, however, was anathema to Sathya Sai Baba and all who belong to his Sathya Sai Organisation, as is shown by the dismissal of office-bearers who try to correct bad treatment of foreigners by staff at Sai Baba ashrams, who occasionally spoke out about the many ills there, who asked about inconsistencies between word and action, or about murders, reported sexual abuses and various other such crimes there.

Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization View ex-follower signatures (Spanish version PETICIÓNPÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES)

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