Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Sai Baba’s Service Projects (Seva) and Bill Aitken

Posted by robertpriddy on January 12, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba says one should not do service to impress (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 28, p. 341) and he deplores “the egoism and poisons the Seva of even veterans in the field, who go about extolling themselves as founders and promoters” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 1, p.97). Yet he is ever extolling himself as a founder and promoter of service projects.  In his booklet Jnana Vahini, Sai Baba criticises “self-aggrandisement; when self holds sway over the heart, no deed worthy to be styled Service can emanate.” (p.34). So what about Sai Baba’s self-aggrandisement? Some of the documentation of his words and actions and those of his organization are summarized in the following web pages:-

Sathya Sai_and_His_Service ;
Sai Baba on His Public Service ;
Sai_Baba’s_Service_Projects_and_Publicity ;
Sathya Sai Organization malpractices overview

The travel writer and Sai-devotee Bill Aitken has tried to throw mud
against those who document the above kind of sound and undeniable evidence. He wrote:- “The strategy of the critics seems to be that if sufficient mud is thrown, some might stick. This hit and run behaviour suggests a neurotic concern to damn by any possible means.”  (see here) The raison d’être of the exposé is the public need to counteract the vast propaganda networks using all the media (funded by millions of dollars), all possible political connections, major promotions by renting major costly venues in attempts to induct people to join the Sai Baba cult, using disinformation and cover-up.Aitken also wrote: “Nothing Baba can say or do meets their approval. If he provides drinking water to thirsty villagers they scent a scam but if he doesn’t provide drinking water he is anti-poor.” Documentation is no hit-and-run tactic. We stand firm and will face down any attempt to silence us. We point out the lies about the projects involved – projects to which many of us have contribted considerable funds in the past. Sai Baba has claimed that there is never the slightest waste (which is totally untrue in the case of the Water Projects where entrepreneur and financial scams were considerable) and that the Sathya Sai Central Trust is impeccable (which is definitely untrue, as V.K. Narasimhan alone has dared to tell people).The means by which Sathya Sai Baba damns himself are simply exposed to the full, which upsets Aitken in his cosy belief – probably his deep-seated cognitive-neurotic concern to preserve his own faith however much denial it requires of him. Aitken’s book reminds of what most devotees are ever saying “you are so privileged and blessed to be close at the feet of God Almighty”. This status is treasured so much that no objectivity is possible for those most dependent on this apparent affirmation.
Aitken wrote further: “Certain foreign evangelical missions invest in these hate campaigns as a godly task while in international forums, pressure on voting patterns is discreetly applied by lobbyists of rival religions, to further their own cause.” Here Aitken abandons all pretense at neutral “comparative religion” and steps into dangerous territory, for he cannot prove this. The reason is that it is simply not true in the case of anyone involved the numerous whistle-blowing websites and their backers which I have listed above. The claim that critics were being paid to lie was itself a lie – one spread brazenly by Sathya Sai Baba himself in his infamous Christmas Discourse of 2000 – the epitome of unchristian behaviour on such a day, if ever there was one!

 

Note: William McKay Aitken (also ‘Bill’ Aitken) was born a Scot, studied comparative theology at Leeds University to Masters level and WAS thereafter what he called ‘a spiritual nomad’, hitch-hiked to India in 1959, moterbiked around a lot, lived in Himalayan ashrams – all the qualifications of the so-called 1960s ‘dharma bum’. He got involved with a widowed Maharani (a Sathya Sai Baba devotee) and subsequently became a naturalised Indian. He regularly spends time at Sathya Sai’s ashrams, which makes him sectarian rather than any reliable and objective ‘expert in comparative religion’, as he has claimed for himself.


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

 

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