Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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The insidiousness of cultist indoctrination – Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on February 2, 2009

A subtly developed  ‘delusional world-view’ is basic to cultism It depends on a number of malfunctions which are common in some lesser extent to the thinking of most people at some time or other. These become a cognitive disorder when a group of these are present at once and over time. This is necessarily the case with those completely absorbed followers of any cult, certainly also of Sathya Sai Baba.

There is no reasoning with a person who is ensnared in the system of ‘explanations’, excuses, rationalizations that surrounds Sathya Sai Baba and absolves him of everything imaginable in advance! (I was once all too accepting of this myself, as I found out to my tough edification) . To quote a well-known expert on the East, the usual Eastern spiritual ‘teaching’ contains:-

“… propaganda, so constant, so intensive, so insidious, as to leave its mark on the strongest intellect. All had been cut off… from all normal intellectual and political influences, from all valid standards of comparison. In a sense, all their minds must work along the same lines, along different lines, that is, from the Western mind. Was it altogether surprising that, with this mental background, they should at times have difficulty in distinguishing between the real and the imaginary, the actual and the hypothetical, that their faculties should become blurred, that they should lose their objectivity?” excerpt from ‘Eastern Approaches’ by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, p. 114 (Penguin books)

Liberation from largely self-induced delusional beliefs is no quick easy matter In most instances, deeply ingrained cognitive disorders are extremely hard to ‘correct’. So long as the person concerned feels comfortable with a delusive perception and ideology, there is little cause to try to change it. The surrounding cult sustains the view and the person who adopt it. Yet when major events cause the belief system to be unsustainable, to break down over some undeniable incident, proof of abuses of faith and worse, it can take years gradually to recover a saner, more down-to-earth sensible view of reality and oneself, since ‘de-programming’ of what one has programmed oneself with is almost impossible for many persons without considerable support… therapy or counselling.

When the mainspring of a cult’s faith is broken, the unfortunate followers have to contemplate having wasted large parts of their lives on the glorification of a myth. Many cannot bear the wrench and bury their heads like ostriches – in rationalizations, excuses, half-truths. This is the case with the Sai movement , which has suffered the loss of many of the most competent, honest and active partakers  followers due to the revelations about his sexual and other alleged crimes. The movement is in inner turmoil, as can be seen from much that leaks out despite the closing down of interface with the open society and the cultist licking of wounds that will not heal, whatever propaganda is created.

See a clear list of cognitive problems in cultist’s  perceptions and thinking here.

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Sai Baba – personal experience vs. learned facts

Posted by robertpriddy on February 1, 2009

Speak only from your direct experience, never rely on any other basis. Part of his so-called ’Sai teaching’ is to rely entirely on your own experience in all matters. But most  perceptions are influenced by the subject’s preconceptions and many  interpretations of them are at least partly pre-programmed by what one has been taught, which came very largely from others. Unless one has developed a well-balanced and healthy reservation in judgement and the techniques of self-reflection, criticism and more.

The nature and degree of reliability of personal experience varies very greatly from one instance to another, and from person to person. Personal experience is actually often equivalent only to subjective experience. Perception of the same events differ tremendously between those who have ‘personal experience’ of them, depending on their position, their foreknowledge, their ingrained attitudes and so forth.  Independent observers often diverge radically in their accounts from engaged participants. That said, we do build some considerable part of our own valid convictions on deep personal experiences. Yet we necessarily build by far the greater part of our knowledge and world-views on received information – such as through upbringing, education, the workplace and a wide circle of influences from friends to the media and so on. This might be considered to be ‘hearsay’, but it is very far from being only what one hears and reads. The range of ‘hearsay’ under that tendentious usage stretches, say, from the Encyclopedia Britannica to envious and untrue slander over the fence. Such an attitude makes a mockery of the institutions of society as a whole and raises the individual to a supreme status as the knower of fact and truth.

Tendentious appeals to ‘personal experience’
To refute public facts, the argument from personal experience is used by propagandists, demagogues and cultists of all kinds. There are many cults in which the master or guru’s view is that only personal experience is the basis for all truth. Now, if it is reported that a boy was sexually abused by him, those blind believers who wish to suppress the report and cover it up have responded by: ‘ have you personally experienced sexual abuse, and if not, you cannot know it happened’. This has occurred even when it was reported by a doctor and confirmed by an independent doctor.

The perception of devotees that they experience divine love from the guru – such as when he merely looks into their eyes very briefly – is pre-programmed through what others have glowingly reported and the consequent massive expectations are held over a very long time before they get to see him thus. The projection of ones faith and longings is the most likely result.  This mostly speaks of lack of previous experience of charismatic persons, or of clever manipulators and psychopaths for whom everything they do is an act calculated to control and manipulate others, so ingrained that their charm seems entirely natural.

Vicarious ‘experience’ and living through the perceptions of others In a cult which is large enough to hinder anything but the most fleeting direct contact with the figurehead most  long-term followers do not leave it after the exposure of major lies and crimes by the guru. Having built their lives around it all, they are cocooned in a form of delusion known as cognitive disorder. It is very far from first-hand experience of Sathya Sai Baba, except at best for short periods, and is based on reliving and regenerating the perceptions learned from the massive literature, films and personal stories from others (hearsay, not experience). When it that boy were being  sexually abused by Sai Baba, the accusers were often asked ‘ have you personally experienced that sexual abuse, and if not, how can you  know it happened’. This has occurred even when it was reported by a doctor and confirmed by an independent doctor. Deciding guilt depends on all kinds of evidence, its extent, consistency, quality and many other circumstances.

In Jesus sects, for example, charismatics speak as if they knew Jesus personally, could tell what he really though and wanted, despite his having lived long ago and far away… and the historical record being fragmentary, contradictory and the gospels being shown to have been manipulated through misplaced zeal, mistranslations and misunderstandings. Still, thousands flock to the preacher and believe in his ‘testimony’ which is even called ‘witnessing’!

Further highly relevant reading:-

How mis-perceptions of Sai Baba and onself are developed

Why is Sai Baba never to blame?

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