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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Indulal Shah, flawed exponent of Sathya Sai Baba’s precepts

Posted by robertpriddy on July 12, 2009

It is often said that the test of a guru is the quality of his devotees. They certainly do tend to reflect his teaching and example, and I might add, this also implies that they do not always act in acceptable ways. After long experience of the Sai movement, the ashrams and the Sathya Sai Organization (two decades), I was forced more and more to the conviction that Sai devotees are seldom any better in actual behaviour than your average person, and the majority are frequently more selfish, ill-mannered and with fewer good qualities than those among whom I have grown up and later associated through my life. One defector from the Sai Organization illustrated the parlous situation of ‘ordinary’ members well…

by: Barry Newton – ex-devotee & office-bearer, Australia.

I can relate easily with the recent posting at exbaba regarding devotees reflective of the guru. My experience in the Sathya Sai Organization has been the witness of extraordinary arrogance and selfishness on the part of those at the highest levels who should be exemplars and models of good and kind behaviour. But sadly, it is not so.

One occasion I witnessed – (Sri) Indulal Shah strut to the head of an extremely long queue in the western canteen at Prashanti in a manner which the word ‘pompous’ barely describes adequately. In all of my 49 years on earth I am yet to see a distant approximation of this man’s pompously self-important arrogance. The way he walked past and looked upon everyone with arrogant disdain is forever etched in my mind – a look I shall never forget, as if he was the only clean being amongst filthy revolting sub-humans.

It is said that you don’t get a second chance at a first impression, and that first impressions are always correct. In that regard I would urge all Sai devotees to take a second chance and long review their first impressions of the Sai ashram’s and organisations. The truth was there long before unfulfilled needs created the delusion.

Since leaving the Sai culture it is like a dark cloud has been lifted from me, and I can see clearly now! Very clearly.

Yours in Truth, Barry Newton (Thankfully) ex-Sai Org deputy chair NSW, Australia. (09-13-02)

Further comment by Robert Priddy: I know a few Sai persons who were generous, friendly and showed good qualities. That did not make them capable of acting with conscience when they came to know that many young men had accused Sathya Sai baba of sexual abuse, and some of his closest followers exposed him as a serial sexual abuser of boys (such as Dr. Naresh Bhatia, David Bailey, Conny Larsson and more).The best of them were those who investigated the matter, faced the facts and spoke out. The others buried their heads in the sand and followed the mantra “See, hear, think no evil”, which Sai Baba has impressed on all his followers (a smart self-protective ploy).I knew a lot of low profile followers who I found to be good through and through. I started out following Sai Baba’s advice determined to accept everyone, see the good in them and look beyond their faults and shortcomings. But this attitude was gradually and relentlessly worn down to a normal, common sense view of them again. I was since 1986 acquainted with one favourite of Sai Baba, a Danish VIP veranda person who was very dishonest in business, I saw his signed commitments to a Danish friend of mine who was treasurer of the Copenhagen Sathya Sai Organization, Eddie Helshøi, which that person refused to honour, involving payments he had agreed for services but which he refused to make. That alone condemned him in my eyes as a hypocrite, and the fact that Sai Baba accepted him so thoroughly was impossible to rationalize.

The most prominent ones often demonstrate massive egocentrism towards those they consider their ‘subordinates’ in the organization, while slavishly and unquestioningly doing whatever their ‘superiors’ told them (such as the International Chairman or Sai Baba). Their willingness to manipulate and connive against members under cover of an adopted outward piety and verbal unction was disgusting… so much so that I have to wonder where and how they were brought up. Plenty of thers have spoken to me about the egoism and dishonesty and, I had to concur though I am not – like Sai Baba – in the business of counting the sins of others (it would also be a time-consuming task among Sai devotees).

After deep consideration, I find the social environment Sai Baba has nurtured is not particularly praiseworthy and is neither civil nor particularly caring, let alone loving. There are exceptions to this, but they only tend to prove the rule. Even Sai Baba expresses this opinion again and again, and much more forcefully when he rants at his followers (especially in private group sessions, not least with his so-called ‘Seva Dal’ members).
See also:-

Indulal Shah and the press

Indulal Shah, cover-up man for Sai Baba

See what V.K. Narasimhan (Sai Baba’s trusted editor) said about Indulal Shah here

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

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