In a public discourse in January 1995 (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.28 new ed., p.1), Sathya Sai Baba said: “The good and evil in the world are expressions of Divine consciousness. Man should not be misled by these expressions. Behind all the various actions of the actors, the Divine Director is at work.”
Since Sathya Sai Baba has often proclaimed for himself that divine directorship, this good or evil is an expression of Sathya Sai Baba’ divine consciousness? This is virtually a tacit admission by Sai Baba that he does things humans regard as evil. He has also said:
“The ‘bad’ too is in fact ‘good’ in reverse. It serves to teach what has to be avoided. It would not be ‘bad’ for all time; it is ever short-lived. Neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’ can be pronounced as ‘absolutely unrelieved’ states. Knowledge (vidya) reveals and makes clear that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are only the reactions caused by the failings and feelings of the mind of man.” (Vidya Vahini, p. 22.)
This is a far-reaching assertion, one which can lead to the total confusion of values with anti-values and vice-versa. when acting in the real world. As the divine director, therefore, could not
This implies that the self-proclaimed “embodied Divinity” can just as well do evil as good, since it makes no difference ‘ultimately’ and from his viewpoint. This makes a complete mockery of most of his other statements about how he, the avatar, is only pure love, enacts nothing but good, that everything is good from God’s viewpoint and so on. If good and bad are “only failings and feelings of the mind of man” then what Sai Baba promotes as the five universal human values at the core of religion are utterly superfluous. He also says those values are divine in origin, which means they are not what the world regards to be human values. In either case he claims them to be subjective failings and feelings.
Why have a good example? The avatar, who usurps Mahatma Gandhi’s immortal words (as inscribed on the base of his statue in Old Delhi Gandhi Museum) to claim ‘My Life is My Message’ sets himself up as the prime example of righteousness and goodness. He holds that he exceeds all human beings in purity, selfless desirelessness and truthfulness. Yet he reveals that this is all a fraud… he recognises neither good nor bad as having any relevance in reality.
What is perhaps most shocking about the evidence that has emerged about Sathya Sai Baba ‘s active involvement in unjust and illegal matters, from the murders’ cover-up to the weighty evidence of his homosexual and pedophile activities, is the huge gap this opens between his words and reported actions. There is no other word but wilful deception on a grand scale for these discrepancies.
That a self-proclaimed holy avatar can condone the unjust repression of truth and justice and even allegedly carry out sexual acts of a sort that the Pope at long last openly and forcible condemned as evil requires a thoroughgoing reevaluation by followers of what this person actually represents.
Sai Baba has said, for example, “God assumes a role in the dharma of the world in human form. He has to behave as a human being only. This should be clearly understood by all.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 26 new ed. p. 229f).
Does this indicate that he has to have human failings too? Well, if his role is not one of the purest dharma (i.e. ‘uprightness’), then the answer must be a resounding ‘No!’ How can serious self-contradictions, lies, broken promises, cover-up, and complete unaccountability be reconciled to dharma?
Anyone who holds, therefore, that Sathya Sai Baba can carry out any kind of sexually-oriented interference or direct abuse on boys and young men against their expectations and despite their wishes without it affecting his purity or his truthfulness is also in denial of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s own words, as well as common sense and ordinary decency as these are understood in civilized and morally-enlightened society. Such is a most terrible perversion of spirituality! There are those in the Sai movement who accept him as a sexual abuser.