The inexpressible ‘Truth’ of which Sathya Sai Baba ever talks – which he says is both eternal and not graspable by any human mind (excluding his supposedly Divine mind) – is of such a transcendent and metaphysical nature that he admits it cannot even be expressed. Yet he constantly tells us he is telling us what it is! Such ‘truth’ which cannot be expressed should rather be consigned to silence (as Wittgenstein opined). It is like an eternal night in which all cows are black. Moreover, this ‘Truth’ which Sai Baba expresses for his own different purposes (in assuming himself to be God) constantly flies in the face of facts actually serves to hide the whole truth and not lest that of the truth of the great chain being. So much for his name ‘Sathya’ (i.e. ‘Truth’) – it evidently refers to an empty abstraction in his case!
The supposed ‘truth’ Sai Baba preaches is not of this world, he insists, which is merely a fleeting phenomenon, a passing cloud! We can certainly say it is of no value or any help at all to any genuine seeker, for has the nature of a mirage which draws the thirst spiritual seeker on into a more and more barren desert. Many end up longing for ‘release’ from the consequent emptiness of their own lives (i.e. even death).
As Kramer and Alstead have put it in ‘The Guru Papers': “The scientific method is rejected in favour of revelation, belief and otherworldly projections and hopes, and one is trained to construct and maintain a view of reality which fits the mould set by the guru. This is self-conditioning to a truth which one accepts as unchallengeable. This stagnant model of truth lies at the root of most authoritarianism.
Claims of omniscience and knowing every details about everything abound in Sathya Sai Baba’s own published discourses and in the ‘positive propaganda machine’, to which all his institutions are geared up. The result is that rumours fly all the faster and the one incredible positive story and fanciful invention after the other becomes as if factual to many devotees just because they are left to flourish, are never refuted by Sai Baba or his staff… except in the most embarrassing or unavoidable extreme circumstances. Sai Baba actually condones and even loves the rumour mill, as long as it is about his miraculous acts and omniscient and total divine power. Left alone untruth festers. Well-investigated, undeniable ‘negative’ facts need to be brought into the light of day.
Observant persons find official versions of events full of convenient omissions and editing out of doubtful and untoward statements which were nevertheless recorded in the verbatim tapes. Much of what is written make it hard to tell what comes from Sai Baba and what is merely an editor or reporter’s interpretation. Many of the leaders and officials who wish to impose their own views or manipulate people for their personal reasons take advantage of lack of clarity to impose their own advice. In such circumstances, distinguishing with precision the exact nuances of Sai Baba’s doctrines and other utterances is sometime difficult. Add to this the confusion that has arisen about his ‘teaching’ and works from the many distorted interpretations made by devotees who wish to get kudos through praising him beyond all reason and other hagiographic accounts that diverge in a wide variety of ways from the authenticated (though edited) discourse. How to interpret his living message, which he says is his life, is yet more difficult when his daily activities are so carefully cloaked and what he actually does is hard to distinguish from what occurs close to him as a result of what is said to be his orders or wishes. Above all, there is the much more challenging problem of reconciling an increasingly large number of Sai Baba’s words with one another and further, with his known his actions, as demonstrated widely on these postings.
Sai Baba has warned followers not to enter into arguments with others about spiritual matters or about his nature and mission. This also works to clamp-down on intelligent discussion, the exchange of correct information – besides being a way of controlling it and keeping facts under wraps. He always minimises the importance of facts as ‘worldly matters’ , and of scientific or scholarly investigation as mere passing phenomena. He emphasizes personal self-investigation and self-improvement, but this is done mainly on an inner level through self-examination and – more importantly – through repeating his name and visualising him, prayer and inner worship! Educated people throughout the world today rightly often expect open debate with a free exchange of opinions and frank critical evaluations. No one can live in a complete social vacuum solely with one’s own thoughts… not even a hermit, not Sai Baba either, for all carry with them the culture and the handed-down ideas and memories of others that nurtured them.
It is not exactly pleasant to mention most unpleasant facts, but since the full truth about Sathya Sai Baba is almost certain to come out, be evaluated properly, and eventually spread wherever his name is heard, some upstanding people have to contribute to this before all can be swept firmly under the carpet of time. Former devotees who have given many years of their lives in selfless service – who were accepted as leaders, teachers and authors in Sai Baba’s institutions have taken on this task as a bounden public duty of conscience. We have come to know what we once never believed could be possible, and we therefore investigated most thoroughly before realising the truth of many allegations and concealed facts about Sathya Sai Baba. I am reminded of Sai Baba’s words when inaugurating the Venkatagiri Girls’ High School many years ago, “Speak the truth always, for falsehood is the result of cowardice” (Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram by N. Kasturi Vol. I. p.79). His present mendacity and despicable hypocrisy in covering up his misdeeds belies his words as mere lip service.
However many efforts are made to cover up significant facts, they will not succeed in the long run, especially if or when the Sai Baba mission really sometimes should become known about very widely. Penetrating investigations are already being made about many hitherto concealed matters and those who are beginning to speak out find that they have a forum and an exposé movement to support them. If, as Sai Baba insists, the truth will ultimately raise Sai Baba’s public reputation, why does he not correct the one-sided propaganda of his followers, dispel the countless ‘positive’ rumours and excessive miracle stories that circulate through the Sai movement and instead offer a balanced presentation of facts?
Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organizatione answer conceivably be anything but ‘there is far too much that will not stand the light of day’?