End of the Sathya Sai Baba Dream
Posted by robertpriddy on September 24, 2009
In 2000 I resigned as National Contact person of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway after 18 years fulfilling that role. This was no easy decision, since I did not believe that the allegations of sexual abuse could be true, even though I knew that Sathya Sai Baba was deeply involved in the massive cover-up of murders in his own bedroom, and hence an accomplice to the fact.
Having refused to read David Bailey’s account or any of the flood of allegations thereafter for months, I finally felt I must read the sexual allegation testimony. It took me about another six months of intensive investigation – contacting all the sources I could – before I was forced to arrive at a complete conviction that most of the allegations were both true and accurate. Subsequently I began to look carefully into all aspects of Sathya Sai Baba from the viewpoint of critical questioning and found, to my dismay, deceit after deceit and evidence of a major campaign of deception by him and all those close around him. This resulted in many web pages, which the award-winning rationalist, Basava Premanand, asked permission to publish. The end result was:-
My book ‘The End of the Dream’ is the sequel to my book ‘Source of the Dream’. Sathya Sai Baba said in my last private interview with him (in 1994 at Trayee Brindavan), “Write, write!” and “What you are doing is right!”. Ironically enough, he did not specify what to write!. I am willing to take an oath that all I state in ‘The End of the Dream’ and have written thereafter is as accurate and true as I can express it clearly. I carefully recorded daily events, discussions and lectures while I was at the ashrams (altogether about 13 full months of diary entries). Editor V.K. Narasimhan’s revelations about Sathya Sai Baba (VKN from Robert Priddy notebooks covering all visits from 1984 to 1998)
Numerous scans of these are available here, as well as contents of some of the numerous letters I received from V.K. Narasimhan between my visits Not least due to my own many written contributions praising Sai Baba, my conscience insisted that I must perform the heavy but important public duty of correcting the overblown, propagandistic image of Sai Baba that had taken me in and which is still sustained by his many followers. These are invariably based on his own exaggerations and untruthful claims. Many devotees actually regard everything that happens as being ‘all a part of the avatar’s plan’, and some claim that his critics are ‘his instruments’ for weeding out the unworthy who do not have enough faith! That is how far faith can create self-deception and distort all sense and reason and underpins monolithic churches, guru cults and other authoritarian or totalitarian institutions. Sai Baba says everything that happens is a gift from God, so followers will make any kind of distorted sense of that! This means that any such god must all too often be totally merciless, for a start.
See also After the End of the Dream