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Queen Elizabeth ‘manipulated’ by omnipresent Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on October 15, 2009

In a remarkably ill-advised propaganda web page posted by the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, the claim was made, virtually, that the Queen of England was manipulated by the self-proclaimed omnipresent, omnipotent Sathya Sai Baba… as is seen in the last sentence in the screen capture of parts of the webpage as shown below – which point the webmaster made in bold print.

Images and text from Melbourne Sai Organization propaganda

Images and text from Melbourne Sai Organization propaganda - Shitu Chudasama shows the award certificate (photo)

The sheer barking absurdity of this last claim is shown by the fact that the Indian student to whom the D. of E. award was presented had himself inserted the name of his guru, Sathya Sai Baba, instead of his own. And this is supposed to bear witness to the Omnipresence of the Diviner Hand of Sathya Sai Baba! How is that for mad barking… and up the wrong tree?

The official Radio Sai website was forced to remove their version of this by Mr. Peter Westgarth, the Director of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, but the same page reappeared on their archived pages. Even now, there is a link to that page… though it does not work. The page that is not available may have been removed or it be “temporarily unavailable” and so might reappear when the heat is off again… no one can say. However, Radio Sai have more than adequate back-up in their near-omnipresent defender, Gerald Moreno, whose blog (‘sathyasaibaba.wordpress.com’) and diverse other blogs and web pages reproduce and defend Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Youth and the Sathya Sai Organization posting to the hilt, as one can see from Google results:-QofE-SaiYouth
Gerald Moreno’s blogs and many other uses of Radio Sai’s postings has never been criticised by the Sathya Sai authorities like the Prashanthi Council, despite open letters to them openly to disassociate themselves from his enormous depredations and mendacious calumnies against dissidents (to which they never reply).
Moreno has admitted diverse connections to Sai authorities (including persons on the exclusive and highly-secretive Prashanthi Council) and he has clearly been informed and used by them to publicise privately-released documents about Alaya Rahm from his self-dismissed lawsuit.

Note: Moreno has recently concocted a major lie against me that I traced the employer of a devotee, Nish Paramjorthy, who wrote a critical comment on ExBaba.com and tried to get him fired, also that numerous other people have reported the same thing!  This is totally untrue. I never do any such thing. However, Moreno has web stalked persons connected dissidents (including my son) and tried to harm their reputations and businesses. Gerald Moreno’s hate and character assassination campaign is in its fifth year and continues daily with full force. See some examples here.

See also Sathya Sai Baba and Organization condone hate campaign


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Sai Baba God Incarnate needs Duke of Edinburgh endorsement?

Posted by robertpriddy on October 14, 2009

There was a furore when The Guardian published an article about how one of the many thousands of young recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Award wrote the name of Sathya Sai Baba instead of his own. Perhaps most extraordinary was the zeal with which the Sai Baba authorities posted a major web page enthusing over how Sathya Sai Baba had received a Duke of Edinburgh Award! Why would the self-proclaimed Creator of the Universe, God Incarnate, and the Deity of All Deities (claiming to be the Father who sent Jesus too!) need the endorsement of an award scheme intended to encourage young people to do enterprising things? It is bizarre in the extreme.

Radio Sai, run by Dr. G. Venkataraman [Deputy Chairman of Sai Baba’s international organisation] was made to remove the false propaganda after an intervention by Mr. Peter Westgarth (Awards’ Chief Executive Officer). However, the Sathya Sai authorities under Venkataraman soon re-inserted the offending propaganda on its site in a supposed ‘archived’ page. [Note: the link to this page of Radio Sai archives as shown below is, however, temporarily unavailable]

scanned from Radio Sai available archives

scanned from Radio Sai available archives

Why, one wonders, are they so determined to show that this supposed ‘Omnipotent God Incarnate‘ is approved of by the Duke of Edinburgh, based on a falsification of the name of an award recipient! This somehow defeats the imagination.

SAI-SinghIt appears that the Indian Government, whose Prime Minister is a foot-worshipping devotee of Sai Baba, has plans to get his guru whitewashed by the UK, which process was started years ago by Sai-devotee ex-PM Vajpayee when Blair was in Downing Street.

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex in his capacity as Trustee of The Award is visiting India. It was announced in the Court Circular that on 12 Oct The High Commissioner in New Delhi, Sir Richard Stagg, gave a dinner party for him. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has most probably prepared the ground with the Indians, suggesting that some sort of rapprochement may be reached with the Indian authorities to get the Sathya Sai Baba cult public royal approval. The Foreign Office is perfectly capable of using the Earl for its own ends of getting the Indians alongside politically and economically in terms of inward investment to the bankrupt UK economy. The signs are that the Foreign Office appear to accept the argument that to criticise Sai Baba is to insult India.

It will be interesting to see what comes of these shenanigans… will Sathya Sai Baba be praised by Prince Edward, by the FCO, or will he be given a special award by the Duke of Edinburgh? Seems unlikely… but one never knows!

The Guardian newspaper, UK. questions The Duke of Edinburgh Award

Sathya Sai Baba lack of awards

Sathya Sai Baba and the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Sai website need for endorsement of Duke of Edinburgh Award


 

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Fighting Facts with Smears – profile of a web aggressor, Gerald Moreno

Posted by robertpriddy on October 13, 2009

Having worked for several years with emotionally retarded and socially deviant children and very disturbed teenagers in the most progressive institutions in their era in Norway and Sweden, I am well acquainted with signs of arrested emotional development and social problems. I have also known psychiatrists as friends since my student days – including some very famous ones like Dr. Maxwell Jones, Dr. Ronald Laing and Dr. David Cooper – and have been active in the debate about the diagnoses and therapies used in psychiatry for years in the 1960s. (Some of my publications are on-line too). I have even worked for several months in a psychiatric hospital in UK where my mother was a registered staff nurse. I taught at the Institute of Psychology ay University of Oslo and knew many psychologists, and interviewed many in a professional context too. It is with some experience, therefore that I can assert that Moreno’s mental-emotional condition shows a total lack of normal empathy with others. This he demonstrates throughout many hundreds of web pages/blogs (especially towards all the many alleging victims of alleged sexual abuse by Sai Baba). Not merely lack of empathy but aggressive and vicious reactions against those whose accounts and reports threaten his cherished belief system, which centres on persons who he considers to be avatars or otherwise holy incarnate forms of God (as emphasised by his chosen website title, vishvarupa.com). Thus he supports those who support Sai Baba, but defends them in a way which is always angled as an attack on Sai Baba’s critics! His fury at some critics having pointed out that what Sathya Sai Baba did to him amounts to sexual molestation and ‘grooming’ is unquenchable. He directs his rage outwards, indiscriminately  denouncing all and everyone he picks on – not unlike juvenile delinquents who put on a tough front and hit out in bully fashion.

Moreno admires Sathya Sai Baba not least for taking notice of him to an extent he had not experienced before – by giving him a private interview. In return he breaks with all the most elementary moral teachings of his supposed ‘divinity in human form’.  One may ask what backlog of emotional and social deprivations he has suffered in growing up in that his entire life until now hinged on that meeting and turned him into such a thoroughly distasteful character. The personal ego which is flawed is invariably driven by needs to impress, prove oneself by whatever means one can – fair or foul. Thus, many of his taunts and boasts show his constant need to reinforce his self-image – or sub-normal ego-sense -, which is evidently under threat in that so many convincing revelations about the person to whom he attributes his most wonderful experiences (of acceptance, not least). A weak ego and self-image – compounded by a thin social life in adulthood without wife or family – is often compensated through strong projection of one’s own imbalances and their causes onto others. A full-time cyber-space existence attacking opponents is a poor compensation for a full life.  Such individuals are often drawn to strong authoritarian figures and charismatics, and none are more so than Sathya Sai Baba. At the same time they seek attention voraciously, exemplified when Moreno repeatedly complains that those he maligns do not reply to him, and in his repeated grudges that they have not researched his opinions on his websites (a frequent complaint against opponents). However, they invariably have had enough of him after sampling a few of his noxious, overparticular and cranky pages. He talks of his opponents ‘snivelling’, ‘frothing at the mouth’, ‘moaning’, ‘whining’ and a catalogue of such emotive put-downs, while in reality he is simply projecting his own attitudes onto others.

Gerald Moreno speculates about me, my state of health (that he thinks I suffer from ‘paranoia’ , and ‘senile dementia’  that I had a childhood trauma from which I have not recovered, that I should see a psychiatrist etc.. All of this is sheer invention and pathetic puerilism on his part… a particularly cheap attempt to slur me and used argumentum ad hominem against my factual revelations about Sathya Sai Baba. among other ailments. He speculates over “homo-erotic fantasies” he fondly imagines and asserts I have! He has absolutely no basis for knowing any such things concerning me, and I certainly have no homo-erotic fantasies – nor ever had any remotely similar thing in relation to Sathya Sai Baba (who was physically rather repulsive in appearance to me and no less so now!). Moreno uses the term homo-erotic simply because he wants to get back at me – among others – for pointing out his own account of an interference by Sai Baba with sexual overtones he has describes he underwent (though he did not feel it was sexual himself). He is in deep denial about everything concerning Sai Baba and – because he wants to prove to himself that he was not being ‘groomed’ for possible sexual relations, he has attacked every other young man who has spoken out about their having been sexually molested by Sai Baba. This is virtually the crux of the matter in understanding Moreno.

Moreno has claimed hundreds of times that I am lying, an inveterate liar, blatant, shameless, etc. but I have not written a single lie, and any errors I have made (inadvertently), I have corrected when I have discovered them and that they are in fact errors. (Not so Moreno, he NEVER retracts an untruth or a lie, except once when virtually forced to). Nor has the Indian homeopath who claims I am “dying from AIDS”, which claim Moreno reports in further attempts to connect my name to sexual depravities. This has been his agenda since he became involved in an extremely vituperative battle on the Internet with Sanjay Dadlani. Since Dadlani withdrew, Moreno has evidently diverted his intense hate-feelings and mud-slinging methods towards myself in the vain belief that contriving (falsely) to link my name – and that of others – to pornographic sites will advance his case, or his naming me ‘a dirty old man’ from the gutter will help his credibility! Seeing how Moreno tried to ‘diagnose’ me, I am justified in making this diagnosis of his personality as it is exhibited is documents through his main life activity for the last five years – obsessive character assassination of dozens of persons on the Internet! He has thereby provided such a large casebook of his thoughts, opinions, fabrications and other antipathetic behaviour on the Internet that there are grounds enough for perceptive observers to estimate his personality.

I have – after several years of not replying to his countless pages attacking me – responded by soundly refuting a number of his accusations so that his lies found on Google etc. will not pass wholly unchallenged, but there are so many that I can’t be bothered with most of them. It would divert me from my task… to make the truth about Sathya Sai Baba’s cover-ups and hidden sides available to the otherwise unsuspecting public. When I spend an hour of the day for a blog about Sai Baba, I will not give more than a small fraction of that time to countering Moreno.

Moreno’s mental-emotional disturbed kind of profile is often connected to lack of social achievement – such as under-achievement in the educational sphere and work opportunities. It is evident that Gerald Moreno has had no college education, and holds no regular position as an employee, since he is engaged full-time in writing web pages, blogs, surfing the Internet constantly, and he has completely avoided commenting when all these points have been made about him. That Moreno is certainly very strongly dependent on “virtual” reality is patently seen… in his case grubbing up not only every scrap of data about his opponents but also promoting the entire fantasy world of Sai miracles, wondrous feats of gurus, their amazing auras, and super-unrealistic pie-in-sky stories and prophesies. He gives every sign of being an isolated person – living largely in a cyber world where he is dependent mainly on a handful of Internet contacts.  He is something of a shrinking violet, having carefully kept mum about himself since he originally posted about himself and how Sathya Sai Baba oiled him on the lower stomach (!), which he no doubt regrets greatly having told. His fear of being recognized is shown in how he had gone to lengths to get the single photo of himself removed from all places on  the Internet, but without success. (Note: he himself makes use of every photo he can find of persons he is cyber stalking, sometimes distorting them in disgusting ways). There is no doubt that Gerald Moreno prefers to hide his person in a way that once would have been diagnosed as paranoidal. It may be preferable to call it the defensive caution of a crackpot with something to hide and/or hide away from. He never criticises lies by Sai Baba or any of his followers – and they are very many!  One small example, Ashok Bhagani stated to Asian Voice that Sai Baba never takes anyone into the interview alone. Moreno knows full well that is not true, as it happened to him! Instead Moreno promotes these untruths for all he is worth. And how much is that?

Moreno sets out to impugn virtually every factual assertion made by dissidents and critics of Sai Baba, without any tangible evidence other than obfuscations, side-stepping and non-credible inventions. He intransigently insists on claims he has made and repeated in many places which have been proven time and again to be false – including on Wikipedia (from where he was indefinitely banned unanimously by a panel of six arbitrators). Two such chief dead horses which he still constantly flogs are that the infamous letters to and from Dr. John Hislop are counterfeited (see scans here as confirmed by affidavit) , and that the case which Alaya Rahm  had to dismiss due to there being no accountable organization in the USA to carry responsibility whitewashed Sathya Sai Baba of sexual allegations – while in fact the opponents and their depositions in the case were never heard in court and no verdict was given other than a formal dismissal (see here)

See compendium of web postings about Gerald Moreno by a range of persons here


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Sathya Sai Baba’s promises part 3

Posted by robertpriddy on October 12, 2009

We may take as another example of Sathya Sai Baba’s failed promises, the constantly ill and suffering Mrs. Phyllis Krystal, an elderly lady devotee for decades from the US, who has written about some of her experiences of Sathya Sai Baba. She described her terrible chronic headaches, which Sathya Sai Baba diagnosed as due to five different kinds of headache (see ‘The Ultimate Experience’- publ. Samuel Weiser Inc.). She went through some kind of intensification of her symptoms while with Sathya Sai Baba, which she interpreted as being a part of the treatment in removing one or more of these several headaches. (Totally backward reasoning, of course!). She was a speaker at the Sathya Sai Hamburg Conference in 1992 and was asked point blank from the audience whether she was now cured her of all her headaches. She hesitated for some time, but when asked again eventually said that she was. However, later I was in London talking to Lucas Ralli, (Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland until unceremoniously kicked out) and a close friend of Mrs. Krystal, who stayed with him and his wife sometime during a UK visit. He came to mention that she was in constant need of pain killers for her headaches and I was taken aback. So I asked if she had not been cured, but he confirmed that she still suffered greatly from this. This incident typifies the kind of thinking one meets among Sai devotees.

Perhaps a kind of self-deceit to protect one’s faith, partly a desire not to admit doubts to oneself or others and thereby publicly embarrass the guru, whose promises are supposed to be as cast in iron and whose healings are infallible etc. Later, Mrs. Krystal’s house was shattered by the Californian earthquake in the 90s, making her homeless, along with her deceased husband’s lifelong collection of crystal glass reportedly worth much more than $1 million. As she describes in detail in her book ‘The Ultimate Experience’,  Sai Baba had himself told her to move to that house, after she had prayed constantly for a very long time and repeatedly asked him whether she could move house! Eventually he had given the go-ahead verbally to her. Devotees who have indoctrinated themselves completely regard such things as a boon from  Sai Baba, a necessary suffering and ‘teaching’! It helps one to detach from worldly things and prepare for the final detachment! This reasoning, when taken to its conclusion means it is a boon when anything is destroyed, relatives are lost etc., because it prepares one for death! All very acceptable and faith-inducing, no doubt! When I was a devotee I tried to accept that this might be the case, but could never take ot seriously.

No help on the deathbed: Two of Sathya Sai Baba’s closest attendants, Prof. N. Kasturi (his official biographer and servitor for over 40 years) and V.K. Narasimhan, who followed Kasturi into the editor’s chair of his journal Sanathana Sarathi and worked continuously for Sai Baba in that and other capacities for over two decades, both suffered horrible and long illnesses before they died. Kasturi was in a terrible state for 6 weeks before his release (this would not have been known to me had not Narasimhan told me so) and Narasimhan himself lost an eye (Sathya Sai Baba having claimed he would look after him and applied holy cow-dung ash to it vibuthi etc. when it got infected). Then VKN suffered up to 3 months with his lungs filling with water before dying in March 2000. Such vastly selfless servers were not exactly eased in any way by the supposedly ‘omnipotent and grace-giving’ avatar. All kinds of weird and fantastic explanations can be invented to explain away such things, but the gruelling facts and harsh neglect remain. (Sai Baba also made VKN write a lie in the press about the  Sathya Sai Central Trust before his illness, which can’t have been all that helpful for the poor man whose former life had been in defense of the truth).

These are far from being all the instances of which I know or have heard about from reliable sources. So what are Sathya Sai Baba’s famous “divine guarantees” worth? Let a Dutch lady correspondent of mine of impeccable insight answer this query:

“After my visit to the ashram I was very disappointed re. sb’s attitude towards the invalids. I am having walking problems due to a Guillain Barré spinal disease at the age of 14. I recovered from it apart from a slight right side limp. However, the last 15 years I am loosing strength and balance and need a stick or rollator to stay out of a wheel chair. I used both in the ashram and compared with some of the heavy invalids I counted myself lucky. It struck me that sb never went to that right hand corner where the wheelchairs were, all at the far end. I was on the bench myself and mostly saw the back of him for 4 weeks. If Baba could have cured people and took no notice of the heartbreaking misfortunate devotees, he must have been a heartless so-and-so!!!! I am sure he COULD NOT cure real disabled people at all. He would not willingly have renounced the fame it would have brought him!”

Mr. Y.V. Kutumba Rao, an Indian and former judge, head of the ashram for many years until the mid-80s, is said to have Sai Baba with devoted selflessness etc. He is written about in a number of the earlier Sathya Sai Baba books. Even though he was the first official to speak to Sathya Sai Baba every morning, he was never given an interview during 20 years of service. He had longed for this, for he had never been given any such private attention for himself by Sai Baba before, which was a known fact to ashramites too! Shortly after he was at last called for the treasured interview,

I was told shortly by his colleague, the elderly Head of the Administration Building, Mr. Kanhaia Jee, who with his Seva Dal wife Mrs. Kavery, became charming friends of ours. Kanhaia Jee said that Baba had not spoken to him until the private interview, when he had taken him alone into the small room and told him simply that a man was on his way to murder him (Kutumba Rao) and he had best make himself scarce for some months. He was told to leave his post to the deputy head of ashram, Mr. Chiranjia Rao, and go to a certain village and lie low there until Sai Baba sent word. That was that!

This occurred while I was present at PN, when Chiranjia Rao became head of ashram during early 1987 for a period of some months. Well before 1989, Kutumb Rao was back at his post, but suffering from internal cancers. He was sent to Madras and opened up, but closed again as a hopeless case beyond surgery. Kutumb Rao suffered much for a long period altogether and died on 29/3/1989. Sai Baba apparently did nothing to help him. But devotees speculate nonetheless that surely Sai Baba helped him through his karma, or will give him a better new body and life, or already granted him liberation? How can they be so confident, so easily be taken in? The above instances are but a few among numerous others of which I know.

Sathya Sai Baba’s promises – part 1

Sathya Sai Baba makes many promises

Sai Baba promised Rs. 100,000 to orphan parents

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Sathya Sai Baba’s promises part 2

Posted by robertpriddy on October 11, 2009

Promises of good or improved health: Sathya Sai Baba is known for making many personal promises to people in interviews, as reported in many writings about him. One of his stock phrases is, “I will look after everything”, and another is, “I give you a long life, healthy life, happy life!”. (He made both of these ‘promises’ to me without my asking anything of him. Other assurances he gives are, “I shall protect you”; “I will build an iron wall around you!” and “I give you liberation, you will not have to take on another body!”

Does the available evidence support these ‘divine promises’? Because people long to believe is always fulfilled , there are a lot who write that they have been cured ort helped, though one often suspects that it is a matter of improvements happening that would have happened in any case or which are a result of the ‘placebo effect’. V.K. Narasimhan, who attended Sai Baba for 20 years, told me he had NEVER seen a genuine healing due to Sai Baba, and he was himself a case in point. Sai Baba had promised to cure his eyes, but he ended up losing sight in one of them! This for his most important experienced editor who worked ceaselessly for his publications.

When his promises are not fulfilled, how does one explain it? One argument frequently heard among devotees is based on what the long-term and very close follower, Dr. John Hislop, wrote in his book ‘My Baba and I’. Hislop asked for permission to publish it, but was told by Sathya Sai Baba he must wait 20 years. However, after 2 years, Hislop received a message from Sathya Sai Baba saying he should publish straight away. The credulous Hislop had searched for one guru after another, including Yogananda, Krishnamurthi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and U Ba Thin leaving each in disappointment. He became a keen rationaliser of Sathya Sai Baba’s often impenetrably unclear or fantastic assertions, and puts it down to Sathya Sai Baba having a cosmic perspective and eternal sense of time that no one can understand (as Sathya Sai Baba had asserted). This became standard doctrine among the majority of disappointed, bemused and betrayed followers so as to save what faith they can after years of major involvement and personal commitment etc.

Sai Baba’s simpler promises like “I will give interview tomorrow”, “I will visit your home”, “I will come” are frequently not followed up, as one can read in some of the more balanced and somewhat frank accounts available. The idea is that Sathya Sai Baba has divine sense of time which differs from ours – so when he says ‘yes, interview tomorrow’ he may mean any time in the future etc. A thousand years is as nothing to him! This sounds deranged indeed- but if one accepts that Sathya Sai Baba is God Almighty Himself, then it seems more credible? Not so, for these are simple deceptions, because any omniscient and caring God would have to know how each person understands what he promises them and would follow up. It is now common knowledge that a considerable number of suicides have resulted after Sai Baba’s failed to keep his word. A whole family of five was poisoned by the father (and few survived) after Sathya Sai Baba’s broken assurances. These he makes very freely and often sweepingly in interviews and also in discourses about protecting all who put their faith in him.

Other suicides: Dominic Kennedy wrote in The Times (27/8/01) of three British followers of Sathya Sai Baba who took their own lives: “an investigation by The Times today discloses that three British men have apparently taken their own lives after becoming followers of the miracle worker. Two of them were encouraged to believe that he could cure their medical problems. One of those also said that he had been touched intimately by the Sai Baba.”

Sai has said, “Love my uncertainty”: Sathya Sai Baba capitalises on people’s uncertainty and ignorance of anything to do with real truth by ever reaffirming to people that they are uncertain and ignorant.  When, in so many instances, he does not keep his word, he puts the blame on the person he made promises to for not having asked from the heart or that something about them was not genuine, or that they were simply not ready or worthy to receive his grace etc. Sathya Sai Baba has insisted that he alone knows the right timing for everything and acts accordingly. Sathya Sai Baba’s visible and invisible rewards (i.e. as promised for the future) are supposed exceed the punishments he is thought eventually to mete out to those who accept positions of trust then seriously let him down. So all his promises have to be taken in the context of this unintelligible cosmic plan which he claims alone to know and effect… and this actually makes them as unreliable in terms of human experience as anything can be. He can’t lose and you can’t win, as long as you accept his vast claims at face value!

More on failed promises to follow soon. Meanwhile see…
Sathya Sai Baba’s promises – part 1

Sathya Sai Baba makes many promises

Sai Baba promised Rs. 100,000 to orphan parents


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Michael Nobel praises Sathya Sai Baba but is badly misrepresented

Posted by robertpriddy on October 10, 2009

Dr. Michael Nobel is the great grand nephew of Alfred Nobel who founded the Nobel Prize. Dr. Nobel is also the Chairman of THE APPEAL OF NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES FOUNDATION. Below are extracts from a TV interview he gave to an Italian producer.

The above is stated on the web page http://sathyasaibabaspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/03/from-puttaparthidr-michael-nobel-on.html. However, Dr. G. Venkataraman chose NOT to heed the plea which the writer of a comment (Umberto Frascati) makes – on behalf of Dr. Michael Nobel – to remove this false statement! See here:-

To G.V. Venkataramam from Umberto Frascati Milano Italy SAI RAM.. please read the message from Dr, Michael Nobel requesting the correction as in his text…
Umberto,
I am urgently requires your help as you have an important position in the Sai Baba movement. Looking at the following address: sathyasaibabaspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/03/from-puttaparthidr-michael-nobel-on.html you see I am listed as the Chairman of THE APPEAL OF NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES FOUNDATION. This is a complete inaccuracy and causes me a lot of ill will. Please do me a great favour and have the webmaster of the Sai Baba organization remove this as soon as practically possible. If necessary (which I do not believe) he can replace it with “chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust”.Thank you in advance for your valuable help in this matter and please let me know the outcome of your contact with him or her.Best personal regards
Michael Nobel

Comment: The “valuable help” was not forthcoming and the advance thanks were misplaced.

Not only that, but Dr. Michael Nobel was presented by Sathya Sai Baba – the self-appointed “omniscient” God as the man who awards the Nobel Peace prize was visiting him! See here: Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition!!

SAI-SinghThis year again there is no mention of Sathya Sai Baba as one of the candidates, but we may rest assured that the Prime Minister of India – Manmohan Singh, who is a longer-term foot-worshipping Sai devotee, ensured that his name was submitted as in past years by former P.M. Vajpayee.

See also:
Nobel Peace Prize To Obama. India’s Past Candidate Sathya Sai Baba Long-forgotten

‘Black Sheep’ Of Sweden’s Nobel Family Called By Ba-Ba (Sathya Sai Baba)


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THE INTERNATIONAL SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION

Posted by robertpriddy on October 9, 2009

The Sathya Sai Organisation – an evaluative overview

Here I summarise what it took me about 18 years to find out through experience, often disillusioning, about the Sathya Sai Organisation (SSO). Among its members are many volunteers who lead by example in the real work of genuinely selfless service to the suffering and needy. These very well-intentioned and self-sacrificing people, who are drawn by the pure ideals for spiritual service and education as proclaimed by Sathya Sai Baba , are the ground level workers. It is equally clear, unfortunately, that the SSO as an organisational structure hinders genuine service to society due to its monolithic nature, its autocratic top-down structure, and its secret and semi-secret management practices. Further, it is involved in an increasing number of unnecessary, costly projects only to spread the fame of Sathya Sai Baba and, more crucially, in the hitherto largely very effective cover-up of the many and very substantial allegations of criminality against its namesake, Sathya Sai Baba . Because of this, and because the SSO, with Sathya Sai Baba ‘s backing, has made more than sufficient one-sided positive propaganda about itself, I here concentrate instead on its considerable ‘shadowy’ sides.

When I was still a devotee, I wrote very positively about the Organization (such as in my pro-Sathya Sai Baba book ‘’Source of the Dream’). However, I had not then learned the extent of deceit and wrongdoing in the top leadership in the Central Trust, the ashrams and by Sathya Sai Baba personally. I was strongly self-censoring about all events and experiences that jarred with the very idealistic image I had of the SSO, but I now know that I was had been led very largely to confuse the ideals with realities. My criticisms are not directed as the many that make genuine efforts in the name of the SSO. At the ground level, where I mostly applied myself, I saw much excellent work done, almost despite repeated pressures and irrelevant distractions that came from the higher level leadership.

The policies and directives encountered regularly from above within the organisation absorb much energy that could be employed better elsewhere. The organisation, with its formal and informal cultures, carries out activities which do not fit at all with much of the content of the constant flow of discourses from its namesake, Sathya Sai Baba . Due to opposing statements, sweeping generality and frequent ambiguity in Sathya Sai Baba ‘s teachings – and because of the obscure role of Sathya Sai Baba in his organisation – the real purposes it serves have largely to be deduced from long observation and experience. Sathya Sai Baba himself does not run things in the normal sense of the word, though he gives advice in discourses and presumably in private interviews (though this is seldom clear and important for the organisation affairs as far as members we know could discover). Confusingly, Sathya Sai Baba often keeps his distance from the organisation bearing his name. In this way he seems to be responsible for its good works, while rejecting its failures and the shortcomings of its members (upon which weakness Sai Baba often expands sweepingly at length in discourses) as a result of not doing his will.

The steady and large flow of donations has become part and parcel of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s social and political importance. One unspoken but obvious function of the organisation is to attract a large enough membership mass to generate funds to the Sathya Sai Central Trust in one way or another. This occurs through donating relatively very large fixed sums for the brief use of a low-quality apartment at one or other of the ashrams, donating outright for various projects undertaken by the Trust or by the SSO and so forth. Meanwhile, the collection of monetary donations is against the regulations of the SSO and is seldom openly allowed except among members. Organisation meetings are free and centres are supposed only to accept unsolicited voluntary donations from those who wish to support them. However, it provides a very wide catchment area among followers worldwide for donations and not least legacies to the Central Trust. (See my paper ‘The Multi-billion dollar question’)

The vertical-hierarchical structure: The various branches of the world SSO are basically run on the strictly top-down Indian principle, all overseas devotees are in practice subordinate to the Indian leadership of the International Chairman, currently Dr. Michael Goldstein, supposedly acting on the instructions (or understanding) of Sai Baba. Under him come the (non-elected) Chairmen of the Central Councils (or, where these are not yet formed, Coordinating Committees) of each country. The top-down chain of command makes all discussions at meetings and conferences very largely futile and time-wasting from the volunteer workers’ point of view, at whatever level they may be. All Central Coordinators (hereafter CCs) and zone chairmen have special meetings twice a year (on Gurupurnima day in July and just before Sathya Sai Baba ‘s birthday, 23/11) in Prashanthi Nilayam. Yet they have at best only an ‘advisory function’ to the decision-making International Chairman, who simply overrules or ignores whatever suits him. For example, no documents are available to tell where the proposal came from for a large 7-storey building costing ca. $5 million later called ‘Chaitanya Jyothi’ to celebrate none other than Sathya Sai Baba on his 75th birthday. It may have been suggested by Sathya Sai Baba , or by former International Chairman, Indulal Shah, but what correspondence that mentions it indicates that the CCs were simply required as ‘informal rubber-stampers’ for this project (i.e. it became their main job simply to solicit the funds for the building, which they did).

Though there is election of office-bearers at the local groups and centres, this can be overturned – and even without explanation – by any National Coordinator or higher office-bearer. This has occurred on a number of occasions, not least in the European SSO, even though there is no mention of this option in the Charter (where it should be stated) or in any other written directive known to me. Though a sheen of democracy is given thereby, the SSO is an anti-democratic pyramidal hierarchy in which one must obey one’s ‘superiors’ or eventually be dismissed from office without so much as an explanation! (See for example Serguei Badaev ‘s declaration which appears on http://www.saiguru.netThe Story of My Disqualification‘)

Office-bearers passive links in the ‘chain of command’: Basically, the Charter defines ranks, in descending order in the ‘chain of command’ from International Chairman, Central Coordinators (i.e. one for each of the five world zones, of which two are the overall authorities in each hemisphere East & West), the National Chairmen in each country, Centre Presidents, group leaders, voluntary worker members (sometimes called ‘active workers’), and ‘aspirant members’. The Chairmen of the Central Councils of countries that have sufficient Sai centres (or in some cases of the Central Committees) are subordinate to the Central Coordinator for that particular international region.

Members are ranked differently in order: aspirant, volunteer, active worker, according to standards that differ from region to region. Visitors to meetings, however regular, are not usually regarded as members, though they are supposed to be counted exactly for statistics over their numbers and some other details that are recorded and registered centrally (but are not made public). There are some regional or local variations in practices, but these are peripheral details. In some more socially liberated countries, distinctions of rank – even between member and non-member – are and even disdained or laughed at. Such occurred widely in the UK in the 1980s, when leaders tried to apply the rule requiring members to ‘sign up’ on the dotted line under a membership pledge with an explicit spiritual declaration. At best, therefore, a handful of central persons in the SSO rule over the various agenda, statements of objectives, activities and recommendations that issue forth. It is little wonder that well-qualified persons with experience of democratic values in management (most usually being Westerners) often leave after some time. That central leaders are very seldom demoted and – those who survive – remain in office even for decades (though some have resigned and some were dismissed), sets them more and more apart both in mentality and activity from other members. An ‘active worker vs. management’ rift arises and is sustained, not least since it is not at all good form for ordinary members even to mention the problem.

The SSO, being a charismatic sect with a church-like culture, has leaders who speak and act in various ways as middlemen between devotees and the Godhead – by conveying and interpreting Sathya Sai Baba ‘s utterances and wishes. Though Sathya Sai Baba claims to have no middlemen or mediums and that all his contact is direct to each devotee on an inner level, in practice a majority of people do not experience any but the vaguest kinds of contact and rely on office-bearers within the SSO for most of their information about Sathya Sai Baba , his will and his plans etc. The qualifications to higher office include not only total unquestioning subservience to Sathya Sai Baba and following the directives coming via the chain of command (the exact origin of which can be vague to most foreign office-bearers). They also have to fit in to a typical code of behaviour (at least outwardly) and also learn the culture of knowing how to inform and explain in ashram-accepted ways. For this, many use a subsidiary kind of language culture common to the Sai movement ( Prashanthi speak ‘) to convey Sai doctrines, with well-tried circumlocutions on taboo subjects and euphemisms to veil certain facts, criticisms and so forth.

Through 18 years, most of it as the national leader in Norway, I was time and again able to observe and was repeatedly told that leaders can and do decide matters which – in any normally functioning community – would be decided only after conferring with all others concerned. I did not follow this regime. Occasionally, leaders higher up int the chain have tried to give me the impression that what they decided was ordained from ‘on high’, without actually being able to say whether Sathya Sai Baba said so, or repeat what he said.

Pro-Indian discrimination: By far the largest and most active country in the SSO is naturally India. It has an All-India Chairman, who supposedly acts independently of the International Chairman, Shah. Followers of Sathya Sai Baba vary greatly in the capacity to understand how properly to manage and inspire through their own example, which Sathya Sai Baba stresses as the only workable method. The Indian social model on which the SSO is based is still overwhelmingly authoritarian, such as to issue orders to ‘inferiors’, who must and do usually obey them unquestioningly. Unfortunately, the complete disregard of modern ‘stakeholder’ ideas in the SSO (indeed, the direct opposition to them) involving the abject worship of gurus as infallible is also a pattern set on the basis of prevailing social conditions throughout India. A culture of top-down high-handedness, mismanagement and rich opportunities for control, corruption, and cover-up, as seen with Western eyes. The recognisable high-handedness that often typifies the Indian higher castes or ruling class and its bureaucracy is seen in directives sent to centres, which often show little or no appreciation of the diversity of cultures or openness to the initiatives of individuals unless they conform in all things to the wishes of leaders (often cloaked under the doubtful pretext of “it is Swami’s wish”, which can always be justified somehow by the common – but highly confusing – axiom of Sathya Sai Baba s teaching that “everything is Swami’s will” anyhow!). Those nominated as Central and National Coordinators are almost always persons who follow this pattern quite slavishly, including the foreign leaders, who mostly take to the VIP status like ducks to water.

Much of the loose ideological backing for this ‘model’ is actually found in Sathya Sai Baba s predilection for the culture of ancient, feudal India and its forms of social organisation, which relied heavily on spiritual purity in teachers and pupils. However, one can hardly expect Sai Baba’s Indian staff to know how to change this culture, which is not only largely accepted in Baba’s ashrams but permeates much of Indian life and is deeply rooted in the ineradicable caste system and the all-pervading undemocratic social practices there today. Those having much insight or skill are required to do what they are told, though they may have greater experience than their ‘boss’. The editor of Sathya Sai Baba s monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi, V.K. Narasimhan, remarked to me one day that Baba complained to him that he could not find enough mature Indian men with the right qualities to administer even his two main ashrams decently, let alone guide all the many projects he has in India or in his service SSO. This is a very evident fact to foreigners who visit the ashrams, for the level of competence and understanding of many (but not every one) of the officials with whom one comes into contact is sadly lacking by normal Western social standards.

The impenetrable ruling ‘inner circle’: There can nonetheless be little doubt, if any, that in the West and other parts of the world, more competent and understanding persons could easily be found as leaders of the SSO than the majority of those presently holding the highest offices, who all copy the authoritarian Indian model in most matters. Most of the Central Coordinators are well-to-do businessmen (men in suits) with a more traditional management mentality. These office-bearers are not elected, but selected by Sathya Sai Baba . Almost without exception they are affluent, which enables them to travel freely etc. However, the overseas leaders are NEVER made privy to the inside circle’s doings, the reins of power being firmly held by the (Indian) members of the Central Trust, which since the 1993 murders came largely under the practical control of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s younger brother, the multimillionaire property speculator Janaki Ramiah. (SSB has said that he leaves all decisions to his Trust!) Therefore foreigners have no access to information other than what they are told, most likely only on a need-to-know basis. They have no prior insight into central decisions, who makes them or exactly why. Their job is simply to acquiesce to whatever is decided, and to find supporting reasons for it and ways of presenting it in acceptable forms to other members. Thus, the development of any serious, effective and socially acceptable voluntary organisation having a democratic base and egalitarian practices is evidently wholly excluded.

Centralised censorship of information: The organisation mostly attracts people initially by providing a social community for believers in Sai Baba to communicate and share in, most often through communal singing (bhajans mostly praising Sai Baba) and secondarily through study/discussion meetings and less often through enrolling them in service activities. This is the chief channel of dissemination of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s teaching or opinions. Through this, the SSO makes continual and large efforts to standardise interpretations of the vital parts of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s teachings and the Charter of the SSO etc. This presumes that the directives ‘from on high’ can be made to make sense, for they are mostly couched in a pseudo-legalistic or bureaucratic gobbledygook at which many Indian officials excel. Through such writings, critical views and negative information about Sathya Sai Baba ‘s behaviour, untoward events at the ashrams are censored, manipulated or ‘face-lifted’ if they are not banned outright from discussion at meetings. Through the years this has included such events as suicides, rapes, murders, bomb scares, embezzlement, ‘invasions’ by fanatic sects, failure of Sathya Sai Baba projects, misuse of funds etc. The maximum of control possible through the chain of command is exercised as to all things that seriously tarnish the image of this proclaimed ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’, or could reduce the influx of visitors or of support of all kinds that maintain and bolster the very considerable financial and political power base of the Sathya Sai movement in India and elsewhere. Sai Baba’s considerable contacts with national leaders, ministers, opposition politicians, the judiciary, the military establishment, any well-known and rich people and so forth in India which represents a de facto major power base. This influence is being extended to an increasing number of nations, not least via the SSO.

Communication control within the SSO: In trying to follow such aphorisms of Sathya Sai Baba as “See no evil, hear not evil, speak no evil….” And “If you cannot tell the truth, at least speak obligingly”, and many more which are expressly designed among other things to control and so restrict thought and expression, an internal culture has evolved where no frank opinions may be aired, nor the slightest hint of critical thinking – however objective or constructive it may be. The SSO leaders are under such restrictions as to what they are allowed to say about it, or even to think about it, that they are wholly incapable of giving a realistic picture of it and how it functions. A ‘double accounting mentality’ is common here, requiring subtle but essentially misleading and careful phrasing of what to say about anything so that it appears in a positive light. Ability to speak in the local ‘politically correct Prashanthi-speak’ is an apparent prerequisite for those who aspire to top positions in the SSO. Volunteers (i.e. the lowest ranking members) are not informed of what takes place at central leaders’ conferences. Central leaders allow no serious feedback, no right to require explanations nor accountability. Attitudes among central office-bearers in all zones of the SSO that can fairly be called ‘semi-dictatorial’ at least, which is tolerated by the most faithful followers who believe in the infallibility and benignity of anything undertaken in the divine name of Sathya Sai Baba and under his apparent leadership. However, many have left the organisation for such reasons, though no statistics on this are considered worthwhile! Such information could help an organisation realise its shortcomings etc., but the SSO is not interested and it would probably find the numbers far too revealing.

Information is often passed on in an informal way, such as by word of mouth at national and regional meetings or in contacts made when visiting the ashrams. Some of this is documented and sent along the chain of command, even upwards (though conclusions from most working committees are invariably ignored, mangled beyond recognition or rejected centrally). However, many of those higher up in the chain are frequently asked why they largely only answer communications from higher up, and so often ignore letters, faxes and e-mails from ‘lower down’. They send various paper directives downwards, most often passed on from above. They are very concerned to fulfil the centrally instigated requirement for statistics on members and activities, and their communications with their subordinates are often attempts to obtain these or to urge more activities and efforts, not least so as to improve the statistics for the region they represent.

Control of communication: ‘horizontally’ between members in different groups, centres and countries is exercised by regional leaders through strict compartmentalisation of the various areas so as to hinder communications of any kind that do not go hierarchically through themselves. For example, invitees to hold talks at meetings – especially those from other countries and regions – have to be confirmed by the leadership in the respective country. Avoidance of this rule has caused major splits in national SSO (again, notably in the UK in the 1990s, when a flood of vituperative letters were circulated by the various factions). Another instance of information control is that addresses of persons outside each national sphere are carefully guarded and removed from letters and e-mails so as to limit interactions, exchanges of information and views of various kinds. Though this guards against begging letters, ‘spiritual tourists’, pleas from would-be illegal immigrants etc., contacts at a ‘lower level’ in the Org. are invariably regarded as (potential) disturbing influences.

Directives are frequently issued which, when followed, in effect minimise informal discussion between people at meetings. Least possible talking – even silence – is recommended at most SSO meetings where and when the activity doesn ‘t itself require otherwise. Where unavoidable, such as at study circles, planning groups, spiritual educational projects etc., informal contacts and particularly frank discussion are restricted by many leaders. Quiet meditation, prayer and leaving the premises quickly after worship are repeatedly advised by some leaders and circular letters from India. However, such restrictions – modelled on the strict behaviour codes and pietistic tone at Baba ‘s ashrams during darshan etc. – are by no means always observed in many of groups and centres. The need for informal social contact with like-minded believers is obviously often a strong motivation for many to visit centres and also to become members. A number of standpoints are enforced by group pressure as being the only correct ones, with social exclusion – whether intentional or less consciously applied – as a common sanction. Though some members express criticisms, only positive feedback is normally taken seriously. Leaders repeatedly evade replying to many genuine questions. So dialogue between open-minded spiritual seekers is mostly hindered on issues that might cause any substantial doubts.

That the closed and secretive nature of the SSO is still valid is shown by the inability of anyone in the whole SSO to comment at all on any of the criticism put forward by me on the website from which this brief overview is abstracted, or from any other of the several serious accounts published by other long-term members of the SSO! There is too much to hide, and evidently too many who cannot honestly face the light of day.

Organisational redundancy and time-wasting: Nearly all organisations like to keep up momentum and have regular get-togethers, even when there is nothing new with which to deal. The experience of many I have met has been that nearly all such meetings in the SSO achieve precious little that is visibly useful for realising its stated aims, nor do they feed back information or advice that has any effect with leaders who prefer to enforce their own decisions regardless of input from others. The suggestions can be very ‘well-meant’, but this is not enough. Most of what is said is about obvious issues that are always in the mind of any intelligent, responsible office-bearer. But by harping largely on what has been said before, the organiser nevertheless usually feels satisfied, and fills a nice report of progress. For most participants it is the spiritual sharing and social gathering that matter, especially the chance to exchange news, views and arrange secondary matters for themselves. They actually provide an opportunity to communicate with others across ‘organisational boundaries’ that are otherwise denied by the CCs! Sathya Sai Baba has defined the real meaning of most ‘committees’ as ‘come-to-tea’ meetings, which alludes to the usual inefficiency and time-wasting of talking committees. Yet one is supposed to spend valuable time travelling on expensive flights to meetings abroad, sometimes much too frequently, and to review much the same matters each time to make ‘recommendations that will help achieve the Conference objectives’, but which will doubtless as usual not lead to any results other than those already predetermined by its leaders. This helps to keep people in line and define aims and goals for them to fulfil. People I have spoken to feel, like I, that such meetings are mostly interruptions to spiritual work and service, or burdens which also bring new responsibilities. The purpose of most of these meetings seems mainly to be to instil the rules and directives from central authority. Sathya Sai Baba occasionally corrects some of the more pointless paper initiatives, such as the bright idea from the SSO central authority that each year should have a value denomination like “year of non-violence”, “the year of peace” and so forth, thus organising all activities around this notion… as if such a fatuous invention could make the slightest useful contribution to anyone ‘s practice.

At most regional and international meetings, various members – including lower office-bearers – have remarked to me how little was conveyed to them, whether in the way of answers to pressing questions, practical instructions, or other information and spiritual insight that is not already easily available in the literature or has not been said before numerous times. The Indian style of lecturing at length from rostrums is much in favour, even at SSO meetings abroad, whereby the same themes are repeated each time, moral harangues are the main fare, all teachings are parroted, and the level of their generality and vagueness leaves much to be desired. With their captive audiences, passive following and implicit acceptance of everything are very often evidently both assumed and required. Service-mindedness thus often seems to be misinterpreted as subservience.

Note: An extensive documentation of observations, experiences and sources upon which the above is based is found at my extensive website sociological analysis of the Sathya Sai Organisation here.

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Further genital oiling, kundalini claims and more

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2009

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Dr. John Hislop questioned Sai Baba on the kundalini and got a negative reply

The genital oiling carried out by Sathya Sai Baba, as described by numerous ex-followers and admitted by various of his leaders and so-called ‘VIP’ devotees are said by the defenders of this sexual molestation to be what is called  “raising the kundalini” or serpent power… which is supposed to give one cosmic consciousness etc.  There is a large literature about this, it is no longer even a cottage industry but quite big business to try to train people to achieve this. Of course, there is zero scientific evidence to support the idea of the kundalini, the chakras or anything related to any of this religious doctrine. One may note how Sathya Sai Baba answered Dr. John Hislop on this issue. He goes halfway to destroying the (lucrative) mythology around the subject, though he also holds that there is such a spiritual power that can rise through the spinal column etc. That is a very controversial matter, yet more so is the ways in which Sathya Sai Baba is held to awaken it… through oiling of the genitals (and more).

Barry Pittard, a long-term devotee and former teacher at Sai Baba’s Brindavan College for Boys in the 1970s, wrote an open letter to his former students and other devotees asking for responses in case he could offer help to victims. He protects his sources meticulously, for obvious reasons such as threats (already experienced from some ‘Sai devotees’ against victims who have spoken up clear and loud). He forwards to us an excerpt from one of Sathya Sai Baba’s victims’ letter he received on the topic of kundalini raising:

Dear Barry, …poking out from the dark.. Interesting though in the light of what happened in my case…was I to rise Sathya Sai Baba’s Kundalini since he asked me “to work” his Muladhara? So who is who?!?!?:-
Barry Pittard shares the following response to a rumour spread by Sai devotees claiming legitimacy for these ‘oiling ceremonies’.For what it may be worth, here it is:
“I know the people of the Kundalini Foundation in the U.K and I know where they received this
information. It came from Shri Siddheswar Baba, who was also my Kundalini Guru in Northern India. What my Guru described and what these Kundalini Foundation people are writing about is not the same. I was there when he said it. I also talked to a young man who had his K…. adjusted by those means described. This man remained fully clothed and it was not sexual whatsoever. I feel very saddened that the words of my Guru are twisted to proof that it is ok what Sathya Sai Baba does with the boys.”

The Satya Sai Baba follower of decades, Glen Meloy, who sacrificed much time and energy to serious investigation of the allegations and subsequently to many good works in this connection, has recounted his awakening in a letter, the text of which he has released:

Dear Barry,

I want you to know that I do appreciate your willingness to follow-up and investigate these alleged kundalini raising claims by contacting Timothy Conway and others. It’s been on my mind ever since I first heard of the practice from then dear friends of mine, a Mother and Father of one of the California boys in Hal Honig’s group in 1993 who had his genitals oiled during the same time period when the murders were being committed at the ashram. Many red flags were popping up when I heard their story, but they were interpreting it as a blessing because they felt their young son was sexually hyperactive and that it seemed to tone him down Since they were accepting it as a blessing and as a healing, I decided not to research it further, but the thought lingered in my mind for quite some time as I wondered to myself why Sathya Sai Baba would have to heal in such a manner. The thought of discussing it further really never entered my mind because this was the first time I had heard of it and I thought maybe it was just a special blessing from God that had been bestowed upon my friend’s son. The very fact that he had been chosen to be in Hal Honig’s group was, to me, in itself, a special blessing for the boy and his parents. That was in 1993….

Now fast forward to December 1999 when I heard directly from Bob Bozzani similar stories of how either his son or son-in-law had his genitals oiled and he had the gall to tell me that all the stories on the Internet were “Old hat” and that he was wondering when the subject would surface again. When he used the term “old hat”, It again sent off red flags in my mind, but as he went on to explain that the procedure made his relative or sibling a better father and a better husband, I realized that Bob was treating it as a blessing and a healing so I again dropped the whole subject and didn’t pursue it further. The reason for having this conversation with Bozzani was because I had received a letter from an American Mother who was at the ashram in Puttaparti, India and she requested that I go on the internet and verify the negative stories that were starting to circulate on the web from people like David Bailey etc. etc. At the time, her request seemed rather strange because I thought she was in the presence of the Lord and had settled in for a long extended stay with her son and husband at Puttaparti. I briefly wondered why she would even challenge her own faith by making such a request of me. Since I had never in 26 years ever doubted or questioned the Divinity of Sai Baba, I felt these alleged stories had to be evil attacking goodness and that I should have nothing to do with them; and I politely declined her request to search on the Internet.

The months went by and then all of a sudden, the first of a series of bombshells arrived in letter form on April 7, 2000 from India…….. Again, it came from the same Mother in India, but this time I learned for the first time the real reason for her earlier request. In a very distraught and anguished tone, she told me, that outside of her son and two daughters, I was the only other person in the entire world that was now being told that her son had been sexually molested (She used the word raped) by Sri Sathya Sai Baba on two separate occasions in September 1999. And to make sure she had my full attention, she included an exact copy of her son’s very personal handwritten journal accounting of the entire sordid experiences on those two fateful days. My whole world was immediately shaken from top to bottom and an immense feeling of the worst kind of betrayal filled my body, mind and soul. It was then and still is now described as the biggest disappointment of my entire life. 26 years of uncompromising devotion was now instantly down the drain of what could only be termed as a “river of sorrows” that penetrated my entire being. My life had instantly changed from being a devout believer and worshipper to crying out a barrage of questions that had never been asked during the previous 26 years. After I cleansed my immediate environment of all the photographic evidence of his presence, I finally went on the Internet and discovered to my horror that a deluge of stories were starting to circulate about the molestations that had been occurring for many years Now I knew what Bozzani meant when he said “old hat”…

Obviously he and a select few had known about these events for many years, but they never told the membership at large. That was only the beginning of what we now know to be a carefully orchestrated conspiracy by the top Sai Organization Officials to cover up the truth. These self righteous “Rogues” have taken upon themselves the power to decide whether or not devotees or newcomers had a right to know about these sexual allegations. In so doing they have deprived every parent and every relative or friend of these innocent boys and young men the right to make an adult decision concerning their safety and well-being. As most of you know, I soon confronted Bob Bozzani again when the same Mother asked me to contact him after he had received the identical package of information she had first sent to me. It was at that time that I formally announced to Bob that I was no longer a believer in Sai Baba nor a member of the Sai Organization.

After telling me he was sorry to hear of my decision to leave the organization, he tried to explain that the trouble with devotees was they had a tendency to bring God down to the human level and that it was just not possible to do that. He told me the famous line that was to be repeated over and over again by other officers, such as Michael Goldstein, that Baba was “Pure” and that it was not possible to understand the ways of God. My answer (at least 4 times in our conversation) was…that the God in my heart does NOT molest little children. Bob never once denied the molestation charges nor tried to refute the accounting of the events by the 15 year old molestation victim I then decided to be one of the active Global coordinators who were pledged to expose and stop these human rights abuses………

The Mother had originally hoped that Bozzani, after reading her letter and her son’s journal notes, would call an emergency meeting of the Southern California Region and discussed Sathya Sai Baba and the entire Sai Organization…. I had warned her that was highly unlikely. Naturally she was very disappointed, but she then organized a campaign with volunteer helpers to send out their story to all devotees.

After some of the letters reached many of her California friends, all of us started hearing excuses for these so called kundalini raisings from Sai coordinators such as Bernice Mead who asserted that Sai Baba was out of the goodness of his heart saving all these boys from their overactive hormones and bad karma by oiling their genitals. She even claimed the boy was overprotected by his mother, but never once denied the actual molestation events. But at almost the same time, her husband Ron Mead was Emailing me and saying that Baba would be extraordinary if he could perform ejaculations at age 74 with a few motions of his pelvis:-

“IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT YOU CONSIDER Sathya Sai Baba TO BE AN ORDINARY MAN OR A LITTLE EXTRA ORDINARY IF AT AGE 74 HE COULD HAVE AN EJACULATION WITH THOSE FEW MOTIONS OF THE PELVIS. THE ACT WAS NOT FOR HIS GRATIFICATION.” And earlier in that same mail, Ron said that he had actually spoken to some of the males involved going back to 1968 and concluded that sex is a mental process.

From: Bernice Mead
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 22:53:07 -0700 (PDTTo: Glen Meloy
Subject: Re: BABA DOUBTING
 

Glen I have dealt with the issue you are dealing with for many year numerous times and have searched for clues and “I” have talked to some of the males involved. I did not jump to the same conclusions that you have. My first case goes back as far as 68 and 69. When possible I always ask question but did not always get answers because The boy involved would not or could not relate their thoughts and fantasies prior to the act that would be described as sexual. Remember sex is a mental process. You face the same situation. Those boys did not tell you or anyone else their thoughts
or fantasies, related to sex, that repeated themselves perhaps most of their life. Homosexuality is brought on by an Aberration of the mind, (thoughts) in some form related to sex. AND can only be controlled in the same manner. I COULD GO ON AND ON FOR HOURS. I WANT YOU TO
KNOW IT IS NOT MY INTENT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING BECAUSE I THINK YOU HAVE YOUR MIND MADE UP. IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT YOU CONSIDER SAI BABA TO BE AN ORDINARY MAN OR A LITTLE EXTRA ORDINARY IF AT AGE 74 HE COULD HAVE AN EJACULATION WITH THOSE FEW MOTIONS OF THE PELVIS. THE ACT WAS NOT FOR HIS GRATIFICATION. I will just consider this time wasted motion. If I had the time a conversation with you I think it would be interesting just to find out how you are reasoning. Ron MEAD

Meloy comments: “The strange logic employed by Bozzani and the Meads is interwoven with excuses for the oilings, but no outright denial that they took place. And somehow they seem justified in their minds because they believe Sathya Sai Baba to be pure and that he is only involved in a healing ritual and does not receive any physical gratification for himself. This reasoning is absurd…. Even if the oiling was the only act performed, one could still legitimately question why if he was really God, does he need to actually touch their genitals? Would not a gesture or a look from the all powerful God of the Universe be enough to effect a healing without touching the individual? Surely, the God of the Universe would not have to engage in oral sex and/or ejaculate in the mouths of his devotees to effect a healing?. Where is the healing in an act which most prudent persons would characterize as pure self gratification?

Barry, I want you to know that I am grateful to have Timothy Conway’s documented research on the record, but we still need an authentic voice from the hierarchy in the Hindu priesthood in India to speak out on these alleged kundalini raising procedures employed by Sai Baba. I think that the Hindu spiritual leaders owe it to all the faithful followers of Hinduism to set the record straight. It’s time for them to come out of the closet and dispel the false notion that shaktipat can only be done by touching the genitals or the muladhara region. It’s actually an insult being hurled by Sai Baba to all the Deities such as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha, Moses or any of the names of God. Let’s put this kundalini raising claim to rest once and for all, so that the leadership of the Sai Organization cannot hide behind those false assertions. As Timothy so aptly stated……
Barry, you have my permission to distribute this to anyone on your mailing list and to also post it on any web site, both pro and con. Much Love and Light, Glen Meloy”

It is pitiful to see the extent to which devotees are willing to twist their minds unnaturally – and bend their values backward – in vain attempts to account for the indisputable facts – let alone the contested but very weighty allegations. There are many mental hawkers and tinkers who practice systematic, self-reproducing gullibility… a whole membership website/discussion forum is even ‘devoted’ to fitting some of the unavoidable facts to the Procrustean bed that belief in Sathya Sai Baba demands. The webmaster is known for self-delusory mind-washing – and supporting dirty tricks campaigns too – I have been most reliably informed (I have, of course, never been at all interested in being a member).

Note that Gerald Moreno, who claims that he was not sexually molested, nonetheless states how he was oiled “on the lower stomach” – which is an illegal act of sexual molestation by anyone but a doctor, according to Indian law.  Moreno’s vague description of how this took place (denying that Sai Baba lowered his pants and not admitting how SB reached down to his “lower stomach”) appears all the more suspicious in respect of the above considerations. Further, the admission by the author Paul William Roberts that he – after saying he was oiled “on the chest” –  later admitted that it was between the gonads and the anus adds to doubts about Moreno’s truthfulness about what happened! Gerald Moreno fantasizes about the chakras too… having made a series of mandalas to represent each of these fictitious points. It is clear that he believes in unconfirmed rubbish about the chakras – which would make what is evidently ‘grooming’ for possible sexual relations into some spiritual flight of fancy.

See Author admits genital oiling by Sathya Sai Baba

Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba oils genitals (boys/young men) Part 1

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Gerald Moreno – in the Sathya Sai Baba lunatic fringe

Gerald Moreno’s wildest attack so far?

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Gerald Moreno – further inducted into the Sathya Sai Baba fold

Posted by robertpriddy on October 7, 2009

Earlier I have shown here how – due to a hallucination most likely caused by sleep paralysis – Gerald Moreno became deluded and was induced into the Sai Baba sect (see). He was led to India and soon acquired all the skills of self-indoctrination I have detailed on my website (see link at foot of blog)  which led him onwards into the deceptive and illusory world from which he is incapable of liberating himself. One of the incidents which helped convince him that Sathya Sai Baba has miraculous powers, he described as follows:-

“Pratima gave me some blessed vibuthi (ash) from Baba’s Ashram. She told me to eat it. I had never eaten ash before! I felt quite embarrassed at the thought, but ate some anyway. No sooner did the ash touch my tongue when my stomach pain literally disappeared! An instantaneous healing.”

The eating of “holy ash” said to be a ‘miraculous healing agent’ – often claimed to be materialised by the hand of Sai Baba himself – can have a strong placebo effect – an upset stomach is often caused by anxiety, and so Moreno’s thinks he has been miraculously healed! The healing furore around Sai Baba – as around many other charismatics – is a complex phenomenon, with a large amount of leeway for self-delusion, not least. (See here)

Moreno describes another step which led him further into the maze of carefully constructed indoctrination by Sathya Sai Baba (in the handed-down tradition of power-seeking Hindu gurus through the millennia in India):-

There are two Darshan times. One is in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. In the afternoon, as I was waiting for Baba to come out, a man sitting next to me suddenly said, very loudly and without any shame, “Of all the thousands of people here, Baba has inspired me to give YOU these books.” The man handed me two books and he did not say another word to me. One book was a small book that described some miracles Baba had done. The other book had a picture of Shirdi Sai Baba on one side and a picture of Sathya Sai Baba on the other side. The title was, “Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai are one and the same.” In that book, it described how Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai would both appear to people all around the world. I found out then, that Shirdi Sai had left his body in 1918. And I realized the oneness of Shirdi and Sathya in that moment. All along, Baba had a plan that unfolded, unknown to me, exactly as he had willed. A seamless plan that left me and still leaves me in awe.

A seamless plan indeed? There are many persons who give pamphlets, books and other things to others they sit next to. Devotees are constantly telling others that they have been ‘inspired’ by Baba to do this or that. It is part of the Prashanthi culture. Moreno find it very meaningful – but remember that he has also stated in the same article that was rather desperately seeking God, and – having gone all the way to India in the hope that Sathya Sai baba is God Almighty Incarnate, he takes such otherwise commonplace – even trivial – incidents to have deep meaning for him personally!


Besides me, there was an Indian man with his sick son and an Indian family. Baba looked at the Indian man and said, “Australia.” The man nodded his head and said that he was, indeed, from Australia. I sure couldn’t tell. He looked Indian to me in dress and appearance.
Baba told them that they had been quarreling among themselves. Baba told them every detail of the quarrel, including who said what to whom, etc. The family was surprised and everyone kept nodding their heads. Baba said, “I know. I know.” Just before I left Baba, I had a beautiful dream of Baba. In the dream, Baba was wearing a white robe and Baba was holding my hand. I asked Baba, “When will I be back?” Baba said, “Very soon.” (Little did I know that “very soon” turned out to be 14 months!

This incident is not at all mysterious! Sai Baba’s staff  – who register many details about everyone when they arrive – are constantly reporting to him everything of note that occurs in the ashram, not least with a view to helping him recognise who is who, what they are like, what they do and say. His undercover staff includes a considerable number of plain clothes security people and informers. He even got information about people from his trusted and tested ‘Central Coordinators’ and other Sai-VIPs when he talked to them on the veranda daily. The monied people especially come in for close scrutiny. Baba is ever saying ‘I know, I know’ and people think he really does… what an easy con trick! People go away feeling they are blessed, that Sai Baba has all their concerns in hand… and they begin to read his will into everything that happens to them, good or ill. The good is from him, the bad is a lessons for them to learn. What pitiful self-delusions!

The ways in which one is inducted, partly self-programmed are many & subtle – see here


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Basava Premanand Tribute: Indian Exposer of Sathya Sai Baba Dies

Posted by robertpriddy on October 6, 2009

Barry Pittard has paid tribute to the courage and humanity of Basava Premanand, the best known Indian rationalist, who has just died of cancer. For many decades, Premanand stood up to the powerful forces in the Indian government, political and justice system that protect Sathya Sai Baba.
Please see Basava Premanand. Vale. A fighter for truth who lived what others preach

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Sathya Sai Baba and Organization condone hate campaign

Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2009

Top propagandists for God Incarnate and the cult around him Dr. M. Goldstein stated on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ that Sathya Sai Baba had told him not to answer any criticisms. Because Goldstein is bound to follow religiously every hint of this Lord and Master, one way to hit back at critics was clearly either through minions willing to avoid the real issues and distract attention from the many crimes involved. This was done through disinformation and false claims by Dr. G. Venkatarman (Head of Radio Sai). Though Dr. G. Venkarataman is a member of the Prashanthi Council, his mendacious response to the JuST Group was a private reaction – he made that clear – and so claimed it was not made on behalf of the Prashanthi Council itself, not of the Sathya Sai Organization either. A strange duplicity there! The American Sathya Sai Organization claims to support the truth, decency, speaking softly and sweetly and other good values, is remarkably as silent as the grave about Gerald Moreno, as they also are about the massive sexual abuse revelations from 1999 onwards and the exposure of the murders in his bedroom on BBC World TV and the Internet. Meanwhile, not one pro-Sai Baba website dares to make a single link to the extensive Sai Baba critical websites for fear of the facts coming forth to their followers.

Knowing what a clandestine and secretive power clique runs the authoritarian International Sathya Sai Organization, with the devious Dr. Michael Goldstein and G. Venkataraman at its head, they appear satisfied to be defended through ad hominem attacks, character assassination attempts and diverse other underhand methods used by their primary defender. The same deviance applies to Sathya Sai Baba himself – for with a few words to the leaders of his organization or in public he could denounce Moreno, who breaks his directives for spiritual behaviour. Despite challenges to them from the JuST group of formed devotees, the Prashanthi Council and all Sai Baba officials do not denounce these most ‘unspiritual’ activities or his treatment of former respected devotees.

Moreno’s attack sites a millstone around the clandestine Sai Baba cult’s neck Through the prominence on Google achieved by Moreno’s innumerable blogs and web pages across countless Sai-related keywords, his fanatical attacks are now a cultist millstone hung about the neck of Sathya Sai Baba and his Organization. Their gravestone silence and refusal to disown him, his pro-Sai blogs in any way whatever, though challenged to so so, is proof enough that they are a now an isolated, uncommunicative and underhand cult. By this extremist hate campaign, the most controversial issues about Sathya Sai Baba and the views of dissenters are obliquely kept to the fore and given oxygen on the www. Moreno’s depredations have only served to increase the determination of critics to continue to press their case even more widely. All this silence by Sathya Sai Baba and his minions about Moreno has a growing counter-productive effect on the wider public. His shallow and calumnious diatribes are a great liability for the Sathya Sai Organization because they emphasise its strongly cultist nature, bringing this to the forefront of attention and highlight the very widespread criticism of Sathya Sai Baba. Though these Sai authorities have always previously been ready to denounce imposters and deceivers (in circulars or in their public journal Sanathana Sarathi), they observe Moreno defending them in the most unspiritual and libelous manner without a single word of comment.

Gerald Moreno even has a blog under the name of sathyasaibaba, which misleads unsuspecting surfers that this is written or somehow authorised by Sai Baba. Were the officials to dissociate themselves from him in public or denounce his methods even once, they would pull the ground from beneath him, so one cannot but conclude that in the main the leaders have no trouble accepting what many of them know to be his unjustified and untruthful representations of former devotees. Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that he is in close touch with Sathya Sai Organization leaders, especially in the USA.

Many pointed denials of association to mislead the public: Moreno made a point of denying any association with the Sathya Sai Organization from the time of the first attacks on critics and alleging victims of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse (which he also actually accepted for some years during his all-round defense of Sai Baba). There is considerable circumstantial evidence of central US Sathya Sai officials collaborating with Moreno behind the scenes, especially in providing him with information about the Alaya Rahm court case before the results were known even to most critics and in providing him with deposition documents which were never made public by the court and have proved unobtainable even by a personal visit to the Clerk of Court. Moreno could not prove that he had obtained the documents from the court, as he asserted, for he could produce no receipt. One such US person he named as ‘Robert’, from whom Moreno told on his web site that he had heard many wonderful stories about Sai Baba – and at a time when there were relatively few who had such experiences with Sathya Sai Baba. Of those named Robert who could apply there are really only Robert Baskin, Robert Bozzani, and Robert Bruce – all Sai VIPs and long-standing members of the Sathya Sai Organization. Robert Baskin has acted as the lawyer for the Sai Organization.

There is no publicised official support for Moreno from the Sathya Sai Organization or other Sai institution. However, some semi-official Sai websites with a fairly large remit [which are of course also deeply engaged in a propaganda and disinformation campaign – especially saibabaofindia.com] do link to his web pages, helping his Google rankings. The Sathya Sai Organization could stop these easily, but evidently some among them – such as Prashanthi Council leaders Michael Goldstein and G. Venkataraman – are privately interested in seeing critics of Sai Baba maligned as much as possible. Their conscious choice to avoid mentioning Moreno in public shows that they nevertheless are aware what a yet more huge liability to them it would be to endorse such a person who defies all the advice of Sathya Sai Baba always to speak softly, criticise oneself instead of others. His activity still undermines the credibility of their claim that there is no Sai Baba cult, since the wider world and thinking people can see straight away that his whole aggressive character attack strategy with rhetorical tactics and underhand ‘dirty tricks’ (exceeding even scientology’s antics) are a striking manifestation of a religious personality cult in action.

Starting out claiming to be a ‘neutral’ commentator who insists he is NOT a follower of – but who is the most exhaustive defender (and admitted great admirer) of Sai Baba and Co. – Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno is aggressively fighting the corner into which he has painted himself tighter and tighter by his adulation of this self-proclaimed Godhead Incarnate. His tremendous efforts to support him nonetheless continued for years while yet believing he truly is a sexual abuser- and having posted this fact on his website’s ‘FAQ’ stymied his progress until he found the first minor opportunity to change this opinion (when US courts could not prosecute Sathya Sai outside India, nor sue the unregistered Sathya Sai Organization in the US because there was nothing but a Sai bookshop society it used as its front). No doubt the conflict of Moreno’s full-time activity defending SB and his organization by attacking every critic relentlessly was so obviously doubly immoral as long as he admitted Baba actually was guilty of sexual abuse!

See also:-
OPEN LETTER TO THE PRASHANTHI COUNCIL BY EX-OFFICE BEARERS OF SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION Ignored by the Prashanthi Council out of fear of publicity
SECOND OPEN LETTER TO THE PRASHANTHI COUNCIL ON THE ORGANIZATION’S SUPPORT OF LIBELS Also ignored, demonstrating their (passive) acceptance of libels and character assassination made on their behalf.


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Gerald Moreno and his pathological denial

Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2009

After virtually ignoring the vast majority of the constant attacks on a wide range of web outlets by Moreno for some years as below contempt, the sheer volume and nastiness decided me (in April 2009) to expose at some length for the unwitting public some of the most obvious untruths he spreads, and to summarise his agenda and methods as they are liberally demonstrated in his mass of web pages, blogs and many other postings. The public may then examine his output and decide just how accurate and truthful my descriptions are.

However, a full point by point rebuttal of all of his countless footling comments, elaborate ruses and paranoid petty criticisms would take a year of work, which is out of the question since it would divert attention from the important issues dissidents have raised, namely the deceptions of Sathya Sai Baba, his organization and many of those associated with him, not excluding the crimes of sexual abuse and numerous murders.

To make a study of extreme psychological denial one could hardly do better than read Moreno’s massive pseudo-documentation of why he believes Sathya Sai Baba is NOT a sexual abuser (after having believed he was for years) plus his denial in the face of a published affidavit (by Timothy Conway PH.D.) and overwhelming supporting evidence – of the authenticity of the infamous Hislop letters on sex abuse – comparing all this with the massive evidence to the contrary, plus the fact of total legal protection of the guru by successive Indian governments whose PM and Presidents were and are his worshippers.(see pdf file from UK Government Cabinet Office)

How ‘popular’ is Moreno among Sai followers? Moreno’s impact is clearly very limited, even on Sai devotees The percentage of Sai devotees who have supported Moreno in public must be well under 0.001 %, even if one believes that there are only about 5 million followers of some kind or another. If there were, as often claimed by official Sai sites, 60 million or even 300 million (as the Swedish Sai Organization firmly states “The organization has about 300 million devotees”, as usual without a figment of evidence (see http://www.sathyasai-se.org/org.htm). Further, Moreno’s efforts have evidently not converted one single person who has left or rejected Sathya Sai Baba. Just two critics who have stood forth have been mailed by well over a thousand who have left since 2000. (He has alienated some of his supporters (see Alan M. Kazlev here).

Since his various attack blogs on wordpress and blogspot had all too few visitors, Moreno registered an anonymous blog at http://sathyasaibaba.wordpress.com/ taking no less a pseudonym than ‘sathyasaibaba’ (and keeping his ownership anonymous on the blog). All the entries are registered as by ‘sathyasaibaba’ and he freely posts materials from other Sai Baba propaganda websites so to attract as many Sai Baba devotees as possible. His attacks on critics of Sai Baba are also posted there regularly – and have pride of place in his front page links – the purpose of his blog is no doubt to promote his libels and web-stalking activities. The general public who know little or nothing about the guru will easily believe that Sathya Sai Baba himself may be writing all this praise of himself (there are many genuine precedents). With the title “Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love & Spirituality” where he shamefacedly flouts all the guru’s injunctions about not criticising others but looking to one’s own faults instead, speaking softly and with respect and so on. His blog has become the main face of the Sathya Sai Baba movement in blogging, unchallenged by the Sathya Sai Organization or other Sai Baba appointed officials, which further demonstrates what an aggressive cult it has become. Nonetheless it attracts only a disappearingly small fraction of the claimed hundreds of millions of Sai Baba followers! Moreno’s heartless contrived attacks on alleging sex abuse victims are a demonstration of how much ‘love in action’ there is in this movement, for no current devotee has ever uttered a word of criticism of this obnoxious pseudo-devotee Moreno.

See also:-
Gerald Moreno’s wild attack on Priddy?
The Gerald Joe Moreno dossier – part 1 The Sai Organization first-line defender who projects 100% acceptance of Sathya Sai Baba while showing that he is an aggressive cultist
The Gerald Moreno dossier – part 2 On his deep psychological denial about sex abuse and every criticism of Sathya Sai Baba
Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge


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Sathya Sai Baba oils genitals (boys/young men) Part 1

Posted by robertpriddy on October 4, 2009

It is now a wholly undisputed fact, even among many leading devotees (for example, the European Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Thorbjørn Meyer) that Sathya Sai Baba takes down the trousers of many young men and boys and handles their genitals intimately, rubbing on oil and sometimes also so-called ‘holy ash’. Many report that he also rubs vigorously so as to (try to) cause an erection, also sometimes kissing them voluptuously on the mouth. That any such things took place at all was long covered up by a number of top leaders in the Satya Sai Organisation! In civilised countries, the touching of genitals under such circumstances is an illegal, punishable action unless carried out by a doctor on prior consent of the patient. A number of Indian devotees have actually said that they see no wrong in this or any other sexual abuse of young males, because God Himself can do no wrong! Some have fanciful theories about it awakening spiritual powers, one even condones all forms of sexual abuse as needful karma (see here)

The Danish Sathya Sai Organization Central Co-ordinator, Thorbjørn Meyer admits it takes place, called this act by Satya Sai Baba an “age old Indian oiling ceremony”, without being able to produce even a fragment of documentation for this from Indian scripture or reliable historical sources. A close family member has written to me that even Meyer’s own younger son was oiled on the genitals by Sai Baba, also while under the age  of consent at 14 years!  He was also instructed not to tell his father! Thorbjørn Meyer has not deigned to explain why a number of victims of these strictly unlawful interventions have been subjected to the molestation “ceremony” several  times, and have never been asked if they wish for it or what it may or may not signify.
Another Danish ‘Sai-VIP’,  Jørgen Trygved admitted on National Danish TV News that these oilings take place. Other Danish leaders have also admitted, one way and another, that genital oiling is done by Sathya Sai Baba. Trygved stated that the  is intended to reduce the sexual energies of young men. These “spiritual leaders” have not explained how this oil works, how they know anything about it or why has ever reduced a testosterone level.  Nor can they say why women have been wholly excluded from these supposedly stupendous blessings from the ‘living Avatar’.

See the definitive summary of documentation covering the sexual allegations against Sathya Sai Baba

Here is what an authority on Hindu mysticism has to say about the matter:

Regarding this “kundalini raising” matter, there is NOTHING in the literature I’ve ever seen from the Hindu, Buddhist or Taoist tantric traditions or Hindu shaktipat guru traditions – and I have read widely and extensively in this literature – about “raising the kundalini” by sexually molesting male youth. It is a bald lie that Sri Ramakrishna initiated Narendranath (Swami Vivekananda) or anyone else in this manner. The accounts all state quite clearly that he would touch the disciples on the chest or head. He wasn’t taking
them off in private to massage or suck the penis or have male youth do the same to him. I have an extensive library of many rare Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu works (in addition to a huge collection of works from western mystical traditions) and I’ve NEVER read anything that would suggest that what SSathya Sai Baba is doing to male youth has been done by ANY other spiritual master in any tradition. Again, I wrote my M.A. thesis on the cross-cultural phenomenon of shaktipat or “energy empowerment” and I’ve never seen any document that alleged that the “kundalini” or vital force or subtle energy could or should be awakened in this manner.
The question exposing the faulty logic here is that, if the kundalini could be raised in this manner, why isn’t SSathya Sai Baba providing the same service for less attractive young men, or older men, or any females? Barry, please feel free to send this posting to anyone on your list who is either sympathetic or critical of SSathya Sai Baba. It’s time for the truth to be told about this matter of the kundalini and Sathya Sai Baba.
Best wishes to all, Dr. Timothy Conway. Santa Barbara, CA USA.

More on genital oiling admissions to follow later!


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Sathya Sai Baba: the sex abuse testimonies

Posted by robertpriddy on October 3, 2009

At least 30 young men have openly testified in public to one or another form of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba, from handling of genitals to masturbation and oral sex. Numerous others who fear for their own safety have contacted trusted dissidents in private with their accounts.


Please see the list of prominent signers of the Sai Petition or go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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Gerald Moreno – in the Sathya Sai Baba lunatic fringe

Posted by robertpriddy on October 2, 2009

Let us take a peep into the mind of Gerald Moreno, the fanatical believer in miracles and Sai Baba’s powers. After this intense seeking, he had what he believes to have been a physical visit across time and space by Sathya Sai Baba, during which he was unable to “move or scream”. This is the basis of his awe of Sai Baba. We see some of his self-description as follows:-

“As I was lying down, looking across the room and mumbling to myself about my sad state of sleeplessness, all of a sudden, I heard a sound that could only be best described as the gentle fluttering of hundreds of birds wings while flying overhead. As soon as I heard the sound, in a swirl, from the ground up, Sathya Sai Baba physically manifested before me! I was SO shocked and scared, I could not move or scream! Baba was in my room! I could discern his afro, flowing robe and he stared at me intensely, without saying a word, for about 20 seconds. Then, I heard the same sound of gentle fluttering of birds wings and Baba disappeared, in a swirl, from his head down to his feet!”
Note that Moreno states it was a physical manifestation! Yet he was as if paralysed, could not move, so obviously could not touch Sai Baba. This shows he over-interpreted the ‘experience’ heavily later, based on what he had read or heard from credulous devotees.
“When Baba disappeared, I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights and kept telling myself that I was not crazy! I felt like I had lost my mind. For crying out loud, I was hallucinating! It HAD to be a dream”

Indeed, he should have stuck to his common sense, but at that time little was widely known about ‘sleep paralysis’ . Firstly, he says he was suffering from sleeplessness. In that condition one often drops off without realising it. He heard what he though like the “gentle fluttering of hundreds of birds wings while flying overhead.” This speaks of a hypnagogic state, not one of sober waking consciousness. All that follows is in the same strain. “in a swirl, from the ground up, Sathya Sai Baba physically manifested before me!Which visions are experienced in sleep paralysis depends on the overriding concerns, interests, constant thoughts of the experiencer (click here). In Moreno’s case these were:-

“My experiences with Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai have been a source of great Joy and Gratitude in my life. During my teen years, I was searching very intensely for God. Everything seemed “empty” to me and I felt that the only way I would every experience being whole or complete, was if I could find God or Truth. I studied just about everything I could find on Spirituality.” (http://www.geocities.com/www0db0www/ExperiencesSai.html:- )

In modern times many UFO-fixated persons experience being abducted by aliens, while in the Middle Ages one was ‘visited’ by witches, succubi, the devil and so on. Sai Baba visitations fall into the same category. Typical of Moreno is that he NEVER looks for easily found high quality alternative explanations to phenomena (as can be seen throughout his web pages). The fact is, he is FUELLED by anything that can lift him as a ‘miraculous’ or ‘wonderful experience’. He demonstrates the total one-sided unwillingness to consider (let alone respond properly) to my explanations. So it is clear Gerald Moreno took his first step into the ‘lunatic fringe’ proper in that way, since when he has never really looked back (apart from some years when he also believed Sai Baba to be a sexual abuser – while still defending him to the hilt. Now he is promoting adulation of Sathya Sai Baba (who he angrily and repeatedly claims not even to be his guru) on his web log which is basically made to promote vicious attacks on dissidents in making it inviting to devotees by packing it with honeyed praise of Sai Baba. There he is posting official information along with credulous devotees’ experiences and the most fantastic stories (the blog is ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love and Spirituality’).

Many others were drawn to visit Sai Baba to find out whether he is anything of what he claims he is, including myself. The system of deception around him, combined with unfulfillable promises to countless people wanting something from him is powerful stuff, full of hearsay and group pressures of all kinds. Not so very many followers who persisted in practising his teaching for decades have been able to free themselves from it, as I did after learning (despite what I would greatly have preferred then) about the hidden sides of Sai Baba from a source I could never doubt.

Few ever came so close to some of the most deeply hidden facts as I did. Despite myself, I was led to know the multiform nature of his deceptions, lies, fraudulence, false promises, failed prophecies and involvement in crimes… which I very much wanted to deny, but which became so pressing and so impossible to ignore that I was able to de-programme myself entirely. I had strong personal resources, an unperturbed and open mind due to wide experience of the world – both for better and worse – in 40 countries and numerous kinds of employment, a very happy family life, being a professional researcher and philosophy lecturer. My critical qualifications I had held very largely in abeyance while trying wholeheartedly to plumb Indian spirituality – including Sathya Sai Baba’s teaching. Once I was forced to step back and see it all from a dissenting perspective, my critical sense reasserted itself. I had been forced to realise that Sathya Sai Baba is far from being what he claims to be!

More to follow on Moreno’s interpretations of his “experiences” later.


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

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