Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Sathya Sai Baba, defended the Indian caste system!

Posted by robertpriddy on November 18, 2009

“The system of Varnas is ordained by the Vedas and so there can be no injustice in it; it is not an artifice invented by man.” (Sathya Sai Baba in Geetha Vahini, Ch. IX, p. 46 )

The strongest, most systematic attack on the caste system has come in the twentieth century through the Constitution of India, adopted on November 26, 1949. India’s constitution guarantees the right of all its citizens to justice, liberty, equality, and dignity. In practice, however, the situation falls far short of the ideal. The 2014 election of the rightist Hindu-nationalist Narendra Modi as Indian’s Prime Minister has not so far led to strife with minority religionists, but it does not bode well for Dalits. Already in 2002, Human Rights Watch wrote how: “The increasing domination of Hindu nationalism in India’s current political landscape has dramatically undermined India’s constitutional commitment to secular democracy. The policies espoused by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its sister organizations, collectively known as the sangh parivar, have already resulted in much violence against the country’s Christian, Muslim, and Dalit (“untouchable”) populations.

Sathya Sai Baba promoted himself as an unsurpassed renewer of moral and human values come to save India and the whole of humanity, while he was a regular defender of the caste system. He cited the age-old laws of Manu (see the relevant description here), which insist on a divisive, unjust and virtually racialist exclusion of those deemed ‘casteless’, – involving a very repressive ‘caste hygiene’ (actually a kind of ‘racial hygiene’ against the indigenous non-Aryan and Hindu population among others) all of which is still a major scourge in India. It is of note that Nietzsche enthused over the laws of Manu on castes (and we know that Nietzsche’s philosophy was used to support Nazi racism and the Holocaust!).  The caste system is a bastion against social equality. Besides, in numerous statements Sai Baba argued against the social ideal of distribution of wealth (Sanathana Sarathi January 1986 p.11) and rejected the common ideal of social equality as unrealistic, rather asserting that everyone is equal only before God!

Despite his much publicised teaching of non-discrimination due to colour, creed, caste & religion he not only spoke favourably of the four-caste system (even as primitively stated as it was by Manu) but he did not publicly criticise any specific caste discrimination, and it happened as usual in his own ashrams, over which he had complete legal and physical control.  Both in his discourses and actions, he tended strongly to support the basic religious ideas underpinning even the present caste system. For example, he NEVER spoke out about the huge and terrible injustices that the Dalits suffer… nor did he instructed his followers to help these ‘untouchable’ casteless to have access to wells let alone temples, nor did he criticised the continued pseudo-religious organized prostitution of thousands of female temple dancers.

Sathya Sai Baba had great influence on most of the Prime Ministers and Presidents of India for three decades – and on the Supreme and High Court judiciary [whose key founding figure Bhagwati was on the board of his Sathya Sai Central Trust when Sai Baba died] – yet he evidently never asked or insisted that they make proper efforts to stop the injustices against the Dalits. This illustrates the frequent divergence of his preaching and practice.

In strong contrast to Sai Baba, P.L. Mimroth is as intelligent and courageous a defender of the casteless as was Ambedkar. He is a lawyer and president of an organization that tries to help India’s casteless, the Dalits. Based in New Delhi, Mimroth often travels to Rajasthan, his native state. Everything there is the same as ever, the houses, families, castes. Even the village well is still only open to people of caste and closed to the casteless! Now as ever, they are forced to trudge off to the water hole four kilometers away. They are denied access to temples in many villages, and sometimes they must even go to the city to get a haircut because caste people refuse to touch them!

Statistics show that 90 presented by the casteless continue to sweat their traditional low-status jobs in that only five per cent have managed to advance themselves into service professions – and that even fewer have managed to reach the truly high status of doctor or lawyer.

The unrighteousness of Rajasthan has lasted for over 2,000 years with the rest of India not far behind. India’s caste system has existed nearly as long as Hinduism. The world’s largest democracy has 160 million casteless. On paper, they have the same rights and obligations as everyone else, but the reality is different.  Mimroth says that ancient ideas can’t be removed by decision and powerful pressure groups.

Further reading:
The caste system defended as natural – P.L. Mimroth (Sathya Sai Baba defended the caste system in this way)

Gandhi to Sathya Sai Baba – Hindu-Indian Nationalism

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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