Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Faith Schools – Sathya Sai Baba ‘Educare’

Posted by robertpriddy on December 16, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba schools – his so-called ‘Educare’ institutions figure among the many ‘faith schools’ which have increasingly been adopted in many Western democracies. These ideas have even been partly included in the British educational system, despite the guru being under the shadow of many accusations of crimes and deceptions. Several of his schools have been closed down, due to the reported sexual abuse of young boys involved and one major school was stopped in Denmark due to protests by the community involved.

The establishment of so-called Sai Educare schools and colleges – teaching the rather simplistic ‘Education in Human Values’ course – by Sathya Sai Baba and related agencies in any civilized country should be carefully monitored since they openly or covertly promote the personality cult of Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate. I accept some of the human value teaching ideals that motivate these activities, yet I have serious reservations about their various serious shortcomings and also as to the way in which they become interpreted in practice in terms of the repressive and out-dated aspects of Sai Baba’s religious doctrines and are affected by the primitive levels of proper duty and care typical in many Indian schools, where physical and mental punishment are still widespread and go unchallenged. (see INDIAN GOVERNMENT REPORT ON CHILD SEX ABUSE IN INDIA)

The Sai Baba doctrine claims to be a form of ‘universal spirituality’which respects all religions. However, the demonstrable ignorance of Sathya Sai Baba about other religions casts much doubt on this (see here). Most of the hindrances in the Sai Org. to developing a healthy teaching environment were – and still are – doctrinally based. The main problem is that the largely traditional religious teaching of Sai Baba is a mixture of fundamentalist Hinduism drawing upon various Indian traditions and only most superficially on more modern ideas. There is a most notable shortage of universal educational concepts and contents, total avoidance of all modern educations science and pedagogy and complete absence of any debate of the principles involved, since Sathya Sai Baba’s word is taken as gospel and more, the word of God Incarnate Himself! Many of the restrictions that affected the voluntary and amateur educational ‘curriculum’ known as EHV (Education in Human Values) stem from the highly conservative and traditional culture expressed by Sathya Sai Baba, which is carried over in no small measure into Sai Educare.

Faith Schools and their consequences: Induction into a religious faith at a tender age is indoctrination. While physical abuse is now at last forbidden in the most civilized countries, mental abuse is still allowed, and this includes inculcating defenseless children with superstitious folklore and false conceptions.

It should be a human right not to be subjected to an environment where environmental pressures and ‘group effect’ acts to make any child accept a religion. Richard Dawkins has led the way in courageously speaking out to this effect. Bringing up children under a system of education which contain non educative elements (i.e. proselytizing) is contrary to education, which means the learning of real facts about the real world and imbibing the human values (not divine commandments) upon which civilized society and international agreements rest. Faith schools differ from secular schools in that they are really belief-inducing schools. The increasing isolation and unwillingness of “faith” communities to integrate is a threat to future social harmony and world peace, where terrorism is the new kind of war.

All religions are actually ideologies, and their core beliefs are unsupported by any substantive facts or science. They differ as to values and consequently in many parts of the world they are at loggerheads and often in direct violent conflict with one another. To contribute to this disruption, this battle of the sects, however much one talks of peace and goodness, is a blind policy. Socially divisive ‘brainwashing’ – of whatever type and however mild – is unacceptable and to endorse it through an educational system should be made illegal. Divisiveness arises from the pretense that this or that faith has superior access to ‘the truth’, and often that truth will include claims about the unity of mankind… yet which only leads to hypocrisy in action. The consequences are already exploding on the streets of Europe and the USA, not to mention in the developing world where divisions are extreme.

Education deserving the name should develop the autonomy of people, enlightening them as to how to make their own choices in a reasonable way and with knowledge of possible consequences. Obscurantist scriptures should be banned from schools, which would mean the exclusion of large parts of most of them.

Often, faith schools are popular with parents because they impose more discipline on pupils than secular schools, not least because of the absolutism of the moral codes enshrined in their religions (the Ten Commandments for example). Though often effective, this is absolutely not the best way to achieve integration of pupils into harmonious working groups and communities. Understanding, communication and help in socialization (through special needs assistance and counseling) is the way to go instead. But selection of pupils on religious and other (often bogus) criteria excludes the problem children and avoids the social problems that such schools should bear and face up to, rather than avoiding them. Since their chief aim is religious indoctrination, however, they manipulate so as to avoid those who will be ‘difficult’ and especially potentially critical children and parents.

One commentator (protogodzilla) wrote in the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/8204399/Faith-schools-are-a-beacon-of-excellence.html)
“I attended an RC school in London in the ‘fifties. We were indoctrinated into believing protestants were the spawn of the devil. When I mentioned to the priest that we were all Christians I was caned. We were brain washed into believing that our religion was the most important matter of our lives. I abandoned my religion on the day I left school – there was too much hatred in it for my taste. As a recipe for division, mankind has never devised a better stick than religion to destroy itself. Muslims hold to their brand of bigotry as savagely as the RCs of my youth. If there is a God would He/She be happy with this state of affairs? Faith schools segregate rather than integrate and should be outlawed to encourage social cohesion.”

On such a background one can understand the horrendous events that have terrorized Northern Ireland, and which are yet worse in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

See An Open Letter to the Followers of Sathya Sai Baba by Frank Morales, M.A. International Sanatana Dharma Society


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One Response to “Faith Schools – Sathya Sai Baba ‘Educare’”

  1. I’m glad you feel as strongly against religious indoctrination as I do. I have a hard time convincing other atheists on this subject.

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