Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Defenders of Sathya Sai Baba and ‘vested interests’

Posted by robertpriddy on January 5, 2012

From time to time a few of those who were connected in one way or another – and also some who remain so after his most unpropitious demise – try to defend his failing reputation in the face of the major scandals that have followed him, especially since the worldwide sexual abuse testimonies from 1999 onwards. Nearly every defender is known to have vested interests of one kind or another in defending his name. (See reasons below).

The former International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization – Mr. Indulal Shah – claimed  meretriciously that the sex abuse allegations were made by persons having `vested interests`. The Hindu (10-6-1993) further revealed Shah’s agenda, as follows: “When press persons met Indulal Shah, chief functionary of the Sri Sathya Sai World Trust, he said, ‘the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.” This devious person – then the International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organisation – was deeply involved in the cover-up of the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom! The Indian Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, and three high-profile co-signatories of a public letter including Indulal Shah and P.N. Bhagwati) which stated that the contentions against their guru were “wild, reckless and concocted allegations made by certain vested interests and people against Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.” This was published without a shred of evidence to support it, and of course without explaining what was meant by ‘vested interests’ or which persons or bodies might be involved. An allusion to competing religions, sects or cults, perhaps.. it was anybody’s guess! (Challenged under the Right to Information laws, the entire cover-up apparatus of the State was employed to avoid answering what evidence these specious claims were based on). Likewise, Sathya Sai Baba himself claimed that people were being paid to made those allegations, without offering a shred of evidence or naming any body which could be involved. All that was an attempt to defuse the crisis among devotees and give them at least a figment of explanation of what to them were otherwise incomprehensible claims against their pure, perfect, infallible, omniscient and omnipotent Godhead!

The phrase `vested interest` can mean `a special interest in protecting or promoting that which is to one’s own personal advantage`. This would exclude those who bravely stood forth to give their accounts of how Sathya Sai Baba had sexually abused them, which they mostly did to confirm and support the whistle-blower, David Bailey, whose account of what he had discovered after very close association with Sathya Sai Baba and many of his students and followers worldwide wrote `The Findings`, which caused a major upheaval among followers.

The only interest the majority of exposers of Sai Baba`s many deceptions and abuses have had is that of upholding the truth, and upholding it in the face of massive propaganda and misinformation by all those with their own vested interests in supporting Sai Baba and all connected with him. Nor can any of the defectors or apostates be reasonably accused  of being `Vested interests`, which can also mean `those groups that seek to maintain or control an existing system or activity from which they derive private benefit.` Virtually none of them were acting to promote other religious institutions or competitors for the benefits that befell those connected with Sathya Sai Baba, of whom there were and still are very many of all kinds and degrees of involvement.

Here are some of the many kinds of ‘vested interest’ that followers hold in “protecting or promoting their personal advantage”:-

1) Being a beneficiary – directly on indirectly – of the massive donated funds which are used for all manner of project from free or subsidized education, health care, charitable support, payment for services and other methods of dispersing monies, whether accountability so or illegally. (One small example:, being the recipient of goods like the 5 new cars given out of donated funds to officials, including one to the infamous and well-heeled Head of Radio Sai, Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist, plagiariser and writer of extended untruths).

2) Having invested in property under the control of the ashram authorities – such as apartments – or other apartments or houses adjacent to Sai Baba ashrams. The value of such properties falls due to lack of belief in Sai Baba’s claims of divinity, which it is in the interest of property holders to promote.

3) Having made many ties to the social and other activities connected to Sai Baba and often having alienated former friends and contacts without which devotees are – or feel themselves to be – more or less entirely dependent for any social quality of life.

4) Having invested their belief and prestige in their acceptance by Sathya Sai Baba and circles around him for so long or to an extent which makes them unable to admit of having been wrong about him. Not only is loss of face considerable, but this can affect

5) ‘A right or title, as to present or future possession of an estate, that can be conveyed to another’ is also a definition of ‘vested interest’ and this applies to the present Sai Central Trust board members, who have assumed – by hook or by crook – control over the entire estate of Sathya Sai Baba.

The personal advantages that the devotee believes will or may accrue from their faith in Sai Baba, their various sacrifices in his name and so forth, include the guarantee never to be reborn into the world after death (i.e. absolute ‘liberation’ or Moksha, Nirvana). This is, however, one very powerful motive in the lives of most devotees and some imagine that by defending the supposed Godhead, Creator of the Universe (etc. etc. ad. inf.)  against those who have facts to relate and criticism to level (none of which can be refuted due to documentation often including Sathya Sai Baba’s own published words, self-contadictions, untruths, failed predictions and broken promises etc.). This may hardly be called a ‘vested interest’ because of theunproven, unrealistic and fantastic nature of the entire belief and the hopes on which the followers are mostly dependent.

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