Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Sathya Sai Baba cult worship disempowerment

Posted by robertpriddy on January 27, 2014

Summaries of the six full articles explaining this self-negation in depth

Part One -The Nectar that turns into Opium The enthusiasm of newly converted ‘devotees’ to gurus means that one invests one’s own energies and identity in some other person, and develops a dependency on an external mind other than one’s own. This often continues for some time, but eventually the nectar becomes opium and brings the same kind of problems as the drug does – loss of autonomy, confusion, weakness of purpose etc. By that time too many persons are too involved and have sacrificed so much of their own mind and autonomy that they can only break the dependency with the greatest difficulty. By that time many are far even from willing even to try.

Part Two– Escapism in a spiritual guise Gurus usually make a fuss of new followers (especially at first) and intimate that he is taking them under personal care and protection so they may attain the ‘spiritual heights’ and even get release from all suffering and even the ‘wheel of reincarnation’. Escapism into ‘spirituality’ is largely the acceptance of indoctrination or a mental straightjacket on natural and normal behaviour, which leads to loss of autonomy, cognitive disorientation from which the guru will do nothing to save or release the individual, as he has inducted a follower who cannot refues his original offer of eventual salvation from all problems.

Part Three – Projecting one’s inherent powers (onto the guru) How psychological projection is the key to understanding how people perceive their guru or ‘spiritual master’. The way perceptions are built and controlled are many, not least through personal contact, stories, books, films and so forth before meeting the guru. On the first meeting, the aspirant already has many ideas about the guru and how he should be approached, worshipped, prayed to etc. This has always been the way to get involved with Sai Baba. visits the ashrams hoping for some form of personal attention, eye contact, some words and above all, a group interview and a private talk but often one is kept waiting for days, weeks, months even years with just a few enigmatic glances, nods or other slight indications. (exemplified by Chris Parnell of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization)

Part Four – Misunderstood Self-denial Through supposed ‘self-transformation’ one adopts a doctrine and becomes seriously engaged in trying to put into practice the precepts required by it. With few exceptions, so-called spiriual gurus require celibacy and teach puritanical and traditional customs about relationships, especially between women and men. A person who joins a community where this is required soon distances him or herself from former friends and connections, even close family in numerous cases. One learns what one may say openly within the community, and what is taboo, but also what one can say to non-participants, how one should present the guru, the community and the teaching. This is a kind of double-accounting system whereby unfortunate aspects and especially doubts about the guru or his teaching are suppressed or misrepresented to others. The result is a kind of social apartheid – us and them (i.e. the rest of society). 

Denial of so-called ‘ego’, individuality, surrender of selfhood are incompatible with natural and self-aware self-confidence, as those who really try to put extreme ‘spiritual work’ into practice discover. Not like most others who preach about it but fail to act themselves. One example is the Sai sermoniser, Professor Anil Kumar, who is married but known for having mistresses… and whose egotistical and constant falsely-humble bombast is so extreme as to demonstrate how to compensate for lack of sound self-confidence.

Part Five Sai ‘Group think’ & Dominance through Psychic Manipulation The guru usually makes good use of the persuasive power of ‘group effect’ or ‘groupthink’.  Sai Baba VIPs often let it be known (mostly in an offhand way) about any blessings that conferred on them by Sai baba… it gave increased group status and authority. Having selected the most blind followers (preferable rich, influential) as his top minions, they and Sai Baba’s huge group of subservient followers did his work for him. As new, isolated, individual arrived and were initiated into the standard explanations which deter doubts or criticism and inures the mind into disregard of the many untoward events and surprises that arise to test one’s faith. Thus the adherent gradually got cognitively and psychologically confused in their judgement and could come to live in a kind of parallel reality, a space where the teaching never to criticise anyone but oneself or even think anything negative about anyone has to be given lip service, at least. This is an ideal environment for the charlatan, the corrupt and the criminal.

Part Six – Fundamentalist tenets & their psychological effects   Fundamentalist ideas which, by their very nature, invariably go against the grain of common sense and healthy moderation, have consequent psychological effects in disempowerment and self-denial. Self-conflicting doctrine and teachings which are so impracticable and strict lead to self-denigration and yet worse, let alone to discoveries that all is not as it should be in the community and in the guru’s personal life and actions. When the teaching is inconsistent, vague, fuzzy, too general and open to differing interpretations – as is often the case – it can be too much for the average person to master mentally, to analyse (and study critically!). The teaching is usually backed up by reference to innumerable spiritual stories, doctrines and dogmas as well as to sophisticated speculative explanations of moot points, so that it become as if an endless labyrinth where one loses the Ariadne thread all too easily and ends up giving up in confusion. Unfortunately, the option often taken then is usually resignation and acceptance of the doctrine “the human mind is not capable of the superhuman level of the guru’s immense knowledge’.

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