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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Lucas Ralli, Ron Laing and the Sathya Sai cult organisation

Posted by robertpriddy on June 25, 2014

FORMER CENTRAL COORDINATOR FOR UK  Within the Sathya Sai Organization, criticism was always absolutely taboo. Even constructive criticism was almost always neglected – of which there are numerous recorded instances.  The Charter of the Sathya Sai Organisation (unpublished as kept private to its members) makes crystal clear that membership is voluntary and that members have no claims or rights whatever vis-a-vis the Organization! Thus, many members were excluded without being able to have a say or a reasonable review of their behaviour, and a fair number of them have written about this since leaving the set-up. Such happened also to top office-bearers, including Lucas Ralli and Aime Levy (both former Central Coordinators for UK). An Australian leader, Stephen Carthew (Spiritual Coordinator for South Australia), sinned by questioning the organizations clamp-down on all mention of the sex abuse scandal and was excluded. The constructive criticisms of the UK Central Coordinators Ron Laing and Lucas Ralli (such as their attempted remodelling of the proposed revised Charter, which was a semi-racist dog’s dinner) were treated with contempt, Ron Laing was completely side-lined and Lucas Ralli was dismissed shortly afterwards, as he had predicted himself to me.

The same happened to Serguei Badaev, former President of the Moscow Centre, who was excluded without any explanation [by Thorbjørn Meyer] as one can read here. Conny Larsson of Sweden who tells that he was sexually abused at length by Sai Baba until he understood that it was not any kind of ‘psychic healing’ as Sai Baba has pretended (see here). Numerous devotees, some murdered, some took their own lives, have received scant sympathy, and the facts were quickly covered up as far as possible. This shows callous lack of concern!

Many office-bearers were dismissed by the Intrnational Chairman Indulal Shah, and there was a large blacklist of names who were denied entry to the ashram for one petty reason or another, usually having to do with dissatisfaction with behaviour of officials or self-promoting Seva Dal ‘servitors’. Anyone who visited Sai centres soon saw how any criticism or even questions which might suggest wrongdoing by Sai Baba are rejected. The same applies today and is yet more rigorously enforced by the paranoid attitude that rules most ‘officials’ there. No other view is possible for organisation members. Even office-bearers have not been able to raise any sensitive questions other than locally, at best. The example of the former President of the Moscow Sai Centre, Serguei Badaev is but one lasting proof of this. Look into any Sai Baba web site – past or present – and see that criticism is totally absent, because moderators have to remove all non-positive comments. Only in one instance has criticism by dissidents been mentioned by Sai officials (but not presented in its own right) in trying to refute it through major misinformation by Dr. G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s former main spokesperson and still  chief of the Sai organisation’s media and its ongoing disinformation projects. Examples could be multiplied time and again, and all members of the Sathya Sai Organization have always been fully aware that criticism was not allowed by Sathya Sai Baba, and he has stated this himself in several discourses (despite his continual criticisms of all and sundry!).

The “cult” label: The word “cult” often calls up associations to indoctrination and manipulation of followers’, backed up by strong group pressures along with psychological, social, and financial entrapment. Self-programming, based on ‘teachings’ which functions so as to inculcate behaviours which nip doubts about anything to do with the guru in the bud, is at the core of the teachings is a key feature of the Sathya Sai Baba cult. The devotee is instructed to spend their time in repetitive actions such as ritual worship, prayer, silent meditation, yogic exercises,  constantly repeating ‘holy’ names or mantras, all of which activities should occupy the mind to the exclusion of normal thought and as an antidote to doubts, critical thinking and curiosity. Religious cults are often connected in the public mind with scandals over their leaders’ sex lives, murder involvements and financial manipulations.  All these features have all along been inalienably involved in Sathya Sai Baba’s case. Suicide was not uncommon at the Sai Baba ashrams (even one whole large family killed themselves there). Another feature of cults is that those who leave them or criticise them are treated not only as outcasts, but are often slandered in public, harassed and stalked on the Internet and even in their private lives. This has been done intensively against most of those of us who have rejected and dared to criticise Sathya Sai Baba openly and in truth.

Donald Taylor analysed the Sathya Sai Baba Council of Great Britain, which was one of the best organised in the International Sathya Sai Organisation, showing how it was a cult, as one can read here

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