Sathya Sai Baba admired until intensive investigations
Posted by robertpriddy on October 24, 2015
For 18 years I trusted in Sathya Sai Baba, even though untoward incident after incident caused doubts. These I put aside in the interest of the wider picture and what I believed to be the greater good. In 1994 I published a book which was far too uncritical, but which did not contain any lies. Sai Baba accepted and signed the book. However, the idea that he was not so devoted to truth, love and the good repeatedly returned with each new inconsistent claim or error he made, nagging away at the mind and spreading unperceived roots until an unwanted but decisive blow finally shook my faith. This was evidence that Sai Baba was deeply involved in murders and their cover-up, which I was unable to doubt, due to being told by one of his closest servitors, V.K. Narasimhan. It took a year or more to absorb this shock as I looked for ways to explain it, rationalise it away and find out more than might alter the facts. Then the testimonies of his sexual abuses of young men and male minors came pouring in from trustworthy sources, which set me investigating yet again, wishing not to believe this until I had established beyond any sliver of doubt that it was so.
The Sathya Sai ashrams and institutions’s internal arrangements were shrouded in intense secrecy and there was very tight security which was initially unobtrusive and undercover. After the attack on the temple apartment, which was alleged to have been an assassination attempt on Sai Baba (though he denied this himself) the government allocated armed guards and metal detectors scanned everyone who went to wait to see him, opening every bag and purse and checking every pocket. My close insider friend, V.K. Narasimhan, confided in me that in 1996 the ashram employed 50 plainclothes security agents costing 50 lakhs of rupees a month (some secretly armed, one of whom drew his weapons in some part of the ashram. I reported this to the authorities and was told off for trying to create trouble!). All this was, according to Sai Baba, for the safety of his devotees and visitors… here one sees Sai Baba usual hypocrisy!
It was therefore no easy matter to investigate the hidden goings-on or facts about any unfortunate incident, all of which were immediately suppressed by the ashram staff and not least the privileged foreign devotees (VIPs) who observed without question and to the letter all the restrictions imposed by ashram staff and Sai Baba himself. As soon as one began to ask what one should not, one came up against a wall wherever one turned, which showed that this was actually a cult with a very tight inner circle and many servitors who religiously did what they were told in every respect.
However, the human mind is a most powerful tool if it is finely honed, educated and concentrated on solving problems, according to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. To pursue the truth of any matter, one must begin from tangible or indubitable facts without relying on hunches or concocting theories in advance. Only when the data itself points to the explanation, can hypotheses be tested and a theory to include all the facts be arrived at. I have followed this method carefully in my investigations and conclusions about Sathya Sai Baba and his organisation. Those who will not agree with me have not done the proper work to confirm his massive deceptions and crimes.