Faith in Sai Baba worn away totally
Posted by robertpriddy on May 15, 2016
I was deceived by Sathya Sai Baba for many years, as were millions, many of whom remain in delusive denial. In the zealous atmosphere where most followers get entrapped in subtle indoctrination and a largely self-programmed belief compendium, no even moderately inquiring mind that gets access to much inside information can survive untroubled for very long. Prashanthi Nilayam ashram habitués either went along with the rationalization processes which operated at full steam throughout the Sai Baba movement, or began to question when disturbed by too many observable and reported events which disagreed with the official map, as it were. Living within any Sai Baba community soon became mentally stifling to those who do not succumb entirely to its recommended feelings and foibles. It is certainly very unfruitful intellectually.
I was fortunate in that I was eventually told crucial facts and awful truth by one of the closest servitors of the self-proclaimed ‘God incarnate in human form’. I eventually found that the onerous duty to expose the lies and deceptions, including numerous crimes of which he has never been cleared… fell more and more on my shoulders. It was no easy choice from the start, and not without danger either! Devotees were executed in cold-blood and many other tragedies took place in the ashrams, from accidents to suicides and even unsolved disappearances, befell people who dissented.
One of the hardest tests I had to face – shared by my close friend, the once famous and courageous Indian journalist V.K. Narasimhan, was that this applied with full force to the Sai Baba educational institutions – both the teachers and – of course – the unquestioning and necessarily passive students. At Narasimhan’s editorial requests, I sought in articles I wrote for the monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi to seek answers to remove doubts that Sai Baba’s words and acts were constantly raising in the minds of many followers. But the doctrine of Sai Baba is set in stone as God-ordained, perfect and beyond any human criticism or even proper understanding (he claims). My efforts to reconcile anomalies and dispel them by deep analysis and drawing in wide considerations to blunt their impact were embraced readily by those starved of explanations of very worrying events and wild Sai Baba statements … yet eventually I had to say no to Narasimhan’s pressing requests for further articles.
He told me so much about the corruption and untruthfulness around Sai Baba and even the avatar himself was not exempt from Narasimhan’s disturbing private doubts about his role in the murders in 1994 and the subsequent cover-up effected at the top level by Sai devotees in government, S.B. Chavan (Home Minister), Narasimha Rao (Prime Minister) , Bhagwati ex-High Chief Justice and many more who had unfortunately implicate themselves in support for the insupportable myths and claims before the murder and the many world-wide sexual abuse testimonies. Put any of the above names or keywords into the search box and the documentation will be found.