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Understanding religion – the origins and persistence of such diverse beliefs

Posted by robertpriddy on February 6, 2016

The Origins and Persistence of Religious Belief and Faith in God Wonder and awe at existence, at the world early humankind lived in and not least at ‘the heavens’ are common to us all and there is evidence that neolithic humans also had the capacity and the time for this. The human condition of not knowing the whys, hows and wherefores of being pertains even today, though is doubtless not so overwhelming as it once was. This awe cannot have been insulated from fear, which is so closely related to ignorance.

Otherworldliness and futile escapism It is almost unavoidable that a person  – even if not brought up to some religious faith and even well-educated in the relevant sciences – will sooner or later become interested in age-long traditions of many kinds that try to prepare those who aspire to greater understanding and realization of their own potentialities…

Can religion and ideologies lead to cognitive disorder? Religious faith depends upon a system of beliefs, not proven facts and certainly not scientifically verifiable facts. It depends on much more than belief as such. The influences of parents and the mental and emotional imprinting to which their children are subjected forms a basis – naive childhood acceptance of beliefs.

The agnosticism vs. atheism issue and and secularism Some key distinctions for the science-religion debates: If ‘atheism’ means “100% certainty or conviction that there is no god or cosmic intelligence which created or sustains the universe” then there must be few who can – on proper reflection – subscribe to its literal sense. To do so it to become a rigid know-all…

Religion as ’emulation of the adult by the child’ Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men have made in search of personal power, all of it mingled with shreds of enlightenment. And always the ultimate unspoken commandment is “Thou shalt not question!” But we question.

The brain as a belief machine Much has been discovered in recent times about how beliefs are formed, what conditions the process – especially through neurological studies.  I recommend the following work as an important contribution to the subject The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. By Michael Shermer.

The ‘Labyrinth fallacy’ in extensive belief systems  There are systems of thought and belief which are seldom easily recognised as being a convoluted circular ‘labyrinth’ of ideas. The logical fallacy involved is circularity or self-contradiction, but this is not easily detected because of the complexity and extended nature of the particular idea-system or ‘labyrinthine’ doctrine. Wherever there is a vast collection of thoughts, ideas, beliefs and practices which are based on speculative reasoning and unlikely assumptions, one can become lost to oneself.

Ten Reasons why unbelievers dislike religion Among the restrictions common to most mainstream religions are certain human values which are not recognised, causing the rejection of religion by those who lean towards modern humanitarianism, fairness and equality, avoidance of ideological conflict and and scientifically sound decisions.

The crucial ‘test of faith’ in religions, sects and cults Tests of faith are a part of all traditional religious views and doctrines and are invariably supportive of a priesthood, guru, church or religion. They are a very subtle means of manipulating the minds of guru-followers developed over many centuries, often embroiling people in mental networks of uncertainties and striving, which most likely bear no other fruits than keeping the ‘spiritual master’ in his fortunate, revered and comfortable position.

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Today’s News from India re Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 13, 2011

Apropos yesterday’s blog showing the ignorance of Sathya Sai Baba, making his pretense of educating of others a set-back for common sense, reason, science and the future of those who are ‘infected’ by his superstitious and mythical nonsense, the following news items have appeared which only back up my contentions:-


See also:-
Overview of links to pages exposing with documentation of Sathya Sai Baba’s ignorance of science
Cardinal Failings in Sathya Sai Baba’s Five Human Values
Fundamentalist ideas in Sathya Sai Education
Sathya Sai Baba ‘Educare’ programme under all suspicion

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Sathya Sai Baba education in Satyajit’s hands

Posted by robertpriddy on May 4, 2011

Late Satya Sai Baba’s trusted follower of 15 years, Yatish Salian alias Satyajit has been sidelined by the 8 members Central Trust, especially Sai Baba’s power-hungry nephew Ratnakar.

The division of the spoils goes on – mostly behind tightly closed doors – but Satyajit, Sathya Sai Baba’s No. 1 ‘boyfriend’ and roommate for so many years has been allocated some responsibility… not one which promises any serious financial gain. Money matters will be kept for the Trust panjandrums and several cover-up, corrupted persons like Bhagwati, whose astonishing admissions of how he fulfilled his role as a Supreme Court judge have been nudging a few mainstream journalists in India half-awake. (i.e. they rather prefer to embrace – often in chauvinist ways – Sathya Sai Baba’s great façade of holiness and try to forget all that he is rightly accused of by young men and families of executed ex-students… to name the most prominent of cases.  See a proper and succinct summary of this here:- Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

Vidya Vahini schools - i.e. 'Sweetness of Knowledge' schools - but they will only purvey faith, doctrine and dogma electronically - , not real knowledge

Meanwhile, Satyajit is to oversee the system of Sai schools called Vidya Vahini. The use of the Sanskrit word ‘Vidya’ shows what kind of supposed ‘knowledge’ this system purveys – in short, the kind of mythological-based moralizing and simplistic doctrine of a mainly Hindu religious character. His so-called “human values” are eternal values instituted by him (as creator of the universe and mankind!) In short, unchanging and Divine, and not thereby ‘human’ values’ at all. They are so generalized and ill-defined as to be ambiguous and confusingly simplistic, and were doctrinally ‘set in concrete once and for all’ by his divine will at the beginning of time! Claiming to provide ‘spiritual’ education (to correct the ills of the age) rather than religious teachings, such Sai Baba projects promote highly controversial doctrines such as that of retributive karma, which is open to all kinds of valid criticism, not least that it is pure speculation without any serious empirical backing to be found. The pretence that he purveys any kind of ‘universal spirituality’ common to all religions is false, for the educational system is totally shot through and through with religious ideas and superstitions (especially Hindu beliefs, including the Indian claim of ‘incarnate god-avatars’)

All Sathya Sai Baba educational projects without exception suffer from the same great weaknesses, such as downgrading of recognised human rights, the importance of social and legal justice in favour of enforcing human ‘duties’, and not seeing, hearing or speaking ill of anyone or criticizing anyone (except oneself). In short a sheer parody of right and good and the means to correct the wrong and bad. Then comes the total avoidance of all issues of gender and sexuality in favour of traditional pseudo-Victorian double morale and unrepressed male chauvinist anti-female attitudes throughout. The pedagogical standards of all Sai schools, Educare projects, Education in Human Values courses are totally unprofessional, not least since they are taught by believers in Sai Baba, mostly amateur teachers and without any forum for critical, analytical discussion of the contents and aims in respect of any professional educational conferences or research workshops… since all Sai Baba education keeps strictly to itself and allows no outside influence whatever!

Some of the following links may help in clarification – especially who are reeling in confusion at the contradictions, seething doubts and personal confusion that will have arisen for many after the late demise by removal from life support without samadhi by the degenerate man who Indian media are daring even indirectly to call a God!

Human Values – Sai Baba’s truncated ideas The SSEHV (Human Values programme) of Sai Baba is an ill-conceived, skimpy and retrograde form of education that no professional educational experts would condone as it stands, it being too simplistic, rigid and restrictive for modern life
Sai Baba’s “Five Human Values>´”  Summary of the conceptual and pedagogical problems in Sai Baba’s supposedly “human” values and the teaching of them
Where the human values teaching falls short and is in serious error
Human values must include human rights, democratic rights, social equality, women’s rights, gender rights and above all human justice and law. The rigid and unchanging ”five human values’ Sai Baba promotes definitively exclude all these, as do his simplistic and often unpedagogical educational ideas.
Sai Baba discourse on education
A brief look at some of his statements
Human values as common or ‘universal’ values?
Human values can be shared, but can they be they shared universally when they are not practiced universally? Being human values they are socially, culturally and politically variable in expression and not least in practice.
Sathya Sai Baba EHV exposed
as a censorious, amateur sect
Sai Baba Education in Human Values (SSEHV)
A close look at some of the shortcomings and discrepancies in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
Cardinal failings in Sai Baba’s teachings – some of the main weaknesses summarized and demonstrated in detail
The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power These incisive analyses of the methods, teachings and failings common to most so-called ‘gurus’ are highly accurate in describing the dynamics of the guru-follower relationship and its exploitation. They apply with full force to  Sai Baba, as any independent-minded person can easily establish.
Fallacies in doctrines of ‘karma’ (and healing) The conflict between traditional doctrines of karma and scientific rationality. Variants in doctrine are compared with the current state of human knowledge
Sai Baba fallacies and falsities – his absurd ‘Saience’ vs. true science His ignorance of atomic physics, astrophysics, magnetism, geo-sciences, historical fact, history of religions etc.
Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape World report 2008 in marked conflict with Sai Baba’s promises made over many decades. He has said that he would first “save” India and then the rest of the world – this within his own lifetime.
Spirituality redefined without religion or mysticism
Spirituality is about human values, which are created and acted on by human beings, without the assistance of any disembodied deity or principle.
Avoidance of vital issues, like sex, AIDS by ‘Universal teacher’ One would expect that a teacher worth his salt would have something educative and knowledgeable to say on the subject of human sexuality and the many issues which surround it and problems which arise from it, but it is far too ‘touchy’ for Sathya Sai Baba. One can but ask why?
Sathya Sai Baba’s religious teaching The most enormous claims ever made by a human being about himself are seen to be nothing but bluster backed by a catch-all pseudo-universal ‘spirituality’
Otherworldliness and futile escapism Belief in a non-physical realm of spirits and deities is only a belief, and one which rather diverts energies and aspirations away from real solutions to human problems than showing any tangible contributions.
Avoiding leaps of faith into conclusions Irrational human behaviour is very widespread, and many people will believe just about anything, especially if it suits them, their lifestyle, their habits and accumulated opinions
Mystical and religious explanations being crowded out
As science continues, decade after decade, to fill more and more of the gaps in our knowledge, there is less and less space for the mystical explanation and the supposed ‘divine hand’. The process of cumulative human knowledge based on massive observation and experimentation – instead of superstition and speculative theology – has continued since earliest human history.

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Faith Schools – Sathya Sai Baba ‘Educare’

Posted by robertpriddy on December 16, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba schools – his so-called ‘Educare’ institutions figure among the many ‘faith schools’ which have increasingly been adopted in many Western democracies. These ideas have even been partly included in the British educational system, despite the guru being under the shadow of many accusations of crimes and deceptions. Several of his schools have been closed down, due to the reported sexual abuse of young boys involved and one major school was stopped in Denmark due to protests by the community involved.

The establishment of so-called Sai Educare schools and colleges – teaching the rather simplistic ‘Education in Human Values’ course – by Sathya Sai Baba and related agencies in any civilized country should be carefully monitored since they openly or covertly promote the personality cult of Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate. I accept some of the human value teaching ideals that motivate these activities, yet I have serious reservations about their various serious shortcomings and also as to the way in which they become interpreted in practice in terms of the repressive and out-dated aspects of Sai Baba’s religious doctrines and are affected by the primitive levels of proper duty and care typical in many Indian schools, where physical and mental punishment are still widespread and go unchallenged. (see INDIAN GOVERNMENT REPORT ON CHILD SEX ABUSE IN INDIA)

The Sai Baba doctrine claims to be a form of ‘universal spirituality’which respects all religions. However, the demonstrable ignorance of Sathya Sai Baba about other religions casts much doubt on this (see here). Most of the hindrances in the Sai Org. to developing a healthy teaching environment were – and still are – doctrinally based. The main problem is that the largely traditional religious teaching of Sai Baba is a mixture of fundamentalist Hinduism drawing upon various Indian traditions and only most superficially on more modern ideas. There is a most notable shortage of universal educational concepts and contents, total avoidance of all modern educations science and pedagogy and complete absence of any debate of the principles involved, since Sathya Sai Baba’s word is taken as gospel and more, the word of God Incarnate Himself! Many of the restrictions that affected the voluntary and amateur educational ‘curriculum’ known as EHV (Education in Human Values) stem from the highly conservative and traditional culture expressed by Sathya Sai Baba, which is carried over in no small measure into Sai Educare.

Faith Schools and their consequences: Induction into a religious faith at a tender age is indoctrination. While physical abuse is now at last forbidden in the most civilized countries, mental abuse is still allowed, and this includes inculcating defenseless children with superstitious folklore and false conceptions.

It should be a human right not to be subjected to an environment where environmental pressures and ‘group effect’ acts to make any child accept a religion. Richard Dawkins has led the way in courageously speaking out to this effect. Bringing up children under a system of education which contain non educative elements (i.e. proselytizing) is contrary to education, which means the learning of real facts about the real world and imbibing the human values (not divine commandments) upon which civilized society and international agreements rest. Faith schools differ from secular schools in that they are really belief-inducing schools. The increasing isolation and unwillingness of “faith” communities to integrate is a threat to future social harmony and world peace, where terrorism is the new kind of war.

All religions are actually ideologies, and their core beliefs are unsupported by any substantive facts or science. They differ as to values and consequently in many parts of the world they are at loggerheads and often in direct violent conflict with one another. To contribute to this disruption, this battle of the sects, however much one talks of peace and goodness, is a blind policy. Socially divisive ‘brainwashing’ – of whatever type and however mild – is unacceptable and to endorse it through an educational system should be made illegal. Divisiveness arises from the pretense that this or that faith has superior access to ‘the truth’, and often that truth will include claims about the unity of mankind… yet which only leads to hypocrisy in action. The consequences are already exploding on the streets of Europe and the USA, not to mention in the developing world where divisions are extreme.

Education deserving the name should develop the autonomy of people, enlightening them as to how to make their own choices in a reasonable way and with knowledge of possible consequences. Obscurantist scriptures should be banned from schools, which would mean the exclusion of large parts of most of them.

Often, faith schools are popular with parents because they impose more discipline on pupils than secular schools, not least because of the absolutism of the moral codes enshrined in their religions (the Ten Commandments for example). Though often effective, this is absolutely not the best way to achieve integration of pupils into harmonious working groups and communities. Understanding, communication and help in socialization (through special needs assistance and counseling) is the way to go instead. But selection of pupils on religious and other (often bogus) criteria excludes the problem children and avoids the social problems that such schools should bear and face up to, rather than avoiding them. Since their chief aim is religious indoctrination, however, they manipulate so as to avoid those who will be ‘difficult’ and especially potentially critical children and parents.

One commentator (protogodzilla) wrote in the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/8204399/Faith-schools-are-a-beacon-of-excellence.html)
“I attended an RC school in London in the ‘fifties. We were indoctrinated into believing protestants were the spawn of the devil. When I mentioned to the priest that we were all Christians I was caned. We were brain washed into believing that our religion was the most important matter of our lives. I abandoned my religion on the day I left school – there was too much hatred in it for my taste. As a recipe for division, mankind has never devised a better stick than religion to destroy itself. Muslims hold to their brand of bigotry as savagely as the RCs of my youth. If there is a God would He/She be happy with this state of affairs? Faith schools segregate rather than integrate and should be outlawed to encourage social cohesion.”

On such a background one can understand the horrendous events that have terrorized Northern Ireland, and which are yet worse in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

See An Open Letter to the Followers of Sathya Sai Baba by Frank Morales, M.A. International Sanatana Dharma Society


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Avoidance of vital issues, like sex, AIDS by ‘Universal teacher’

Posted by robertpriddy on July 19, 2010

The taboo subject of ‘sex’
While promoting himself as the ‘Universal teacher; Sathya Sai Baba avoids the issue of human sexuality almost totally.  This is very revealing as no sensible advice is given by him on one of mankind’s most basic needs and drives – other than in a few words to preach chastity, also praising this as best within marriage. He has never discoursed on human sexuality. Nor does he answer any central questions which bear on sexuality. There is nothing whatever ‘spiritual’ about avoiding the issues connected with sexuality. The sexual impulse is the source of so many personal, social and other problems in the world, and is one which a liberated person should be able to address in an enlightening way, especially if that person were actually ‘omniscient’, which Sathya Sai Baba has repeatedly claimed he is in discourses and in countless statements in interviews.  Instead he occasional nearly broaches the issue by preaching monastic and sex-repressive ideals of a fundamentalist religious kind. This is more Catholic than any recent
Pope (misguided and obscurantist indoctrinators as they are), reminding more of an extreme hypocritical Victorianism.  All this is a parody  of spiritual guidance to mankind by this ‘Divine Know-all!

Satya Sai Baba’s secrecy and his attitude that strongly suggests guilt and shame feelings about sexuality means that questions about sex and important matters like birth control, condoms, AIDS, homosexuality and lesbianism and other sex-related issues are evidently far too sensitive for this widely accused homosexual abuser of young men and boys! By contrast, a far more enlightened educative approach towards unavoidable and irrepressible human sexuality has changed the world and is increasingly adopted is by a growing majority in most modern countries. The Sufi mystic and famous poet Rumi, to whom Sai Baba has referred as a spiritual saint, regarded sexual desires in youth as ‘letting one’s feathers grow out’, without which dangerous problems can be caused later. (The Essential Rumi, p. 64).

That Sai Baba cannot touch on sex discussion strongly suggests that his real views would awaken astonishment and would cause many to fall away from his movement and might also draw more attention to his own very widely testified sexual proclivities and preferences. He lists lust as one of the seven or cardinal sins, without explaining what kind of lust even, though he always claims to have no bodily desires.

Sathya Sai Baba talks about sexual desires to young men in secrecy the privacy of his inner ‘private’ interview room, admonishing them for contact with girls and masturbation . This is reportedly the introduction to oiling of their lower stomachs and genitals, and subsequently – according to numerous testimonies – to outright sexual advances and practices. Many factual and convincing accounts by a wide variety of young men indicate clearly that Sathya Sai Baba has tried to change them into homosexuals for his own gratification! It has also emerged that Sai Baba jokes with very close confidantes like Col. Joga Rao about sex, who was given to telling constant barrack room dirty stories, which I learned from V.K. Narasimhan who complained how he had to put up with them when forced to share a room with Joga Rao!

In India 2.3 million persons are known currently to be living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) which causes AIDS by damaging the immune system cells until the immune system can no longer fight off other infections that it would usually be able to prevent. It takes an average of 10 years to develop AIDS from HIV infection.  The shame attacked to this (and all sexual illnesses and to sexual deviance in Indian culture) means that the  hidden figure of AIDS and HIV sufferers may be considerably higher. The authorities in power, many of whom worship Sai Baba, long argued that it would be offensive to speak to people about sex and AIDS, condoms etc., but experience by independent organisations show this to be wrong. Many leaders still hold puritan and repressive views on sex, sex information and education and as a class the also remain out of touch with the population – their sufferings and needs – from whom the live as far as possible in physical and social isolation.


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Selfhood and self-confidence in Sai Baba’s teaching

Posted by robertpriddy on April 7, 2010

Self confidence versus denial of selfhood: Due to the use of a very ambiguous word – ‘ego’ – which is held in most Eastern-influenced ‘spiritual ways’  to be the cause of virtually all the ills of humankind, people subject themselves to doctrines which can only undermine true self-confidence. The human ego can refer to the what results from the development of an independent, secure and self-sufficient personality or contrariwise to the unmitigated selfishness of people who put their desires and interests before almost all else. True self-confidence belongs to the well-rounded and balanced personality or ego-identity and not at all to the selfish egomaniac. Preaching about the need to ‘kill the ego’ or ‘surrender of the self’ is well-known from many religious movements – due to the misunderstanding about what ‘ego’ means. If the word refers only to the possessive and self-seeking “me and mine” aspect of a person, to try to help people limit and contain this is acceptable. However, this goal is all too often connected to the subjugation of people under authoritarian gurus, church or other spiritual organizations and cults. One aim in preaching ‘surrender of the ego’ is the humbling of people – such as before a supposed perfect God, or – what is yet worse – ‘holy’ representatives of this or that deity in the form of gurus, swamis and priesthoods of all kinds. This submission to authority figures as superior figures is also a form of dependency – a ‘spiritual crutch’ – and involves the gradual loss of self-determination and a creeping inward self-depreciation or inferiority which are very difficult for its victims to recognise. It usually comes along with living mostly within a belief community or limited circle of more or less like-minded people, trying to follow strictly moralistic ideals and overly self-denying precepts.

“A particular form of seduction that the group participates in with those flirting with joining is similar to sexual conquest. The group pours an enormous amount of focused energy and attention into potential recruits until they surrender to the group’s authority, which of course has the guru and his belief system at its center. When someone does surrender, everyone celebrates the new bonding. This is a bit like a new marriage, and for the recruit, it is the honeymoon phase. This lasts as long as it does, and then the focus of the group shifts elsewhere. (This also happens in romantic love, for after the conquest the wooer’s interest and focus often move somewhere else.) When the honeymoon is over, the new converts must shift roles – from being the wooed to being the wooer.” (from ‘The Guru Papers’ by Joel Kramer and Diane Alstead  p.79)

Those who experience a conversion to a divinity, sect, doctrine, guru and so on often seem to get a surge of self-confidence, one which may last for years until the lifestyle and beliefs become habitual and worn. This is often seen in keen missionaries and promulgators of their faith. The apparent self-confidence is however based not least on the strength of belief in a kind of superiority derived from having joined the community of the saved, the holy, or perhaps the prospective saints. This is hardly the result of a secure and balanced personality, it is rather pseudo-self-confidence which is frequently recognisable in signs that it is an adopted role rather than an expression of genuine insight and knowledge. Such people usually come across as too over-emphatically convinced, too masterful, patronizing or otherwise semi-fanatical in their opinions and approaches to other people.

The monastic type of detachment from worldly things may be less troublesome to more elderly persons who have already lived themselves out in an engaged and active life in the world with broad experience, for they are often less affected by the desires and life-seeking tendencies that are only natural and indeed necessary to real health and personal security in younger persons. But for anyone whose life’s meridian is not well passed and who is not psychologically very robust, the Sathya Sai Baba doctrine will in most cases hinder personal growth (IF it is possible for one to adhere to it to any large extent). A main reason for this lies in the feeling of impotence instilled by Sathya Sai Baba’s constant talking-down of people as imperfect (sometimes he calls people worse than dogs, or cawing crows etc.)… and his corresponding admonitions to focus all ones thoughts and desires on him alone. He teaches that everything stems from him, the creator of the universe from whom only good things come! Yet he also says, conflicting as usual, “everything that happens comes from God”, think about that!. His insistence on the super-importance of concentration on repeating his name, inwardly worshipping his form (and his person in actual practice at endless darshan sessions etc.) works effectively as an opiate that dulls personal reflection and living self-awareness, which is the true basis of genuine self-confidence and personality growth.

Modern psychology has developed and tested against experience many conceptual devices for tracing the multiplicity of personality traits, the growth of the ego and the influences operative on emotional and mental conditions of all kinds.  Sai Baba hardly ever refers to any of these discoveries and is very evidently not conversant with their theories or terminologies.  Though claiming to be in complete touch with the psyche of anyone, knowing it in and out,  his discourses repeatedly demonstrate that he suffers from many of the most common fallacies about nature of the human mind and psyche,  and this shines through even his words have been heavily edited and sanitized as far as reasonable by editors who are rather more knowledgeable.

In brief,  one may say that his teachings on psychic development and spiritual behaviour rely wholly on Indian religious tradition and are primitively fundamentalist, set in black-and-white terms with an iconography and ideology of  ‘gods versus demons’, a world view applied ad lib to the present almost without nuance or proper factual basis.  He almost always speaks in the most sweeping terms and is prone to almost hair-raising over-generalisation about the nature of people, governments, world conditions and on any number of issues.  The degree of exaggeration and factual inaccuracy is quite extraordinary for a supposedly intelligent teacher!

Sathya Sai Baba’s recipe for  anti-living: I have shown something of how Sathya Sai Baba’s directions for living are so demandingly puritanical and unrealistically idealistic that most of his followers seem to end up living a virtual non-life.  There is much more in his recipe to break down not only the objectionable egoism of morally primitive persons, but the entire personality structure of a democratic and effective civil citizen. One can meet many such cases (especially foreigners) who reside at the ashrams but are doing no work, no ‘active service’. Often they are virtually just existing in limbo, coping only with the constant daily problems of subsistence there, and waiting for grace and blessings to fall into their laps. Some have said this to me quite openly!

If you manage to get rid of most or all of your personal desires,  as Sai Baba insists everyone should immediately or – failing that – as soon as possible, then existence loses much of its meaning (let alone charm) and the desire to live is itself seriously weakened in the process. It is hardly surprising that constant Sai devotees, esp. single foreign ladies at the ashram,  tend to be suicidal.   One such a suicide took place while we were visiting in 1990 (covered up by the PN officials immediately).This resulted in the ashram accommodation office not allowing any woman  to have an apartment on her own.  Various other suicides of disappointed devotees are documented elsewhere, including one involving most members of a large Indian family. There are numerous reports of suicides, of which not more than a handful have reached the press in any country. The ashram authorities enforce immediate damage limitation precautions as soon as anything untoward happens there and very short shrift is given to anyone who persists in inquiries. In this respect, the Sai Baba ashrams are indistinguishable from totalitarian mini-states.

One Sai Baba follower, Mr. Kanheia Jee , a retired Indian army major who had become more or less socially and mentally trapped for 30 years and more as Head of the Administration at Vidyagiri in Prashanti Nilayam together with his leading Seva Dal worker and wife (Mrs. Caveri),  put it very succinctly:  “If you try to do even half of what Baba says you should,  you’ll go stark raving mad!” Looked at in sane social terms, these attitudes develop the basis for despotism and repression,  ignorance and weakening of the individual human spirit to stand up for what is right and true.  There is no more ingenious way of taking away people’s freedom than teaching them that they cannot control their fates except by prayer to him,  that only God is free and decides all in his inscrutable way.  It is despicable!  Thus making people obey and censor themselves entirely so as to give up more and more autonomy and all normal rights,  while it works as the subtlest known means of gaining power, fame and wealth by Sai Baba and his men.

Manipulating vulnerable consciousness: Though his extremely puritan moralism and demands for massive self-denial, Sai Baba develops a ‘vulnerable consciousness’ in many people, particularly those who are vulnerable from before for reasons of repressive childhoods, social discrimination, personality problems etc. His doctrines lay much weight on ideas which are nothing short of self-destructive, though they go under the emotively acceptable label ‘removal or destruction of the ego’ . Even while he outwardly says some positive,  supportive things about how to relate to oneself,  they are mostly tied up with expectations of a (better)  life in the hereafter.  Meanwhile,  he asserts all kinds of things which mainly bring a person down, cause them to feel low self-esteem or reduced worth…  the typical self-denigration spread by all fundamentalist sin-oriented religion and sects.


Projecting one’s whole autonomy onto Sathya Sai Baba
…  the enthusiasm wears off after the famous ‘honeymoon‘ period is past. Such phenomena are well known…

See more on disempowerment in worshipping gurus and cult entrapment here:

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Britt Marie Andén’s Sai Baba school closed due to sex abuses

Posted by robertpriddy on March 19, 2010

HOW I CAME TO FIND OUT by Britt Marie Andén
former National President of the Sai Organization in Sweden

(see also Britt Marie’s letter to psychologist ex-follower Shirley Pike)

I am a Swedish woman born in 1946. I am a teacher in music, philosophy and meditation. I am also a mother of one daughter, born 1970, and two sons, born 1974 and 1982. They all have been in alternative schools. I have always been interested and engaged in philosophies and tools of alternative pedagogic. It is a deep routed concern in me, as an adult, to offer the younger generation alternatives

I have also been a serious devoted seeker of the meaning with human life and how to develop and manifest spirituality in daily life.

In January 1987 I together with my old mother (at that time 72 years old) travelled, for the first time in our lives to India, and visited Sai Baba’s ashrams in Whitefield and in Puttaparthi. It was a tremendous positive and miraculous experience for both of us. I bought and read lots of books about Sai Baba’s teaching and was completely positive. It was as a dream coming true to find a “Teacher of wisdom”, besides being an inspiring teacher of love to anyone from any culture or religion. He also in his teaching was giving the utmost attention to children, youth and schools in a way that was in harmony with my own inner.

In the ashram there was a drug-free environment attracting people, of matured age and of all professions, from the highest academically level to every kind of occupation in society, and from all different religions and cultures, from all different countries all over the world. There were schools and Universities recognised by the Indian government.

Back in Sweden in February 1987, after one-month stay in India I engaged myself in the Sai organisation and was introduced to the EHV- training-program to become an EHV teacher. The Scandinavian co-ordinator Thorbjörn Meyer (now the co-ordinator of the Northern Europe) was the initiator and as well the chairman of a training institute within the Sathya Sai organisation; European Sathya Sai Education (ESSE) institute (located in Copenhagen in Denmark). In the years to come I was in the ESSE institute trained as an EHV-teacher as well as a teacher-trainer.

In 1991 I was elected the national president/co-ordinator. I attended the same year an international conference in Prasanthi Nilayam for “office bearers” from overseas countries. I became familiar with the international leaders as well as co-ordinators of regions and countries worldwide. I learned to know many engaged “office bearers” from all over the world.

I became a popular lecturer about Sai Baba and his teachings and a meditation-supervisor, within the Sai organisation as well as being invited to other groups in society interested in Sai Baba. My whole engagement within the Sai organisation was of course because I honestly felt deeply inspired by Sai Baba and his teachings. The EHV-program was to me an ingenious way to a better school and a better society, everywhere.

The school-project

1993 I had come to a point in my life where I felt I should initiate a public school in Sweden, where meditation and philosophy were part of the curriculum and where the human creative abilities were nurtured in every day schoolwork. There had come a new Swedish curriculum, and new laws about free-schools that made me see an opening to put all my experience into a Swedish public school- project that could serve as one alternative model. Gimle Trust became established and the school-project just step by step progressed. To all involved I introduced the ides of implementing/integrating the EHV-program into the Swedish curriculum in this free-school project. I was very open about that Sai Baba was the founder of the EHV-program, to all instances, in all written information as well as verbally at introduction meetings. Not at all as a missionary of Sai Baba as the school as such had not the focus on Sai Baba. The focus was on universal Human Values and the EHV program that gave tools to implement them into daily life, within our own culture as well as being inspired from human values from other cultures.

.  It was a precondition from the Sathya Sai organisation, and also Sai Baba himself said so in a lecture I heard, to always use the name of Sai Baba, or Sathya Sai, in dealing with the EHV-program. To me this was as natural as to use the names Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner in using their pedagogic programs. I also wanted to be sure that no one later should say that we had been hiding the source of the EHV program in a purpose of “secretly draw people to Sai Baba”, or that we were a secret sect etc.

In “adopted” (by the Sai organisation) public schools, integrating the EHV-program, there was no special focus at Sai Baba as a person more than that he was the founder and a good example in living human values, as Jesus and as Mother Theresa and as Martin Luther King etc. But in schools within the legal body of the Sai organisation (as in India) there was a focus on Sai Baba as God incarnated. But Gimle Trust was its own legal body.

I was fully convinced that the EHV program and thus also Sai Baba would be more and more recognised all over the world in the years to come. This I also told to some local politicians and assured them that they would one day be vary proud of having in their community the first school in Sweden and one of the first in the western countries integrating the EHV program.

Gimle School did start in August 1995.During the years of preparation, establishment and development of this school (1994-99) I visited Sai Baba many times. My family-members also did, and so did many others who were “devoted” to Sai Baba and who supported the school-project. Even some parents and their children did. Most of the children and their families in the Gimle School had no relation to or special interest in Sai Baba, but there were those that came to the school just because they were “devotees” to or interested, and some became interested in Sai Baba.

There came visitors to Gimle School from all Sweden and from countries around the world. We became one model of a school that integrated, so deep wanted and so much needed, Human Values by the means of an international program. There were other schools and classes in other countries in other cultures working with the same EHV-program, but each school was it’s own unique model, due to the local culture and teacher’s capacity etc.

Sai Baba molesting boys and young men

There was one situation regarding Sai Baba that was not easy to deal with. A young man whom I knew in a private interview with Sai Baba had experienced something that he after a long time told. Sai Baba had “kissed him on his mouth”, and asked him to take his pants off and “oiled him with some oil close to or on his genitals”. A thought of “ugly old man” (there is a special wording in Swedish “ful gubbe” that translated can be described so) came to the young man’s mind, but as it “couldn’t possibly be so” he surrendered as he already had accepted Sai Baba as a “Divine incarnation” and his Master and spiritual teacher (guru). Sai Baba told him not to tell to anyone what happened. (After a year or so he did anyway).

In July 1999 a Swedish young man in a state of shock and despair confided to me very detailed about how Sai Baba had sexually molested him. When investigating this situation further I found out that not only young men but also boys, from India as well as other countries around the world, were victims of a shocking sexual molesting scenario of Sai Baba. Also that this has regularly, and for most followers secretly, been going on for 30 years or more. Even more shocking was the discovery that many officers within the Sai organisation as well as elderly devotees, who had and have close association with Sai Baba, knew about this scenario. They kept the secret and proclaim it to be an act of blessing to the “victims”, because considering that Sai Baba is the pure Divine Incarnation who cannot do anything wrong and thus is doing well whatever he is doing. In this case obviously even what for ordinary men illegal.

The Young man had prior to this incident prayed for help to control his passionate sexuality, which he felt, trapped him in an impossible relationship. He felt that he got that help out of this “ceremony” from Sai Baba. But he expressed, when he told the story, confusion about that Sai Baba had kissed him on his mouth. None of us who later listened to his story, could out from our experiences with Sai Baba, even get an idea that it was anything else but some healing or sexual or kundalini transformation behind this happening.

Our local priest from the Christian Protestant church, a very fundamentalistic priest attacked very heavily our school-project during the preparation period in 1994, because of Sai Baba and of being a potential dangerous Hindu sect. He showed me a document he had received from Germany, telling that Sai Baba was a homosexual and having sex with boys, which I saw as black mailing from the Christian Church. Sai Baba never talked about himself being either heterosexual or homosexual but as I had understood being in a state  above any sexual desires.

I talked about this to the co-ordinator for the Northern Europe region within the Sai-organisation, an elderly German man (over 70) with the name Bernhard Gruber. He told me that he had heard about this with young men before and that some of the officers within the Sai-organisation had many years ago asked an American devotee (for all Sai Baba devotees very well known, but since some years not more in life), Dr. Hislop to ask Sai Baba about this activity. So he did and Sai Baba had answered “it is only for healing”.

When I heard this I found it very difficult that “healing” in such a way needed to happen. And I understood it as even Mr Gruber felt so. I had no slightest doubts whatsoever that it was otherwise than that Sai Baba had a spiritual motive of healing/transformation. I was not even taking into consideration that Sai Baba could have anything but a healing motive. I would never in my life have been able to imagine that people like Berhard Gruber and also his wife would accept, ignore or justify such sexual abuse that is known to me today if they had known. I hope for their sake they did not know.

Another Swedish man around 50 years old, to me very trustworthy and very devoted to Sai Baba since about 20 years back, told me when I talked to him about this situation, that it happened to him when he was young (around 30) that Sai Baba oiled his genitals as well. The man told it to be some help for the Kundalini.

Next time I heard a similar story was later, in 1996 with my eldest son, at that time 22 (shortly explained in the beginning of this letter). He got a private interview with Sai Baba. He thought that he should now get the grace of really asking serious spiritual enlightening questions. But Sai Baba started to kiss him on his mouth. My son immediately reacted negatively and asked what he was doing. Sai Baba ended the interview very fast without any spiritual dialogue.

My son was very confused and shocked about this happening, but he had had so much of enlightened feelings and experiences since many years up to this moment, so he had no idea that Sai Baba did so out of any sexual desire. But he wanted to understand what had happened and why and therefore tried to talk about it to many elder experienced men in the ashram, but no one answered him. When back home a couple of months after the incident my son told about it. My son also had an instant feeling of “ugly old man”. And he felt an inner protest, and got the feeling of losing his divine inner contact at the moment Sai Baba approached him as described. We were all absolutely sure that Sai Baba meant something spiritually positive which we could not understand, as we all out from other experiences accepted him as a “divine incarnation and our pure guru”.

In the summer 1997 at the a youth-conference in Puttaparthi where some of the youth living in our Sai community attended, amongst them my son in law as well as my eldest son. My son told me afterwards that one young man, the son of a very devoted family (since 20 to 30 years I think) from the US, was lucky to get ten private interviews. My son mentioned that he noticed that this young man did not look happy when he came out from the interviews, and was wondering why. We never talked about this anymore besides that I heard him mention this at some other times when talking about Sai Baba and interviews.In the end of 1999 it was discovered that this young man had been seriously molested since he was 15 until now, 21, without his parents getting to know as Sai Baba threatened the boy not to tell. But suddenly it became too much and the young man told his parents and the shocking situation was exposed. The family of course immediately left their “guru” and their posts and engagements in the Sai organisation and the EHV program. I have had personal contact with this family, before as well as after this situation was unveiled.

A victim

Now to the story of the Swedish young man mentioned in the beginning of this letter, which became to be a crucial point in my own life and many other Swedish followers of Sai Baba. This story he himself, at that time 21, told me in July 99. (Let us call him X, as he wants to be anonymous):

X was in Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi during Christmas 98 and January 99. (I was myself present in the ashram in January where I for the first time met X). He had as I remember eight interviews, some before I arrived and some while I was present in the ashram. All the Swedish talked about “the golden boy” who had so many interviews. As I remember, four of his interviews were together with a Swedish group. As there were many Swedish people present, they were in two groups. (When I came with Conny Larsson and a group we became a third group). In the same group as X was also, at that time (and still I think), the national co-ordinator/Chairman of the Swedish Sathya Sai organisation (Jörgen Mölgaard), who is a middle-age medical doctor and researcher. He was in the ashram for some months at that time. Also there for a long stay was a former national Chairman (Ulf Sviberg), he too in the middle age. (I was myself the national Chairman for four years in between these two men).

X told me that in all the interviews in Dec.-Jan.  X was called into the inner room with Sai Baba alone. EVERY time Sai Baba was doing something with X’s penis; touching, oiling, rubbing etc and telling X it was for his sexual transformation. Sai Baba told X not to tell anyone. Sai Baba also told him that no one in the group “out there” (in the other room) deserved an interview but got it only because of X, and at some interviews also X’s brother, who was in the ashram for a short time. Only X was alone with Sai Baba in the inner room though.

X felt very uncomfortable with the situation, but also filled up with all energy of getting so much attention and being chosen out of the many. He received a lot of materialised objects, watch, rings, nucleus, japamalas etc. He also was enriched by the atmosphere and the talks and jokes from Sai Baba in the outer interview room. X told me that when all the other Swedish people were telling him how lucky he was to get all these private interviews and obviously thought that X had private spiritual talks with Sai Baba, he couldn’t tell them that these private interviews were nothing to aim for, as it for him created only confusion about what it was for and when it should end. Every time X felt protests from within, and asked Sai Baba what this was for, but Sai Baba told him to surrender as it was for his sexual transformation and that X was very blessed, chosen out of so many who would want to be the ones. As X at that time could not in any way even think that Sai Baba had a personal interest in a sexual activity, even though X felt inside a protest, he did trust Sai Baba and just wanted to understand the situation.

Sai Baba invited X to come to Kodaikanal in summer for to stay in his private house and also told X to bring his mother. Sai Baba gave X money in rupees and dollars to the amount of about 10.000 Swedish crones (about 1000 Dollars) to finance the ticket to come back to India.

Even though Sai Baba told X not to tell anyone about what happened in the interviews, but as X felt more and more confused about what the “Avatar” was doing in privacy with him, he decided to go and talk to the two elder, since long time devoted and experienced Swedish men, the present national Chairman as well as the former. He felt the inner need to understand what was happening and why. The two Swedish men said they had never heard anything like this, but told the young X that he was very blessed and that it all was a tremendous grace. X told me he that he after this talk was crying.

ll this happened in Dec.-Jan- 98,99. I never talked to X personally at that time, not until July 99.

My friend Conny Larsson though started to talk to X in January. Conny told me that Sai Baba did the same procedure to X as was done to himself many years ago, some kind of oiling of the genitals. This was the first time that Conny told me that this had happened to him. He had told me many years ago, when I first got to know him (1989 I think), that some “secret ceremony” had happened between him and Sai Baba many years ago, which Conny explained was some kind of very special initiation that somehow sealed Conny to Sai Baba and not to have a woman throughout his life. Conny never talked to me about this again until now in the ashram in January 1999.

In June 1999 X was back in the ashram in Puttaparthi. It was summer (in Sweden). Sai Baba had told X to come in summer to Kodaikanal, but Sai Baba was in Brindhavan, Whitefield, in June. X travelled this time with his elder brother, Conny and a group around them. X’s mother had been invited by X to come and had agreed to do so but a couple of weeks later, and for one week stay only.  I myself came to the ashram some days after X and Conny and their group, to join some other close friends of mine who also were there, and we created a Swedish group all together. After just a couple of days we had an interview. Sai Baba talked very much, in front of the whole group, about that the mother of X and his brother should come, and that he, Sai Baba, should take very well care of her. X was called in alone to the inner room, so was also another young man, and so was I. X did not tell the group about what happened in this private interview.

I was away from the ashram for some days visiting a Swedish friend living further south in India. When back I heard that X and his brother had “been granted” another interview, without the group. (Their mother had not yet arrived but would come within some days). Conny told me that in this last interview of the two brothers, Sai Baba had forced himself sexually on X, so that X had had to stop him. Now Conny started to say that Sai Baba had own sexual interest and that he (Conny) himself had experienced this in the early 80th, therefore he knew that X told the truth, he said. I listened, but I could not believe him, as he had never before told this.

Another Swedish man around 50 (let us call him W), became involved in this communication with Conny. W did definitely not believe that it could be so. Conny told him to talk to X, even though X had told Conny in privacy only, as Sai Baba had told X not to tell anyone. So W did, and even if X was confused by Conny having spoken without first asking him, he told his story and W was shocked and in despair by what he got to hear. He shared his despair with me. He had been with Sai Baba for many many years.

The mother of X was about to come the same day as W was supposed to leave. That day X and his brother went to Bangalore to meet their mother and were not present at morning darshan. Conny had said to W that we could not expect any interview when X and his brother were not present, as Sai Baba was only interested in the “boys”. W was in deep despair, very unhappy and confused about what he had heard from Conny and X and wanted to talk to Sai Baba. He wanted an explanation.

Surprisingly Sai Baba called the group for interview this morning. We all sat waiting on the veranda of the mandir (the temple) as is normal when being called for an interview. When Sai Baba came to the veranda to take us into the interview-room, he asked Conny: “Where are the two boys”?   (I saw and heard this as I was sitting on the veranda in the first row of the group of women opposite within just a few meters distance to Conny). “In Bangalore to pick up their mother”, Conny answered. Sai Baba looked very surprised and asked again and got the same answer. As I remember Sai Baba asked when they would come back and was told “tonight”. Sai Baba told all of us to go back from the veranda and said, “I will see you tomorrow”, which meant no interview now but the next day.

W went back to Sweden, very confused.  The “boys”, X 21, and his some years elder brother, arrived in the evening with their mother. She told very kindly but very clearly to the whole group that she came because her son X so wanted and that she had no personal interest in Sai Baba.

Next day, two days after our “visit” at the veranda, we were again called for an interview. “The mother” was sitting next to me just in front of the feet of Sai Baba in the interview room. Sai Baba materialised her a necklace. She refused to take it. Sai Baba forced it into her hand. She tried to refuse to take it, but he managed to get it to stay in her hand. Sai Baba tried to talk her into an interest in him, but she was very clear about that she had no personal interest.

Sai Baba talked to the others in the group, and called also to separate interviews in the inner room. X and his mother were called alone. The mother had given back the necklace Sai Baba had forced into her hand. He not at all impressed her. She also said to me that she noticed that he likes young boys. He is clutching young boys on their bottoms, she said, and added that of course he likes her son X, as he was a very good looking and bright young man. “The mother“ stayed for a week. I never heard her talking about the genuineness or not of the by Sai Baba materialised objects (as was mentioned in an article in a Swedish magazine).

A talk amongst us who had been with Sai Baba since long though started. We found out that many of us had at some situations seen that he took things from the chair or had it in his hand before he “materialised” it. All of us had had the thought that he did so sometimes only to test our faith. We all started to confront that the materialisations were not always genuine. I never though doubted him to have the power of materialising, but I did not like him to not tell the truth, and did not know how to deal with these untruths in my own inner.

In darshan Sai Baba told X: “Mother doesn’t like, what can I do?” There were no more interviews. The mother went back home. Most of the members of our group, including Conny, also left the ashram after some days for going back home. I together with X was booked at the same flight home a week later. I noticed that X looked more and more “down” every day. Sai Baba gave almost no more attention to him, just some short remarks during darshans. I had still not talked to X about his interviews.

A female friend of mine that since long time lived in Puttaparthi, also noticed that X became more and more unhappy and we talked about it. She was an old friend of Conny and they also talked a lot about the situation before Conny left. From her I now got to know that she did know that Sai Baba had some sexual intimacy with school ”boys” and other young men. She got me to observe that some young man (or elder boy) almost every darshan was invited for an interview. Very often the same one many days in a row. She even told me that some young men or elder boys are with him during nights, sleeping in his bed. She also told that she once in an interview had looked in behind the curtain into the inner interview-room, when Sai Baba was alone with a young man, or student, and she saw them lying on the floor together. And she told me that she had heard that Sai Baba used to pay boys money for being sexually intimate with him. She had even herself talked to some young Indian boy who was a “lover” to Sai Baba.

I also got to hear in the ashram that David Bailey and his wife Faye, both whom I had met many times and talked to and knew their devotion and loyalty to Sai Baba, had left because they had got to know about these sexual activity of Sai Baba. I had earlier during this visit in the ashram heard that they had left Sai Baba, which I couldn’t understand, as I knew their many years of complete devotion and engagement in the ashram and about David as a music-teacher for Sai Baba’s students. I also got to hear that two French young men had been murdered on their way from Puttaparthi to Bangalore and that they had experienced or understood about this hidden sexual abuse and were on their way to report home in France.

Still I could not get into my understanding that Sai Baba had some own physical sexual uncontrolled inclination. So many times I had listened to him in interviews telling “Before marriage only friends, after marriage husband and wife”. So much he had talked about discipline of senses and actually inspired me and my whole family, and others. We all accepted Sai Baba as the outmost good example, absolutely free from any sense or body desires of the kind, a Divine Incarnation, as he told himself to be. Even though my own son after being kissed on his mouth by Sai Baba in a private interview, never had come to a peaceful understanding about this moment, and could not see or feel anything Divine in this confrontation with Sai Baba, I and even my son himself, had surrendered to that it must be of a Divine purpose that we could not yet understand.

The turning point

The 3rd of July, in the afternoon, X and I took a taxi from Puttaparthi to Bangalore to take our flight back home to Sweden. Already in the taxi X started to tell me.

X told that Sai Baba had lost himself in sexual feelings and with loud passionate breathings mumbling “I’m coming I’m coming. And when Sai Baba after having “ordered” X to do padanamaskar (a tradition of kissing the feet of the master), he took X’s head on his way to rise up from the feet, and pressed his head towards his own genitals holding up his robe (dress) and obviously wanted and tried to force X to take his own (Sai Baba’s) penis into his mouth. There in the very moment X woke up to the absolutely conviction that this was not for X but for Sai Baba himself. X refused completely. Sai Baba got angry and the interview ended.

Even though X was in a state of shock after this interview, he as I understood it somehow wanted an explanation from Sai Baba about what had happened. But there ended the “romance “between Sai Baba and X. After having listened to X for hours during our journey home to Sweden, I invited him to come and stay with me and my son and his family if he felt he needed. So he did for the first week back in Sweden and here follows what I got to hear more than what already is told above.

X had no at all attention from Sai Baba, when he was alone with him in the private interviews, other than towards his genitals. Sai Baba touched, looked, rubbed, oiled and “played”. He tried to stimulate X’s penis to erect, but it was not so easy as X felt no natural sexual stimulants or desire regarding Sai Baba who said it was for X’s sexual transformation and urged him to just let go resistance as he, Sai Baba, was God. Even though X felt a resistance all the time he thought he had to overcome it for the sexual transformation to happen. Sometimes X got the thought that Sai Baba looked like a mad person when he laughed when “playing” with X’s penis. But he suppressed such thoughts.

X told that in Dec.-Jan. when he had the many interviews he felt very “Divine empowered” by the first part of the interviews, in the outer room, where he also got a lot of attention. And even though he disliked the private part of the interviews he still felt empowered after the interviews to begin with. But he also got more and more confused about this sexual transformation part.

But the whole situation was so much more than just what actually happened in the outer. X told me during many hours again and again and deeper and deeper, his feelings. Not only the feelings he had in the interviews and in between, but also now when he understood that his feelings of resistance were right and not to overcome to get transformed. He felt he had the duty to inform about the true story to all he knew that were connected to Sai Baba and to the world. At the same time as he knew he should break the light and hope for so many people by telling his experiences. He felt it was a far too big responsibility for a young man seeking God and having trusted in the Divinity of Sai Baba.

What touched my heart most when listening was when I saw how X worked with his own inner to overcome his kind of “shame or embarrassment” towards himself of having been so deeply lurked and overpowered that it could happen even though he felt resistance from his own inner truth. I became more than ever aware of how dependent the young ones are on the elder ones. Now X also had found on the Internet similar stories as his own, and even worse. It became so obvious to X that his own inner rejections had been correct from the very beginning and that many young men before him had been victims and exposed their stories. It was obvious to me that it was very painful for X to find out of having been so ignorant about his own inner truth and so much in trust towards someone who was a profound betrayer of chastity.

How should a boy or a young man, or their parents, be able to imagine that Sai Baba, the recognised Founder of the, in schools and Universities, even outside India, so well established and by governments accepted, Education in Human Values program, even recognised by the President of India and UNESCO, a program that proclaims as the foremost duty of any teacher or adult is to be a good example to the young ones, that this founder would sexually molest young men and even boys as young as seven years old. (This was a misunderstanding that spread, the boy involved was instead a ‘seventh grade’ student – that is, still underage but about 14 years old) In a lecture Sai Baba held many years ago regarding EHV and youth, which I found in a small booklet, he is quoting somebody’s statement saying that what is most difficult for the teenagers of today is to become good examples when they have none. To teach by being a good example to the young ones was the key-point in this speech, aimed at adults, especially parents and absolutely especially teachers.

Nor X, nor myself and many decent people around the world, could ever imagine that such a situation as now begun to expose it existed. And I am sure even X, could not a slightest fraction of a second at that time imagine that many many of the ones so called experienced “devotees” around Sai Baba, to whom X thought he had the responsibility to inform about what he had come to know, already knew, many since 20-30 years, that so happened to many young men and boys, but accepted it as divine grace!?!? And by that let it happen!?!?

I cannot see anyone that has more power than the United Nations and UNESCO to protect and re-establish the dignity of the boys and young men that are or ever were victims, and make sure that this never happens to anyone more, now when it, thanks to the young ones that dared to speak out has started to be spread all over the world.

UNESCO has started by the “withdrawal-message”. But the activity of Sai Baba is still going on, supported by thousands of officials within the Sai organisation and other “devotees” by either not knowing or denying it as rumours or accepting it as blessing and grace, or just awaiting an acceptable explanation. Many young ones are surely suffering in their silence, not feeling or knowing that they can speak up and be trusted and supported by elders..

X had been very actively coming to the Sai organisation’s activities in Sweden and was supposed to become a youth co-ordinator for the west-coast area. Most of the members in Sweden knew him, especially as he was the one in Sweden that got most attention from Sai Baba and most private interviews since many many years. X felt now a duty to inform the co-ordinating committee and all members in Sweden about his situation. A meeting with the co-ordinating committee and members was arranged, by the national chairman, Jörgen Mölgaard. X was present and so were Conny Larsson and my son, telling their experiences.

After the meeting X and my son told me that the national chairman was smiling scornfully when they told their stories. They said that if only met with such an attitude when approaching an elder person about an experience as this, could bring a young man to suicide. Other members met them seriously and many left immediately the Sai organisation and their faith in and association with Sai Baba. Some had already, after being in contact with X and David Bailey officially cancelled their memberships.


The UNESCO Media Advisory against Sai Baba are stored on the internet wayback archive, (but when the site is busy it can sometimes take some time to open)

http://web.archive.org/web/20031003020809/http://www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20001207234100/www.unescobkk.org/news/aceid-withdrawal.htm

The wayback page which links to the above is at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http:/www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm

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Creative thinking and living

Posted by robertpriddy on August 8, 2009

It is held by some that a persons’ minds and attitudes reflect the environment in which they are brought up and live. That is no doubt true of many who have not yet developed due to lack of education (or mal-education) and the means to enlighten themselves through travel or experience, and of those who remain in a narrow social setting (such as a sect or cult). However, as soon as a person has some wider life and reaches a certain level of maturity, the mind-set will have developed in at least some unique ways, to whatever degree and whether for better or worse. A mind that largely reflects its social surroundings like some kind of mirror – a conventional, passive receptor of what others think or do – is still under the sway of the herd. People who join religious sects and cults can often relinquish their own understanding in favour of faith in some other-worldly belief system that taught by a guru. They risk the complete surrender of their minds and lives to their guru. Take as a telling example, what is required by the ‘teaching’ of Sathya Sai Baba as analysed in many of the previous blogs on this site. This limits their creativity greatly, as is seen in their parrot-like writings and speeches where no new ideas or anything outside the scope of Sai Baba’s endorsed ideas occurs.

Lack of creativity is associated with narrow, unimaginative thinking and hence with provincialism, both literal and figurative, whereas ‘travel broadens the mind’. The person who has changed environments, lived in at least two different societies (or within it in different social classes and sub-cultures) has looked over the proverbial fence. This helps develop less one-sided attitudes and leads to more nuanced and inclusive thinking than that of those who stick at home. In former times, the practice of making pilgrimages was a wise expedient against local and national chauvinism, helping a person’s horizons to expand. This is almost a prerequisite of creativity nowadays… to have a sense of the multicultural world. Of course, to travel in itself is no solution, for the gaping tourist can be its end product. Yet even to gape can be better than being a know-all whose mind is made up in advance.

Any healthy person’s mind is a self-adjusting system that naturally develops more complexity. This is the key to personal development and a prerequisite of individual autonomy. It gradually rejects wrong information and discredits incorrect ideas through two processes. Ideas about the world or universe we live in are adjusted according to experiences or ‘feedback from the environment’. Ideas about the cosmos that we are partakers in, which thus obviously includes ideas about ourselves, are corrected according to reflection and intuition… in short, the mind feeding upon the ‘inner source’ of its own inspiration. In both cases, the progressive rejection of false ideas is a prerequisite of ‘creative’ thinking. Often the major creative step takes place with the removal of untrue ideas in the form of false impressions, wrong judgments, misinterpretations – which have entered the mind through a poor environment, unquestioning traditional acceptance, incorrect training, wrong education and so forth.

The combination of these two processes of outward and inward observation respectively to develop knowledge and insight produces the development of the intelligence and the growth of understanding. The one does not work well for growth without the other. Too much inward observation (reflection, meditation creative fantasy) makes one vulnerable to ideas, ideologies and systems of thought or religion which are over-speculative and unreliable for life guidance unless constantly informed – and preferably overshadowed – by investigation of the basis of one’s ideas in the real world. This combination results in more realistic and hence lasting creativity.

See further on this general theme Self-awareness in psychological understanding

and Origin and Nature of the Human Mind

and The Human Faculty of Understanding

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Love and Light – Sathya Sai Organization UK & Leicester Sai school

Posted by robertpriddy on July 6, 2009

Indian Sathya Sai Baba sectarian school

A comment was made to this blog as follows:- “The headteacher is accused of bullying, emotional abuse, physical punishment of children. Parents complained to the social services who conducted an inquiry which proved true.”  … “The top officials at Puttaparthy etc. are busy protecting their names and the headteacher’s. This is a shame that this is happening in a school having sai baba name attached to it.” by Smith Rajeshwar , who is an accountant in London who studied at University of Cambridge. The head teacher is Mrs. Usha Lim and her husband, Cheng Hoe Lim, is accused of sexual advances to a female college staff member (half his age). These persons are supported by the Director of the school, Dr. Majmudar, who works for a cover-up of everything along with Sai Baba officials wherever support is forthcoming.

In his most recent blog (September 4), Barry Pittard writes on allegations from parents and others at the Leicester (UK) Sathya Sai School of the principal’s bullying of children and of her husband’s sexual harassing a female teacher. He notes:-

 “Among the difficulties the Leicester community faces (where many people of Indian birth or extraction live) is that discussion about child abuse is profoundly taboo among a great many Indians. Nonetheless, they live in a far more democratic society than India, and need, like anyone else in the community at large, to become conscious of, and to obey, British laws. Unless we protect children, how can any of us say that we truly love and responsibly care for them? … At the highest level, the Sathya Sai cult have a long track record of rather Soviet-style intervention and cover up of scandals … If there is cover up of crimes and unprofessional behavior, citizens must act. In democratic jurisdictions throughout the world, there are strict laws about mandatory reporting in professions of suspected child abuse” “Parents at the Leicester Sai School are deeply concerned that Dr. Michael Goldstein and the Puttaparthi authorities now, in an urgent attempt to cover up the allegations, intimidate people and, in other cases, mollify and co-opt.”  “In fact, the BBC, which spent months of exhaustive investigation, unearthed yet more compelling cases even than the many which we had painstakingly, and from many countries, documented from 1999. (See here for transcript and short BBC video clip)”.”

Read about the unprofessional standards promoted by Dr Madhavi Majmudar at Leicester Sai School. Also see her correspondence with a critic in which she demonstrates her rigid cult discipleship and rejection of modern pedagogyThe methods, nature and standards of education on which Sai schools model themselves are set in Puttaparthi and Brindavan by the Sathya Sai education institutions. Unfortunately these are appallingly traditional in outlook with out-dated rules, moral preaching and rote learning without investigative freedom or individual uncensored research. Testimony by an ex-Sai University student shows just how the system works -see  ‘Life at Sathya Sai University’ by Kartik Vaddadi Read about the cover-up of sexual abuses by the deeply indoctrinated Dr. Michael Goldstein.

The UK Sathya Sai Organization has purchased a large building in Leicester – the city in England with most India immigrants – for the purpose of a sectarian private school, doubtless to be attended mainly by Indians and especially children from Sathya Sai devotee families. Originally, the Sathya Sai Organization in UK had as Presidents non-Indian devotees of Sai Baba. Since 2000, when the last non-Indian Central Coordinator there was sacked by the International Chairman,  Indians have taken over most of the leadership positions. This occurred gradually after a long and bitter struggle between ethnic Indians and their supposed ‘brothers and sisters’ of non-Indian background. Due to the widespread scandals about Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged male sexual abuses of young men and boys, plus other matters that have come to light (not least in the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’), the organization has lost a large number of ethnic British participants.  One of the directors on the board of the Sathya Sai School of Leciester is Dr. M. Majumudar, an Indian lady whose pedagogical standards are far below the UK norm, according to her own published articles. She refused to investigate the many sex abuse allegations by foreign devotees and students of Sathya Sai Baba, and now I understand she is defending the cover-up of a sex abuse case against a child by the instructor in Physical Education, which has reportedly been confirmed.

Though most Sai followers I have known (very many) have good intentions and are willing to partake in voluntary work etc., the remaining Sai Baba devotees today are kept as far as possible in the dark about the facts surrounding Sai Baba’s many nefarious activities and preposterous statements and deceptions (including fraudulent ‘materializations’ as caught on videos). Those who know more or less about the situation are in psychological denial, after worshipping this self-proclaimed God Incarnate for many years and investing all their prestige and energies in it. Under the National SSE Coordinator, Lakshmi Puvanendam, they persist with this education system which, because of its narrow sectarian basis, is doomed to eventually failure in the UK, especially after Sai Baba’s death, when the factions will fight for power and wealth in what remains of this personality cult, which they so far can only do in clandestine fashion.

The inherent ideological failings of Sai doctrinal educational notions is not least in its excluding such values as justice, social equality, human rights, democracy, women’s rights and open-ended fact-based research. The main lines on education in the Sai Baba movement’s ideas and plans concerning education concentrate on the inculcation of values Sathya Sai Baba teaches, which leads to a cultural vacuum for non-devotees by excluding most of the Western educational heritage. Read more here

Grandiose plans by official Sai leaders failed mainly due to widely made allegations of sex abuses by Sai Baba (eg. the Gothenberg Sai school, the Copenhagen Sai College, an UNESCO conference, Italian Education in Human Values, and diverse other such undertakings). I investigated the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values in various European countries, including the UK (in 1987). What I discovered was a mere façade to convince the public that it was a success, which is certainly as not (see here). This is typical of the ‘double-accounting’ in Sai Organization circles.

The Sathya Sai Organization’s efforts, having ailed to attract clients to EHV except on a shoestring basis, it was decided on a new name ‘Sai Educare’. This introduced a more ambitious plan to establish Sai ‘faith’ schools and colleges in a traditional way – private education. The agenda is to sneak doctrinaire education back into societies where liberal education has become the norm… underd the pretect that a sound moral training in ‘human values’ is the backbone of the system, along with belief in Sathya Sai Baba as omniscient, omnipotent God Incarnate in this age.

The Sai teaching’s shortage of universal educational concepts and contents: Most of the hindrances in the Sathya Sai Organization to developing a healthy teaching environment were and still are doctrinally based on the highly conservative and traditional religious culture expressed by Sai Baba.The Sai doctrine quite purposely and explicitly ignores the rich scientific and humanistic culture of the world as virtually irrelevant to the spiritual life or value education.

The Shadow of Pederasty over the Preceptor: It is openly admitted by many leading the ‘Educare programme’ to perform unasked for and unwanted molestations of the genitalia of young men, oiling and rubbing them, is a shocking fact. Such handling of genitalia without prior agreement even by a doctor – is an offence under the law. This was only admitted after many years of keeping it a secret by leaders of the Sathya Sai Organisation. (eg. European Central Coordinator, Mr. Thorbjørn Meyer, explicitly supported this form of molestation of young men and minors on suspect esoteric grounds).

In September 2000, UNESCO had  arranged to partake officially in an Educational Conference in his ashram, but – after they investigated the sexual abuse allegations against him by contacting some of the survivors – they withdrew form all further contact, posting a warning on their website (here). No more! Since UNESCO investigated the sexual abuse allegations by contacting victims and withdrew from the much-vaunted Sai Baba educational conference, no United Nations organization has had anything to do with him, despite major and signally unsuccessful efforts by his representatives in the Indian government and among mega-rich and/or influential supporters in the USA (eg. Dr. Michael Goldstein, Dr. William Harvey etc.).

Sathya Sai Baba turned very nasty and unloving: In 2000, on Christmas Day, Sathya Sai Baba (who has been feted as ‘The Embodiment of Love’) denounced the many young men who accused him of sexual abuse of them in the privacy of his inner interview room. He beat the lectern in his “holy temple” while holding forth and calling them liars paid to lie (itself a black lie!). He has the effrontery to repeatedly tell everyone that he is nothing but pure love, not an unkind thought for anyone, as he did again in 2002: “There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” (Sanathana Sarathi September 2002, page 257f).

See for further background to this school’s origins:-https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/dr-michael-goldstein-self-important-fantasist-deceiver-of-self-and-others/

Phyllis Krystal seminar – see here

See also – Sai Educare’s fundamentalistic, doctrinaire teachings


PLEASE SEE THE SAI PETITION – though Sai Baba is deceased and can no longer be brought to legal trial, you may make your standpoint known by signing and perhaps make a comment there. Full name is required, but your IP or e-mail details will NOT be revealed. Please note: It may take some time for your entry to appear. You can see a selected list of prominent signers of the Petition here.

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Sathya Sai Baba Human Values – EHV and Educare

Posted by robertpriddy on February 16, 2009

Despite it educational shortcomings, Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) is based on quite acceptable ideas of truthfulness, non-violence, peace, love and virtuous action. Unfortunately, the way these are defined has been ‘set in stone’ as the ‘eternally divine wisdom’ of the self-proclaimed creator of humanity and everything else. Adherents of this doctrinal system are no doubt well-meaning but as devotees of Sai Baba aiming to be voluntary child educators they are almost entirely unqualified, only relatively very few even being school teachers. No feedback, no comments to change the fundamental doctrine (however constructive) are acceptable to the authoritarian leadership, the structure of whose organization is entirely top-down and (allegedly) depends on the word of Sathya Sai Baba for every important decision.

Censorship replaces any attempt at interactive dialogue or introduction of the views of the world of professional educationalists, researchers in pedagogy and other well-established science dealing with children and their development. This is basically a religious teaching, based on Sathya Sai Baba’s rejection of various secular educational value orientations, such as human and women’s rights, human justice, democracy and social equality. . . these are also “human” values, not “divinely-ordained human values” (an oxymoron!) of their guru-God, held also to be the essence of all religions (i.e. religious and not secular values!). Though the values which are held by human beings have common features, they are nonetheless very diverse and changing in many ways. No teaching based on a set of chosen values which cannot be modified or disputed can reasonably be considered to be dealing with genuine human values. The subject of sex education or sexuality is taboo in EHV, which has an old-fashioned puritan agenda. The child abuse and sexual accusations against Sathya Sai Baba make the subject yet more avoidable.

The Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) staff in all countries are totally impervious to any serious outside comment – other than praise. They  ignore educationally qualified critics and ostracise them if their views diverge from the accepted dogmas of SSEHV, because they are then condemned as non-believers in the guru God, Sathya Sai Baba. SSEHV does NOT promote only universal spirituality, as is claimed, but promotes the personality cult of Sathya Sai Baba, as will be shown in extenso in later postings. Meanwhile, see image here.

This is all cult-related 'education'

This is all cult-related ‘education’

Such an isolated system of teaching is a potential danger to citizens everywhere, not least to child development. The developmental aspect of a human being, especially a child, is not advanced by unresearched, uncertain methods of education by amateur volunteers whose minds are ideologically controlled in a personality cult.

Sathya Sai Baba’s EHV is still quite popular as a method of teaching in under-developed countries (especially India and in countries where there is a large Indian diaspora). However, it is all too vague as a doctrine,  and asserts the divine nature of the values as eternally unchanging verities, instituted by God (like Plato’s values as ‘immutable perfect forms’). The inclusion of the word ‘human’ by Sai Baba is no doubt for the sake of gaining wider publicity for his ideas. Yet the values he promotes are put entirely beyond any open discussion, seeing they are claimed not to depend for their existence even on human beings, but solely on God (who Sai Baba claims he is). This amounts to a conflation of two meanings of ‘human values’– where the word ‘human’ is reinterpreted as meaning ‘actually God, but unaware of this indwelling divinity’.  Making these values seem ‘human’ on origin is the doctrine ‘everyone is God’. This pantheistic appeal is circular and thus entirely untenable. EHV and its so-called ‘Educare’ system amount to a rigid indoctrination which allows of no critical thinking, no research findings, no pedagogical interchanges with the wider community and hence no modification or the hope of further development.

Defenders of SSEHV demonstrate to the full how blind devotion overrules sound thinking and obviates any genuine dialogue on any subject concerning Sathya Sai Baba or his doctrines. Since neither Sathya Sai Baba nor the Sathya Sai Organization have given any proper response to his widely alleged sexual abuse of male minors, the teachers have to find their own solution of how to teach morals and at the same time carry the burden of the allegations in the wider community. How can they teach their student openness, sincerity and commitment to truth if they themselves have to keep silent, be confused and participate involuntarily in covering-up without any chance to ask their leaders and to get a clear answer.

The consequences can be seen in e-mail exchanges (click here). For example, Dr. Madhava Majmudar – former leader of EHV in Scotland – was incapable of intelligent discussion of the value education system she preaches and cut off communication very soon. Majmudar was promoted by Dr. Malcolm Green, formerly Chairman of the Strathclyde Education Committee and later a prominent EU politician, who once declared his support to the Sathya Sai EHV programme and aided its dissemination as part of his multi-cultural agenda… until he suddenly broke all connection with the Sathya Sai movement without any announcement, apparently after seeing the definitive BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’. With his aid, the EHV system had become somewhat entrenched in some Scottish educational programmes, if in a modified form and allegedly without direct mention of Sathya Sai Baba. (See scan from ‘Sai Gazette’ in which Dr. Malcolm Green declared his allegiance etc.)  She put an article on the Internet, which is still there, but evidently wants that it should escape any peer evaluation or criticism, for she then tried to get valid, informed but critical comments made in reply by Serguei Badaev removed by Google etc. For a person holding an academic degree, this response is simply unprofessional and her response actually verifies Badaev’s contentions about SSEHV by thus ignoring any modern research and being closed to reasonable dialogue, change or improvement.  See here 

Serguei Badaev, dismissed as President of the Moscow Centre for raising burning issues – former leader of EHV in Russia – asked: “Where are those model teachers who should teach SSEHV with Love and Wisdom. Who will choose them? What process will produce them? To my mind the system of SSEHV as it is cannot be not be an environment which will do that. No exchange of opinions, no discussion of problems, no sharing and support. Even the British SSEHV web site has not any sort of a forum.”

In a mail exchange with Badaev, Isobel Ritchie (SSEHV Convener for Scotland) admitted to some of the failings, as when she wrote: “We have had a couple of people here in Scotland removed from the Sai Organisation to my knowledge for ‘not following rules’ of the officials in the Sai Organisation” see here

Serguei Badaev received an e-mail from Linda Raine (from Southern Cross University, Australia where she was or is presumably studying), a Sai Baba devotee who is involved in the Education in Human Values programme. The e-mail speaks for itself as to finger-pointing patronizing moralism:-

From: Linda Raine <lraine@scu.edu.au>
To: <badaev57@mtu-net.ru>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 1:30 AM
Subject: Your Letter

I hope that since you wrote this letter, that you have educated yourself! No offense, but I am researching SSEHV and far from being a bogus idea, it is exceptional in that the human values, based on universal values of Love, Truth, Peace, Right-conduct and Non-Violence are an umbrella for every good value there is. Had you been a student of human values, you would have learned about discernment and truth at the least.

Everyone has the right to his own opinion, but, please, in this violent and unhappy world of ours, lets try our best to look at every point of view before making our decisions. The world is a mirror of yourself, so what you see in SSEHV is of your own making. I pray that you have learned more about yourself and have also learned to Live in Love

Kind Regards
Linda

Further correspondence between Raine and Badaev is seen here

Prominent Educational Figure at Strathclyde University, Dr. Malcolm Green, defected from his support for SSEHV hn he discovered the nature of the figurehead. Formerly he had stated: (See scan from ‘Sai Gazette’ in which Dr. Malcolm Green declared his allegiance)

Full coverage of the above issues click here – SSEHV Exposed

Links for the study of Sathya Sai Education in Human Values and ‘Educare’ -and their shortcomings or failings – are found here:-
Sai_Baba_Five_Human_Values
Cardinal_Failings_in_Sai_Baba’s_Human_Values
Human_Values_as_Common_Ideals
Sathya_Sai_Educare_fundamentalist_doctrine
Sathya_Sai_Educare
Why the Sathya Sai organization is a cult


Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners
View ex-follower signatures

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Ignorance is bliss in Sai Baba’s ‘teaching’

Posted by robertpriddy on January 26, 2009

If he knows so much, why does Sai Baba not clear all doubts?  Why does the self-professed omniscient Avatar not make known fully and clearly everything about his mission and answer every type of valid question and doubt that arises?

Sathya Sai Baba gives various reasons for his not engaging publicly in explanations about his claimed wisdom and powers. He disdains arguments that appeal to and satisfy the logical and scientific mind.  He looks down on all scientific understanding as an expression of intellectual pride or gross materialism and derides all but religious scholars as ‘learned fools’.

He claims to minister primarily to those who have humility, this being one reason for the birthplace of the avatar he claims to be being in India. He claims to know the very secrets of all creation, of birth, life and death but is unwilling to adopt the premises of reason and logic to explain them and make them clear enough to be more than speculative talk.

He makes evident that he does not wish or intend to stimulate ‘worldly’  intelligence, which he puts down as mere desires of the “restless” and curious mind. Sathya Sai Baba is no philosopher in any sense that makes sense, for he is a proselytizer of faith versus knowledge on all occasions, primarily faith in God – and not least in himself as such. He does not teach but preaches. He propounds the glories of  “mindless divine consciousness” which he holds is superior in every way to mental activity, scientific and intellectual understanding. Yet he also insists that it is achievable only by a tiny handful among the billions of humanity!  This ideal has been held up by numerous mystics, gurus and claimants to divinity in the past, overwhelmingly in India, where a vast under-educated mass of the population is brought up to believe in these miasmas from the cradle.

He has repeatedly insisted that he has not come in order to institute a new religion or set of beliefs. though he has also admitted to a ‘Sai religion’ and permitted the use of this term. He has announced repeatedly that his alleged ‘divine task’ is the regeneration of the first and most perennial philosophy, the Vedas. In regenerating them, he aims for the recreation on a huge scale of the practices and the way of life that would embody the alleged “Vedic truths”. In this and his constant harping on the past glories of a lost age of ‘Bharat’ – one for which there is no scrap of historical evidence – he literally wishes to put the clock back to a deeply superstitious and unknowledgeable era where democracy, human rights, equality before the law, social  justice,  and freedom from oppression were unknown. He speaks about ‘human values’ as God-given absolutes set in stone by, which is an oxymoron. He does not explain where the anti-values which correspond to the good ones came from except from the ‘evil’ in so many human hearts. That is the level of education he expresses.

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Sathya Sai Baba followers in education and science

Posted by robertpriddy on January 19, 2009

Much is made of Sathya Sai Baba followers who are said to be ‘educationalists’ and  ‘scientists’, and not a few of them – especially the Indians, who are the clear majority in these categories, always add a string of letters after their names. In Sai Baba literature and lectures they are often called ‘prominent’ , but their prominence is invariably limited to Sai Baba circles and not the world scene, where none have high profiles – if any at all.  In short, no world-class or genuinely famous scientists nor any major figure in the humanities or even literature have declared their faith in Sathya Sai Baba. Former science workers who still support him are more likely to adhere to the ideological misconceptions Sathya Sai Baba promotes as ‘Saience’ (to replace ‘science’)  rather than world scientific consensus (such as his main propagandist today, the former physicist G. Venkataraman (see links at foot of page).

Why is there a total absence of scientific or pedagogic discussion – let alone peer reviews – at anything like a professional level in any of the publications by these known followers of Sathya Sai Baba? Why are no references ever made to international educational bodies’ findings or official governmental reports, academic studies, or the work of any known and respected professional pedagogues and educationalists worldwide? Further, why are there virtually no names of scientists or educationalists genuinely well-known and regarded as authorities in their professions outside the circle of Sai Baba devotees? The answer, Sathya Sai Baba is the infallible source of all knowledge and wisdom for all followers and no other information is needed! But his is highly fallible and repeatedly demonstrates crass ignorance of science, history an even religions.

Not one head of any independent University in the world has endorsed Sathya Sai Baba educational ideals or programmes, and – as is well known – a branch of UNESCO withdrew from a planned educational conference under the auspices of Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi once they had investigated what this involved. (See UNESCO’s warning on Sathya Sai Baba here)

Not one Nobel laureate is known to be a follower, as far as can be discovered. Incidentally, Sathya Sai Baba has been forwarded as a candidate for the Nobel Peace prize by the Indian Government, obviously without result, of course. He made clear his  hopes that he would receive it from Dr. Michael Nobel, a grandson of Alfred Nobel, but a person who the Nobel Committee has denounced. See Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition

One name formerly brandished by Sai followers was Dr. Bhagavantam, because he was a developer of the Indian atomic bomb, though he is not a noted discoverer in world science. However, even Dr. Bhagavantham  left Sathya Sai Baba after two decades of being one of the guru’s right-hand men. The reasons for his departure have been obfuscated by present followers, but he became critical and went of his own accord years before his death, never to return.

See alsoThe Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory
UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

Radio Sai chief  Dr. G. Venkataraman – Sai propagandist,  and cover-up minion

Apologist for Sathya Sai Baba
G. Venkataraman – chief propagandist for ‘God’

Venkataraman – the most gullible physicist alive?

Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail?

Money, Morality and Sai-worshipper Dr. Venkataraman

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Sathya Sai Organisation – Misinformation & Cover-Up

Posted by robertpriddy on December 19, 2008

On the Public Unaccountability of the Sathya Sai Organisation
The refusal of the Sathya Sai Organisation to answer the slightest criticism of any kind can be seen throughout its published websites and all documents released to the public on all its official and semi-official websites.
This question was raised by the BBC investigatory team, who approached the world leader of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Dr. Michael Goldstein with questions about its accountability. Because they were never given any satisfactory answers to any of the critical questions they raised, they decided to film Dr. Goldstein with a hidden camera at their last questioning of him. The result was extremely revealing, both of the Sathya Sai Organisation’s policy, of the degree of deluded belief of Dr. Goldstein and not least as to his extremely unprofessional views on how to know whether sexual abuse has taken place (quite amazing from a qualified doctor supposedly conversant with this field). His total insensitive and aggressive attitude is an eye-opener as to cult cover-up and can be seen in transcript and in video clips.
Click on any of the following links to issues under the above heading

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRASHANTHI COUNCIL BY EX-OFFICE BEARERS – SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION Ignored by the Council out of fear of publicity
SECOND OPEN LETTER TO THE PRASHANTHI COUNCIL ON THE ORGANIZATION’S SUPPORT OF LIBELS

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Sai Baba’s teachings and education in total academic isolation

Posted by robertpriddy on May 30, 2008

Much was made by Sathya Sai Baba and his followers of those of his supporters who are ‘scientists’ and ‘educationalists’, and not a few of them – especially the Indians who predominate among them. However, what can one say of the standard of an educational system which exists in TOTAL isolation from the world research community. Very few of those once chosen by Sathya Sai Baba for top offices in his organisation and institutions (for all the academic titles they flaunt) show themselves to be progressively intellectual or up-to-date in modern knowledge. Not a single one of them seems to have published a major serious work of impact on peers or the informed public in science, philosophy or other comparable serious literature, yet many are at the same time hagiographic writers about Sathya Sai Baba. Sai Baba himself is more or less unknown to – and unmentioned by – any major world thinker of high achievement. Incidentally, nor is he quoted or referred to by any important world religious leaders.

Why is there a total absence of international peer review or scientific or pedagogic discussion at anything approaching a world professional standard in any of the publications by these known followers of Sathya Sai Baba? The primary reason is that the whole Sathya Sai Baba undertaking is clinically isolated from the wider world of non-believers and his university, though now recognised as such through his political pull, is way below the standards of the best Indian education, science and research. This is a shame, really, for at least it does provide an education to many in a state where there are so many illiterates.

Further, why are there virtually no names of educationalists involved with Sathya Sai Baba’s institutions who are genuinely well-known outside the circle of Sai Baba devotees? There is a total absence of internationally-recognised scientists and researchers and no discussion with such through any known professional or public media either. Not one Nobel laureate (there have been well over a thousand of them) has proclaimed to be a follower of Sathya Sai Baba, as far as can be discovered. [One former Nobel Laureate from Texas was inducted into viewing the hospital in Puttaparthi and thanks Sai Baba for it, but he is otherwise not declaring himself as a follower.] It is not possible for a mature scholar to work in an environment such as that at the Sathya Sai University, because the methods of learning are far too traditional and – according to the famous editor V.K. Narasimhan, who knew most of the students there – those who graduate were very largely as yet incapable of any intellectual discussion outside the parameters of their textbook learning. Add to this the constant indoctrination about the Chancelleor (Sathya Sai Baba) being omniscient and infallible, and the scene is set for a torpid mentality and stagnating research.

Dr. S. Bhagavantam
One name brandished as a ‘great scientist’ by Sai followers was a Dr. S. Bhagavantam, because he was a developer of the Indian atomic bomb who successfully copied US nuclear technology(good in physics but what about non-violent values?). He was a noted figure in Indian (but not world) science. Well before his death, Dr. Bhagavantam resigned from the Sathya Sai Central Trust and the World Council of the Sathya Sai Organization and left Sathya Sai Baba of his own accord around 1983, it having taken him 20 years to see through enough of his excessive claims and even his constant proven sleight of hand.

Dr. G. Venkataraman with Sathya Sai Baba
The only other remotely known physicist around Sathya Sai Baba was Dr. G. Venkataraman, who firmly believes Sathya Sai Baba to be the creator of the universe, despite him knowing full well that Sai Baba’s ‘knowledge’ of physics, astronomy, geophysics and related scientific issues has been shown to be outright ignorant and laughable! Venkataraman should know better than to support this charlatan! He publishes web pages which present standard accounts of physics and astronomy in complete contradiction to what Sathya Sai Baba has proclaimed in many discourses but never pointys out that SB’s accounts are totally bogus! Not one head of any independent University can be found who has endorsed Sathya Sai Baba’s educational programmes like Education in Human Values or Educare, and – as is well known – a branch of UNESCO withdrew from a planned educational conference under the auspices of Sai Baba once they had investigated what this involved. Since then no UN body has been willing to enter into any kind of cooperation in education or other projects with Sathya Sai Baba or his institutions.

One should not be misled by the titles and long and near-incomprehensible strings of letters graduates and others around Sai Baba attach after their names (a must-have in status-conscious India). There are many millions of graduates in the world, and some countries have educational systems using unpedagogical methods, especially India – though the top universities are reportedly state-of-the-art and their graduates are most successful internationally. Unfortunately, here in Norway at the University of Oslo, the standard of 90% of applicants from India I was involved in assessing (all supposedly having already some kind of higher educational graduation from India) was such that they needed quite elementary training before they could hope to enter for the obligatory philosophy and logic-semantic preliminary examination. I know from my academic contacts that much the same applies in UK and other West European countries. The Indian authorities are really trying to modernise the low-standard educational system of Lord Macaulay with its learning-by-rote to create nothing but clerks, not scientists, as left by the British. Admirably, they struggle to make it more egalitarian with quotas for Dalits, because since Independence it was virtually the birthright of higher caste Indians to receive – not only an education – but also a degree, whatever their academic standard. Many newspapers used to report on repeated disturbances where students would demonstrate violently and threatened professors until granted their degrees. In fact, many of supposed graduates of Indian universities who applied to the board on which I sat proved to have counterfeit degrees.

It is noteworthy that, since the death of Sathya Sai Baba, his much-trumpeted ‘University’ has lost its status and has reverted to a ‘deemed university’.

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