Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai School, Leicester, fails to open

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2014

MRS.USHA & MR. CHENG HO LIM

MRS.USHA & MR. CHENG HO LIM

The Sathya Sai School, Leicester, which should have opened for the autumn term last month, is closed to date. Reportedly, the remaining pupils have left as the school ran out of funds, which the UK Sathya Sai Trust refused to provide any longer.  The law firm that represents the UK Sathya Sai Trust is Avery Emerson, Ilford Essex.  It seems this is the death knell for the school unless they are successful in court in future. It must surely be best for the community that a school ceases to exist where the head teacher has been condemned widely for bullying of children and unfair practices against certain parents, yet who threatened parents with a lawsuit after they had been reported to the Leicester social services. Moreover, the physical education teacher, Mr. Cheng Hoe Lim, husband of headmistress Mrs. Usha Lim was accused of sexual harassment of another teacher… not the ideal environment for young children! Mr. Cheng Ho Lim also travels around as a charlatan ‘healer’, recently to the Netherlands, claiming the ethereal assistance of deceased Sathya Sai Baba and his ‘vibuthi’ (i.e. the ‘holy’ ashes of cow dung, rice husks and/or sandalwood). Sathya Sai Baba often denied that he had ever delegated any such powers to any individual.

Formerly, a newly appointed head of the Sathya Sai World Fund education committee, Australian Dr Pal Dhall, and other international delegates acted against the Leicester Sai School.  Mr Kalyan Ray (head of the education committee Sri Sathya Sai World Fund) was relieved of his post as was also, Dr Madhavi Majmudar female director on the education committee, the reason being their complicity in sweeping matters under the carpet and ignoring the complaints of the parents.

The activities of the Leicester Sai school caused long-running confrontations within and between various bodies and representatives of the rich and influential Sathya Sai cult in India, the UK, leading to the sacking of the US citizen Dr. Michael Goldstein, International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organisation and appointed permanently by Sathya Sai Baba himself. Mrs. Usha Lim and her supporters later refused to remove the Sathya Sai name from the school after this was demanded by the central Sai Baba educational body under the official Prashanthi Council in Puttaparthi, India. In addition to this, the Ofsted Commission’s latest report on the school was very negative and can be seen below right (click on image to zoom in).

Sathya Sai School, Leicester,  fights to survive The Sathya Sai Trust owns the school building at Leicester and have warned the school that if they do not pay the previous years rent and if their headteacher Mrs. Lim is not removed then they want the school to vacate the premises. On the contrary the schools states that the trust owns them money.

Leicester Sathya Sai School vibuthi fraud  April 29, 2014  The Leicester Sathya Sai School lost its accreditation as a Sai Baba institution after a major scandal of child abuse and sexual harassment of a female teacher was investigated, firstly by Leicester social services, subsequently by various ‘officials’ of the Sathya Sai Organisation in Uk and also by the overarching International Sai Baba authorities in India.

Leicester Sathya Sai School sackings April 26, 2013  As of August 18, the Sathya Sai School in Leicester has been disowned by the Sathya Sai Organisation. This was clearly a (very belated) damage-limitation exercise by the Sathya Sai Organisation which – despite great efforts and much international back and forth – did not succeed in getting the main culprits – i.e. the headmistress […]

Leicester Sathya Sai school & Michael Goldstein’s dismissal March 30, 2013  The slogan of this private faith school, where almost only for Indian devotees of Sai Baba send their defenceless children in Leicester is “a centre of human excellence”. According to a series of reports I have received about the situation there, this could hardly be further from the real situation. That the children ARE defenceless […]

Sathya Sai school, Leicester harassment case September 11, 2012  Sathya Sai School Leicester rejected by Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation Report: April 26th, 2013. Leicester Sathya Sai School sackings – click to go to latest news September 11, 2012: I am informed that the parents who could not afford to pay full fees to the Leicester Sathya Sai […] 

Sathya Sai Schools: Leicester, Puttaparthi, Gothenburg etc. up-date 27/11/12 July 20, 2012 Dr. Michael Goldstein, who was trying to cover over the entire matter at Leicester Sathya Sai school has already been replaced as Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation by a certain Gary Beltz. In short, the rule of man picked  by the self-proclaimed omnipotent God Incarnate to lead the International Sai Organisation was overruled by […]

Love and Light – Sathya Sai Organization UK & Leicester Sai school July 6, 2009  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.

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Leicester Sathya Sai School sackings

Posted by robertpriddy on April 26, 2013

LATEST Sathya Sai School, Leicester, fights to survive  The Sathya Sai school has lodged a legal case against the Sri Sathya Sai Trust UK, who own the school premises and demand the headmistress be removed

As of August 18, the Sathya Sai School in Leicester has been disowned by the Sathya Sai Organisation. This was clearly a (very belated) damage-limitation exercise by the Sathya Sai Organisation which – despite great efforts and much international back and forth – did not succeed in getting the main culprits – i.e. the headmistress (Mrs. Usha Lim) and her husband (Mr. Cheng Ho Lim) dismissed. However, all Sathya Sai Organisation official funding has been withdrawn and this private school is in serious arrears with the rent it owes to the Sathya Sai Organisation, which obeys the orders of its superior authority in Prashanthi Nilayam. It is clear enough that, under the circumstances of a total rejection of the Sathya Sai School, that the Sai Organisation will have no means of enforcing payment – certainly not without an ugly legal fight, which means another loss to the donors who finance the organization. Mr. Pal Dhall (click here) wrote the letter rejecting the Leicester school from the fold of the blessed.

Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013
To (The Directors of Sathya Sai School, Leicester)
Subject: The present status of UK “Sathya Sai School” ” Following the visit of the Delegation to the UK Sathya Sai School in April, a full discussion was held in Prasanthi Nilayam between the members of the Delegation and the Board of Directors of SSSW Foundation.
The Delegation came to the conclusion that the UK Sathya Sai School does not comply in a number of ways with the Guidelines of SSSWF for Sathya Sai Schools and ISSEs. Under the circumstances it was decided by the SSSWF and Education Committee to withdraw recognition of this School and not to include the UK Sathya Sai School in the International Register of Sathya Sai Schools. It is inappropriate therefore to continue to hold your School as “Sathya Sai School” on the International Register of Sathya Sai Schools given the history and the circumstances under which the UK School is being operated. I regret we came to this conclusion.
Under the circumstances it would be appropriate for you to consider another name for your School. “Sincerely, 
Dr Pal Dhall, Chair Education Committee, SSS World Foundation

The Ofsted Commission’s report on this school became more and more negative and the latest can seen in the 2014 report here. However the Ofsted inspectors remained ignorant of the bullying case and sexual harassment cases, which were suppressed through legal threats against the parents of the bullied child etc. by the very rich people who are devotees of Sai Baba, including Dr. Michael Goldstein.

See also: Leicester Sathya Sai School vibuthi fraud 

The drawn-out crisis over the running of the Sathya Sai School in Leicester, the furore over the bullying of a child by the headmistress and sexual harassment by her husband, employed at the Physical Education teacher, involving the social services in Leicester.  This eventually led to the dismissal of two more cult-indoctrinated involved persons; the Head of education committee of SSWF (Sathya Sai World Fund) lost his head(ship) and one of the directors of the Sathya Sai School in Leicester, Dr. Madhavi Majmudar likewise. The following report came to me from a concerned person:-

“Mr Kalyan Ray (The head of the education committee Sri Sathya Sai World Fund) was kicked out of his post and also that egoistic women Dr Madhavi Majmudar from the education committee –the reason being the mess they created by sweeping matters under the carpet and hiding the facts from the whole world, ignoring the complaining parents who ultimately went to the social services to complain against the bullying head teacher Mrs Usha Lim.

All this corruption led the SSWF new head of the education committee, Australian Dr Pal Dhall, and other international delegates to inquire about the happenings in SS School Leicester and interview the school board and parents (April 2013)……..hopefully the head teacher Usha Lim the perpetrator and the school board members will be kicked out for their gross unprofessionalism and irrational conduct.”

Earlier postings about these scandals, including about Dr. Majmudar’s cultist educational agenda are found here:-

Sathya Sai Baba cult-biased and Hindu-biassed religious conceptions of morals in ‘Human Values in Education – re Dr. Madhavi Majmudar

Leicester Sathya Sai school & Michael Goldstein’s dismissal

Sathya Sai school, Leicester harassment case

Sathya Sai Schools: Leicester, Puttaparthi, Gothenburg etc. up-date 27/11/12

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

 

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Sathya Sai ‘University’ cardinal failings

Posted by robertpriddy on July 19, 2012

One of the most credible, clear, incisive and hard-hitting accounts of the experiences of a student at the Sathya Sai University was posted on a blog last year. The whole account of his experience of being a virtual prisoner within the Sathya Sai educational institution at Puttaparthi is striking. Moreover, it bears out to the full and more all the criticism of the quality of the teaching methods and doctrine that I and others have raised, not to mention the oppressive rules and counter-productive social restrictions. The level of insight into youth was appallingly old-fashioned moralism without understanding and the hierarchical and anachronistic institution allowed no change, no development and above all no intellectual curiosity or autonomous study and research by students. No access to the Internet or modern media (this in the 21st century!) and no free speech but only blind respect of elder person, however unfair, deluded, morally incompetent and corrupted they were. In short, a backward, obscurantist and under-achieving organization where the ignorance of the breadth and depth of science, world history and other religion ‘taught’ by Sathya Sai Baba permeated the daily ‘spiritual’ fare took precedence over all modern thought. Here is one short from the penetrating article Life at Sathya Sai University – by Kartik Vaddadi:-

Kartik Vaddadi's article 'Life at Sathya Sai University' scan of excerpt

Excerpt from ex-student of Sathya Sai University – click on image to go to its source

Supportive comment posted on ‘Life at Sathya Sai University’

Scan of info. om Dr. Sundareshan, Sathya Sai Baba true believer and college teacher referred to in the article 'Life at Sathya Sai University'

Dr. Sundareshan, Sathya Sai Baba true believer and college teacher referred to in the article ‘Life at Sathya Sai University’

 SOME MORE BRIEF QUOTES FROM VADDADI’S BLOG

“I doubt many people will want to study at his university. In fact, I don’t think it made sense to study there even when he was alive.”

“The problem with the university, which is residential-only, is that it’s a bad place to learn stuff, and more generally a bad place to live or grow. The first thing anyone needs to learn is opportunity, which is highly restricted here. I studied computer science, and we were allowed practically no access to the Internet, and having a laptop of your own was frowned upon. Why?”

“…you are given no room to figure out what principles and practices you want to live your life by… it’s intellectually and emotionally crippling…. the place is an intellectual prison”. “Students are allowed to leave campus only once in six months, and sometimes not for a year. This place is not just a metaphorical prison, but also a literal one.”

“Watching movies, or listening to music, is considered immoral. This is like the Taliban’s Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. They have approved kinds of music, approved plays (spiritual, most of the time)” It is o.k only “if you have no tastes or preferences of your own”

“And you can’t question anything. The place expects mindless compliance rather than a healthu give-and-take. You are not allowed to question “elders”… Baba’s philosophy is like something out of Monty Python. Everyone knows that when a group, in any society, gets unconditional respect, they tend to become undeserving of that respect”.

The university’s staff have “knee-jerk reactions to suppress anything and everything that might look bad, no matter the human cost to the victims.” “it’s ironic that the authorities are more immature than the students they are nominally looking over”

Most unfortunately, this institution is the flagship of the Sathya Sai educational aspirations. It is regarded by Sai followers as a touchstone for the methods of teaching and especially discipline by all Sai education projects. The name Sathya Sai and the official ‘Sarva Dharma’ symbol (representing five or six religions) are the copyright of the International Sathya Sai Organization, so the International Chairman virtually controls which school or institution may use these insignia. Thus, Dr. Michael Goldstein is the virtual overall controller of the Sai education brand and can allow or deny the use of the Sathya Sai Baba name and icon. There have been a number of scandals involving sexual abuse and also bullying and punishment – the latest being noted at the Sathya Sai School, Leicester here (the female director, Dr Madhavi Majmudar, is working to cover-up the facts which have already been vetted by the Leicester school authorities.

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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


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