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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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9/11 Twin Towers attack and Sathya Sai Baba’s claimed intervention!

Posted by robertpriddy on September 8, 2011

Dr. William Harvey, cover-up man for criminal sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba

Dr. William Harvey, cover-up man for criminal sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba

The official Sathya Sai Organization International Chairman Dr. Goldstein affronts the 9/11 victims’ memory by claiming that Sathya Sai Baba intervened to save his members’ lives (but not those of others)!

In a meeting in St. Louis in which Sathya Sai Baba’s birthday was celebrated on the wrong day – namely, 11th September -, the Sai Organization tried to use that terrortist attack tragedy to promote their guru!
Sathya Sai Baba always held that everything is The will of God, and further, that he was the godhead, the Deity even of all deities and often said with “all power is in my hand”. Interestingly, the terrorists who caused the WordlTrade Centre and pentagon disaster were intense believers in God and an afterlife… once can reflect fruitfully on what that implies if one has a truly inquiring mind.

In a live TV programme on Zona de Investigacion (Azul TV, Argentina), Dr. Michael Goldstein is reported on by the Argentinian journalist and TV director, Agnostelli as follows: Dr. Michael Goldstein “gave some news that left the sweating audience mute: “On September 11, the devotees that worked at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon didn’t go to work that day or were late getting to their jobs. Thanks to our beloved Bhagavan,’ pontificated Goldstein, ‘all the New York and Washington devotees are safe.’ I shuddered to think that the public might applaud the news. But nobody did. Baba’s divine powers only benefit those faithful to him, or was this news passed on to avoid more desertions?”

In the same programme, Leonard Gutter, Central Coordinator of the South American Sathya Sai Organizations, said: “Baba’s love encompasses all: There were 50,000 people working at the Towers and only 3,000 died; then Baba saved 47,000, not only devotees. Each person has his own karma: that was the destiny of those who died there.” The TV programme (first part) is transcribed here]
An article by Alejandro Agnostelli entitled ‘Divine Sin’ reflects the contents of the Azul TV programme

The deluded conjectures by Dr. Goldstein and Leonardo Gutter towards all those whose dear ones died in ther Twin Towers catastrophe and the total lack of judgement and blind faith beyond all reason it expresses is not in the least uncommon among Sathya Sai followers. See more about Dr. M. Goldstein here.

Dr. William Harvey is a member of the top policy-making ‘Prashanthi Council’ of the International Sathya Sai Organization. (Note: He is not to be confused with the US male nurse William M. Harvey, CRNA).  He spoke at the Sai Public Meeting in St. Louis, September 11, 2005, prematurely – and for no valid calendar reasons – celebrating Sathya Sai Baba’s 80th birthday (11/23) and the announcement of the Mayor that 9/11 is officially Sathya Sai Baba day in St. Louis! (see here – if unavailable see here) The report of Dr. Jack Feely, Regional President, Mid-Central Region US stated: “The program was held at the 1904 World’s Fair Pavilion, a magnificent open-air shelter in the center of Forest Park. The 1300-acre park, considered the “Crown Jewel” of the city, was a picturesque setting worthy of a public program about Sathya Sai Baba, the Divine Crown Jewel of the universe. (see here if unavailablesee here) ”The Sai Organization proclaimed that they had sent “personal letters of invitation went out to 49 professors of philosophy and theological studies of the major universities and colleges in the area, followed up with telephone message reminders. Press releases went to the major TV and radio stations, along with the major newspapers. Quarter-page ads promoting the meeting were put in a widely distributed spiritually oriented newspaper. That same paper accepted a 700-page article about Sathya Sai Baba and His teachings.”

Before introducing the speakers, Dr. Jack Feely, regional president, asked the guests to join in a silent prayer for those who lost their lives, were hurt, or lost loved ones during the tragedy of 9/11 four years earlier. Dr. William Harvey, a member of the Prasanthi Council, was the first speaker. He focused his talk on the life and teachings of Sathya Sai Baba. He began his presentation by explaining to the attendees, “It is our belief that viewed from a cosmic prospective there are no accidents and that everything happens for a reason, though it is often not obvious to us at the time. Hence, we can assume that everyone present here today is destined to be here and to be a part of this event.”

The TV programme (first part) is transcribed here
An article by Alejandro Agnostelli entitled ‘Divine Sin’ reflects the contents of the Azul TV programme   More links about the Argentinian TV programme are here and here

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Dr. Michael Goldstein, supporter of the totally indefensible

Posted by robertpriddy on August 13, 2011

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR SHORT VIDEO CLIP (4.5 Mbs) IN WiNDOWS (wmv)

The Sathya Sai Organization has retreated yet deeper within it’s shell, they are all very quiet in public now that the truth about their failed God Incarnate Avatar World saviour has come out in wave after wave. The International Chairman, Dr. M. Goldstein, whose life was meaningless before Sathya Sai Baba, has gone invisible and presumably ceased to bruit his stories and tell his message around the world. Except, that is, when he is safely surrounded by fully signed-up blind believing Sai folloers. Just so one does not forget what utterly incredible and obviously megalomaniac beliefs he stands for – as do those he supposedly ‘leads around the world, here is a brief video clip showing what he told a London audience less than a decade ago:-

(To download the video clip in Quicktime – 1.3 Mbs – please click here)
See also:-
DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN DISCUSSES THE SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA


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A timely letter from Glen Meloy to Dr. Michael Goldstein

Posted by robertpriddy on May 23, 2011

Dr. Michael Goldstein bullies BBC reporter CLICK ON IMAGE TO READ MORE

Though it was a decade ago, the issue is still just as alive as ever… the total failure of a medical doctor to apply duty of care and mandatory reporting, and an aggressive and very nasty attack on the BBC presenter Tanya Datta in the film ‘The Secret Swami’ which he did not know was being recorded!  It showed his true face, just as Glen Meloy pointed out to him in this excellent letter! See Goldstein’s threatening rant here  Michael Goldstein in total denial about the sex allegations – and very nasty too!(1.50 MB) According to Indian newspapers, Goldstein is a Director of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. This must be the first non-Indian to get his place at the trough.


Dear Former Devotees and Supporters of Truth and Goodness,

I have just received a copy of the covering letter from a former devotee that was sent to all Sai Baba Centers in Zone I countries, ( includes USA, Israel, Canada, Southern Europe and the West Indies) by the Zone I Chairman and Central Coordinator, Dr. Michael G. Goldstein, M.D.
It was sent on his letterhead along with a copy of the Christmas Attack Discourse given by Sathya Sai Baba on December 25, 2000..


Michael G. Goldstein, M.D. 3070 Roycove Drive Covina, California 91724 U.S.A.

My comments to Dr. Goldstein follow his cover letter below –
Glen Meloy…

January 1, 2001
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Sai Baba Centers of
Zone I Countries,

Sai Ram to all of you! Enclosed you will find the Divine Discourse that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba gave to the world in Whitefield this past Christmas. In His Divine Discourse He has resolved doubts, assuaged fear, provided reassurance, and, most importantly, imparted selfless love to everyone. As always, in His Divine Caring and Compassion for all of us, He knows what we need and when we need it. Then, when the time is right, with Love of the Divine Mother and Father of mankind, He gives us what we need. The time is right! I trust that all of us will study well this Divine Discourse and reaffirm our commitment to the spiritual path.

Center Presidents are requested to read Swami’s Discourse at your next center meeting and make copies available to all devotees.
With Love to all of my brothers and sisters,
Michael G. Goldstein, M.D.

*****************************
Dear Dr. Goldstein,

As long as I can remember, you have been noted for your rather non-loving and unkind disposition with your so called brothers and sisters.

Your caustic and sometimes arrogant put down attitude was well known to most devotees and your Regional Officers and Coordinators, but the Devotees still tried to respect you because sai baba had somehow decreed that you were in charge.
Elsie Cowan and Jack Hislop and many others could not explain your unfriendly disposition and you were often compared to the other jackals and hyenas of baba’s ashram staff in India that are well known for their barking and angry non-loving attitudes, especially to Westerners.

Oh you put on a posture that everything was just sweet smelling roses, but the foul odor of your rotten personal conduct in the presence of your fellow officers and devotees often smelled of impatience and a complete lack of love. You and Indulal Shah were both intensely disliked by Elsie Cowan and there was many a morning in the book center when both of you were the topic of discussion as to how to create peace and harmony especially in the Southern California Region. At Elsie’s request, I tried to discuss it with you but you brushed me aside and told me to stay out of it.

Oh yes, I witnessed the same bad behavior with your brother Indulal Shah when he mercilessly bad-mouthed and lectured an Indian Devotee from Canada who was requesting his help to
release medical supplies from the customs port at Madras that his center had donated for the Super Specialty Hospital. I barely restrained myself from crying out and asking Indulal…”Where is the Love?”

And more recently, you refused to acknowledge or open a letter that had been written to you by the founder of the Eugene, Oregon Center and signed by over a hundred former devotees from all over the world concerning the serious criminal molestation allegations that you and the other so-called leaders have been covering up for many years. When all of us heard about your pious pronouncements to one of your former Regional Officers and a Father, whose son had been molested over 25 times, it just boggles the mind how you, a medical doctor, could be so callous and cruel to suggest to the Father that maybe his son was delusional.

You told him that ssb had told you baba was “pure” and that you were sticking with baba – all that after baba had for the first time publicly in front of thousands in the 1999 Christmas Discourse shot you with his “Golden Ego Arrows” stating what a good man you were and what a great devotee you were. (Do you remember your previous “Golden Arrow” comments at the Regional meeting in Southern California with Bob Bozzani??) And then you flew back to the US and hurled those insults to that devastated family.

Dr. Goldstein, you know very well if those molestations would have occurred here in the USA, you and your fellow conspirator officers would be in jail for failure to report. How you can sleep at nights and defend what most of us now believe to be the worst and most dangerous pedophile molester in the entire world is beyond belief. You once referred to the grief that the entire world felt at the death of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana and said Swami teaches us that there is darkness so that we may appreciate the light and love that they brought into the world.

Why don’t you apply that same thinking to the innocent boys and young men who brought their love to the one person they had been taught to believe from the time they were born was the very highest, only to discover that he is a fraud god who sexually rapes and molests them while claiming to be the God of Gods and Lord of the Universe. Oh Dr. Goldstein, how many lambs have been led to the slaughter because you and your fellow officers have NEVER WARNED THE MEMBERSHIP so that Mothers and Fathers could decide for themselves whether or not they wanted to put their children in harm’s way by going to India and praying for those coveted interviews behind the curtain and door of shame with sai baba. There will be a day of reckoning, Dr. Goldstein…….. and you and your swami will have to account to every devotee and their families and friends who have been physically, mentally, financially and spiritually raped. You once wrote that Love and Goodness Rule the Day…………I would like to add the word Truth to that.

When this fraud god calls all of us former devotees, Judases, in his unloving Christmas Message, your message above states……..As always, in His Divine Caring and Compassion for all of us, He knows what we need and when we need it. Then, when the time is right, with Love of the Divine Mother and Father of mankind, He gives us what we need. The time is right! I trust that all of us will study well this Divine Discourse and reaffirm our commitment to the spiritual path.

Center Presidents are requested to read Swami’s Discourse at your next center meeting and make copies available to all devotees. Dr. Goldstein, we all know that sai baba has until recently frowned on the Internet, but even he has now apparently realized that he needs it to continue to spread his propaganda as evidenced by his new official site at http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/home.htm

I have downloaded the official translation of his discourse, which some of the former devotees now refer to as discourse and offer you my comments. Please see below.


COUNTER JEALOUSY WITH LOVE
Isn’t this a lovely title? As we will see, baba accuses all of us former devotees as being a thousand ‘Judases’. Such a non- loving thought from a so called divine creator.

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Sathya Sai Organization double morals

Posted by robertpriddy on March 11, 2011

Dr.Michael Goldstein above (as caught out by the BBC) and his Indian counterpart in cover-up of all facts about murders and sexual abuses, Dr. G. Venkataraman (below) -

The Sathya Sai Organization and other Sai Baba institutions have always been ready to denounce impostors and deceivers (in circulars or in their public journal Sanathana Sarathi). Sathya Sai Baba insists that his followers support truth, decency, speaking softly and sweetly, but his authorities have nothing to say about their biggest and most unethical defender on the Internet, Gerald Moreno. They observe Moreno attacking dissidents and critics of Sai Baba in the most unspiritual and libelous manner without a single word of comment. Were they to dissociate themselves from him in public or denounce his methods even once, they would pull the ground from beneath him, so one cannot but conclude that in the main the leaders have no trouble with what they know to be his unjustified and untruthful representations of former devotees. Thus, their silence amounts to consent and the endorsement of not taking issue with this major proponent of their own agenda.

Knowing what a clandestine and secretive power clique runs the authoritarian International Sathya Sai Organization, with the devious Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. G. Venkataraman at its head, they are satisfied to be defended through ad hominem attacks, character assassination attempts and diverse other underhand methods used by their primary defender. The same applies to Sathya Sai Baba himself – for with a few words to the leaders of his organization or in public he could denounce Moreno, who ceaselessly, with ongoing cooperation from both his prominent and rank-and-file members, breaks his directives for spiritual behaviour.

Dr. M. Goldstein stated on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ that Sathya Sai Baba had told him not to answer any criticisms, for it would drag them into the gutter. Because Goldstein was bound religiously to follow every hint of this Lord and Master, so one way to hit back at critics was clearly either through minions. This was done through disinformation and false claims by Dr. G. Venkatarman (Head of Radio Sai, and active Member of the Prashanthi Council) who was only to willing to avoid the real issues and distract attention from the many crimes involved. Venkarataman’s mendacious response to the JuST Group’s documented criticisms was a private reaction he claimed – and not made on behalf of the Prashanthi Council itself, not of the Sathya Sai Organization either. What duplicity from Sathya Sai Baba’s official propagator and chief propagandist!

In all this silent support for Moreno, Sathya Sai Baba and his officials faced the dilemma: either to denounce the critics’ claims themselves or denounce the nefarious behaviour of their staunch defender (Moreno) because of the counter-productive effect and its impact on both true devotees and the wider public. Moreno’s shallow and calumnious diatribes and their frequent predominance over other pro-Sai Baba postings on search engine results strongly reinforce the fact that there has been very widespread criticism of Sathya Sai Baba, especially since the massive sexual abuse revelations in 1999 and the exposure of the murders in his bedroom on BBC World TV and the Internet. Meanwhile, not one pro-Sai Baba website dares to make a single link to the extensive Sai Baba critical websites for fear of the facts coming forth to their followers. Sai Baba himself has warned devotees not to view the discussions on the Internet.

Pointed denials of association to mislead the public:

Moreno made a point of denying – at the foot of many of his pages – any association with the Sathya Sai Organization from the time of the first attacks on critics and alleging victims of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse (which he also actually accepted for some years during his all-round defense of Sai Baba). His activity still undermines the credibility of their claim that Sai Baba is not at the centre of a cult. There is considerable circumstantial evidence of central US Sathya Sai officials collaborating with Moreno behind the scenes, especially in providing him with information about the Alaya Rahm court case before the results were known even to most critics and in providing him with deposition documents which were never made public by the court and have proved unobtainable even by several email requests by a international coordinator, and by (via telephone) a US academic and also a personal visit by another US citizen to the Clerk of Court in Orange County, California. Moreno could not prove that he had obtained the documents from the court, as he asserted, for he could produce no receipt.

Some semi-official Sai websites with a fairly large remit [which are of course also deeply engaged in a propaganda and disinformation campaign – especially saibabaofindia.com] do link to his web pages, helping his Google rankings. The Sathya Sai Organization could stop this easily, but evidently some among them – such as Prashanthi Council leaders Michael Goldstein and G. Venkataraman – are privately interested in seeing critics of Sai Baba maligned as much as possible. Their conscious choice to avoid Moreno in public shows that they nevertheless are aware what a yet more huge liability to them it would be to endorse such a person who defies all the advice of Sathya Sai Baba always to speak softly, criticise oneself instead of others and such rules. The wider world of thinking people can see straight away that Moreno’s whole aggressive character attack strategy and underhand ‘dirty tricks’ are a striking manifestation of a religious personality cult in action, often exceeding the antics of scientology.

Moreno wrote that he had heard many wonderful stories about Sai Baba from someone called ‘Robert’ (at a time when there were few who knew much about SB in the USA). Of those named Robert to whom might apply from that early date there are Robert Baskin, Robert Bozzani, and Robert Bruce – all Sai VIPs and long-standing members of the Sathya Sai Organization. Robert Basin has acted as the lawyer for the Sai Organization. Moreno claimed he had no contact with Baskin, citing the irrelevant fact that Baskin lives in California while he lives in New Mexico, a long way apart. But Baskin has held talks in many places in the Sai organization, and both have been frequently to Sai Baba ashrams, where meetings between US visitors are almost inevitable (in groups etc.) not to mention e-mail, the phone etc.!

There is no publicised official support for Moreno or any mention of him or links to his defamatory web pages by the Sathya Sai Organization or other Sai institutions, indicating that they cannot afford association with such a twister of the truth). More significantly, not a single national or other prominent newspaper or media outlet referred to Gerald Moreno’s massive output. He has railed against journalists (e.g. Vishal Arora) and academic researchers into the Sathya Sai Baba who have failed to mention him or in any way support or reference his materials (such as Tulasi Shrinivas and others). Yet more disappointing for Moreno, no doubt, is that there are no postings on the Internet of any serious kind that support him in any way, except for a few by fanatics and equally dishonest and antagonistic persons (eg. Lisa de Witt being a very active user of bad language and utterly false low-life claims about critics).

Gerald Joe Moreno – dossier

Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno Dr. G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba defender”
Dr Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail? “Dr.G. Venkataraman lost all his scruples.” Also that he “had a harrowing experience … 

Dr. G. VENKATARAMAN – THE MOST GULLIBLE PHYSICIST ALIVE? He was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme He writes about being in quest of the mysteries in the Universe but states that is not found in hundreds of books already.
Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist in the limelight
a physicist, formerly employed in India’s nuclear bomb programme, is now a propagandist and cover-up official for Sai Baba 

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba It seems that this retired physicist G. Venkataraman had been tempted to take upon himself the mantle of philosopher…

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BBC Documentary film: “The Secret Swami”

Posted by robertpriddy on September 8, 2010

SAI BABA WAS FILMED IN 2004 AT SHIVARATHRI

(BBC) THIS WORLD – Documentary film: “The Secret Swami” TRANSCRIPT Tx Date: 17th June 2004 This script was made from audio tape – any inaccuracies are due to voices being unclear or inaudible

THIS DOCUMENTARY CAN BE BOUGHT DIRECT FROM THE BBC MARKETING DEPT. AS A VHS VIDEO. THERE IS A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THIS MOVIE AVAILABLE FOR A FRANCHISE TO SHOW IT ON INDEPENDENT TV STATIONS, CONTACT THE BBC.

 

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Sathya Sai Organization’s fear of investigative media

Posted by robertpriddy on March 25, 2010

An example of how the Sathya Sai Baba organization is closing down its contact with serious investigatory media – the fear of being further exposed after the BBC were invited to make a documentary by the ashram and Dr. Goldstein… which resulted in ‘The Secret Swami’ (see it showcased here)
 

E-MAIL PUBLISHED (by an undisciplined devotee’s error)

ON AN INTERNET BULLETIN BOARD

To: saibabanews@yahoogroups.com
From: “Laura” <joydrops@pon.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:37:47 -0800
Subject: [saibabanews] Fwd: Message from  head\ of U.S. Sai Organization

Procedure to handle requests for filming interviews with devotees or  officers at Sai centers or regional events by Media Companies

Please carefully review the following letter from Dr. Goldstein on this subject:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sai Ram!

Recently there have been several media companies who have expressed an interest in making a program or documentary on Swami, His Works, the Sai Organization. We have advised these parties that we do not wish to participate in their documentaries or take part in personal or group interviews. Specifically, the BBC is contemplating production of a video which would be controversial in nature. We have informed them that the Sri Sathya Sai Organizations do not wish to participate in their project.

Therefore, should you be approached by any of these companies, or should they appear at any Sai Centers or Events with cameras, recorders, reporters, etc, please advise them respectfully that we do not wish to participate and politely ask them to leave the premises. If they do not comply with your polite request, then the appropriate authorities should be invoked, such as the person(s) responsible for the premises and/or the appropriate authorities.

Sincerely,
Michael Goldstein

If a Media Company approaches you concerning filming at your center, please follow the procedure outlined above and as soon as practical, please inform me by phone at 831-457-1983. This is very important.

Thanks.


See also

1. DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN DISCUSSES THE SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA
2. DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN STATES THE SAI ORGANISATION’S FAITH ABOUT SAI BABA


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International Sai Organization’s clandestine operative

Posted by robertpriddy on October 1, 2009

The International Sathya Sai Organization is undoubtedly involved in a clandestine campaign of cultist harassment, systematic and widespread character assassination, smears and lies. Despite repeated application to them requiring that they disavow and distance themselves from the massive cyber attacks on dissidents and critics of Sai Baba, they have remained as silent as the grave. This implicated the leadership of all the Sathya Sai Baba National organizations, who kow-tow to the policy of the top-down authoritarian organization in never once stating that they do not support the activities of Gerald Moreno. This proves that the Sathya Sai Organization privately condones Gerald Moreno’s fanatical hate campaign, because they have a strong cultist agenda. Attacks on apostates are one of the sure signs of a non-accountable and clandestine cult.

Gerald Joe Moreno admitted in a blog that he knew several of those who received free cars from Sai Baba – including members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust (see scan below) . This no doubt includes Dr. G. Venkataraman, Vice-Chairman of the overriding Prashanthi Council, who was one of those figures who was sometimes available to meet foreigners (eg. I met him). One has to be very well in with the Sai Baba official in order to meet members of the Central Trust! Draw your own conclusions!

from Gerald Joe Moreno's blog attacking critics

from Gerald Joe Moreno's blog attacking critics. These persons he knows are very fat cats by Indian standards - well-heeled from before - and the money used for the cars was DONATED FOR THE POOR, UNEDUCATED and SUFFERING!

That people prominent among Sathya Sai Baba’s following such as Isaac Tigrett, Phyllis Krystal, Alvin Drucker and leaders in his organization from the former Dr. John Hislop onwards to Dr. Michael Goldstein, Thorbjørn Meyer, Bernice Meade, Peter Pruzan and numerous others know full well that he oils the genitals of young men and boys. It is a disgusting lack of human decency and moral courage that these persons do no denounce his activities… even though they feel they have too much to lose. They have spend many years of their lives under his sway so that they are totally involved in his cult and have few hardly any friends or contacts outside it. These people speak of ‘loving all’ but they really only love themselves and those who agree with them. Not one official ever took any steps to investigate a single complaint from any of the many young men and/or their parents, and 95% of  dissidents’ letters on this were unanswered, or even returned unopened! This cult is unaccountable and closed to normal human concerns, despite all its pretty talk and endless propaganda about how ‘spiritual’ it all is.

Gerald Moreno claims to have contacts with thousands of devotees around the world, besides which he is linked to saibabaofindia.com – one of the largest Sai Baba propaganda websites on the Internet. This shows again how Sai baba devotees partake in a cultist programme of disinformation and slurs against ex-devotees.

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRASHANTHI COUNCIL BY EX-OFFICE BEARERS OF SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION Ignored by the Prashanthi Council out of fear of publicity
SECOND OPEN LETTER TO THE PRASHANTHI COUNCIL ON THE ORGANIZATION’S SUPPORT OF LIBELS Also ignored, demonstrating their (passive) acceptance of libels and character assassination made on their behalf.


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Rewriting events with slant – Sathya Sai Baba officialdom

Posted by robertpriddy on September 18, 2009

The Akhanda Bhajans continued through the night and the next morning, Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 6.20 a.m. After going around the hall granting Darshan to everyone, He took His seat on the dais. Around 6.45 a.m or so, one could sense that something was in the offing as Bhagawan was showing signs of physical pain and restlessness – indications that there may be ‘Lingodbhavam’. The pace of the Bhajans kept increasing every minute in anticipation, but it was not until 8.25 a.m. that a beautiful golden lingam emerged from Bhagawan’s mouth. Then out of immense love and compassion, He moved amidst devotees holding the lingam so that everyone could have a close glimpse of it. from http://srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/Events/shivaratri_06_report.htm

goldlinga06Who can say that he moved among devotees “out of immense love and compassion”? It cannot be seen on his face, which is expressionless – even stony – these days most of the time. This eulogy is merely ‘politically correct Prashanthi speak’, mimicking his own constant self-promotion as ‘infinitely loving and compassionate’.  Where was his compassion when four of his devotees were shot down in cold-blood by police in his bedroom in 1993 while he stood by and indirectly conferred with the police through his younger brother?

Moreover, he did not himself ‘move among the crowds’, he was pushed in the invalid chair which this “omnipotent God”  always has to use nowadays. The so-called ‘lingodbhava‘ has since 1990 been an utter farce where the use of a large towel which he raises to his face time and again is the key to this less than perfected magician’s trick. Nowhere is this more evident than on the 2004 BBC documentary filmed close-up.

Click for video clip to see how a 'magician produces lingam objects from his mouth more clearly than Sai Baba!

The neutral BBC team were invited by the ashram authorities to make what they expected to be a promotion film about this self-style God Incarnate, but they denied BBC further access as soon as they asked a critical question! This naturally set the journalists searching for answers elsewhere and they eventually had to present him as a sex abusing fraud producing powerful evidence on how his many alleged crimes are covered-up by aggressive Indian politician devotees and not least the International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization. D. Michael Goldstein, who was interviewed and expressed strong denial and also spoke of himself as a ‘consummate professional’ doctor who said he can see on a boy’s face where there has ever been any sexual abuse! A consummate ignoramus and deceiver is more like it!

See also Sathya Sai Baba collapses and later explains that the small gold lingam weighed 3 tons!


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Sathya Sai devotees in total denial

Posted by robertpriddy on July 28, 2009

Former P.M. of India, A.B. Vajpayee

Former P.M. of India, A.B. Vajpayee

No one can observe Sathya Sai Baba’s activities sufficiently to know that he is not guilty of the many charges of sexual molestation. No one – apart from young men who sleep in his quarters – know what he does at night. Despite this, the former Prime Minister of India, Vajpayee, and Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati (sometimes written ‘Bhagawati’ – both long-term worshipping devotees) made an infamous public declaration that these were “wild, reckless and concocted allegations made be certain vested interests and people against Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba” and also call these “baseless and malicious allegations“. However, they fail signally to present a shred of evidence about vested interests and it has been proved also that they have never instituted the slightest investigation of the very many and convincing allegation. This shows more about the amateurish way that such prominent Indian figures go about making statements… all of which are completely unfounded… as is documented fully in a blog challenging Vajpayee and Co. see here

Goldstein-at-70th-b'dayThe observation of Sathya Sai Baba’s activities by any one person (other than the boys who attend him) cannot cover more than a fraction of the time at his disposal, which also applies to everyone else without any exception. Despite this, close devotees of Sathya Sai Baba among his prominent ‘special guest VIPs’ such as his close confidante Dr. Michael Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman, also the top office-bearers Ashok Bhagwani (UK) Steen Piculell and Thorbjørn Meyer (Denmark), the businessman Jack Hawley, among others), have openly claimed to know that Sai Baba is innocent of the sexual charges, a conviction frequently also held by other close followers and office-bearers. This claim is transparently self-defeating because none of them have been able to monitor Sai Baba’s activities in more than a few dozen interviews lasting an hour or so, plus the rather limited periods that Baba is seen in public during darshans, festivals and such like. They believe he is innocent, which is a completely different matter… it is denial of the possibility and refusal to investigate further. They cannot presume to ‘know’ much at all about what Baba may do in private interviews or during the nights etc. (he has been accused of many sexual molestations in both cases); all they could truthfully say is their belief in Sai Baba’s purity is fundamentally and overwhelmingly based on subjective faith.

The (future) Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, at Sai Baba's70th birthday celebrations in 1996

The (future) Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, at Sai Baba's70th birthday celebrations in 1996

The current Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has also been a deluded follower of Sathya Sai Baba for a long time, as the photo of him decked out in Sai Baba robe regalia in 1996 proves.

No one can ‘know’ that Sathya Sai Baba is anything that he claims to be, such as an omniscient. omnipotent ‘God avatar’, for such knowledge requires knowing everything oneself… which the persons involved most evidently do not by a very long chalk! I have experienced all such people long enough to realise that they have rid themselves of their individual judgement, always trying to do what they are told to do and say what they are told to say… according to each their perceptions of Sai Baba’s fickle ‘will’. Their claims have no validity whatever in deciding this matter.

Further, if they were to be capable of applying Sai Baba’s repeated advice and ‘see only good in everyone’, ‘do not criticize others’ etc. then surely they should not assume without evidence that those who tell of being molested are liars or malicious persons? (see Vajpayee’s calumnious statement)

This sweeping accusation by him is particularly unsavoury disunity between word and act. It is patently incredible that over 30 persons in different parts of the world who have bravely testified in public should be found, convinced and paid by someone to make such charges, especially as all would realise the trouble and criticism they would have to face in so doing. David Bailey collected and published at least seven highly convincing e-mails he received alleging serious molestations. It was well-known in Prashanthi Nilayam that he did not have the means to pay what such a demanding smear campaign would doubtless have cost, even if he’d had a credible motive for so doing. David Bailey was a remarkable favourite of Sathya Sai Baba having had over 100 personal interviews and knew he would lose all the apparent boons, blessings, benefits and ashram privileges that such closeness is believed by all devotees to give (read his phone testimony here).Yet more convincing was the defection of Sai Baba’s close devotee (SEE http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/bhatia.htm) alleging long-term sexual partner, Dr. Naresh Bhatia!

Sathya Sai Baba is quite simply lying about his accusers too. Very deceitful and abusive behaviour by him has even been documented by long-term devotees, not least by some who experienced it from his very early days, such as by Vijayamma (SEE http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/27/Vijayamma_reviewed.html), Varadu, (SEE http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/saisex6.htm#was3) M. Krishna and others who were once very close to him.

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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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Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 1

Posted by robertpriddy on May 29, 2009

Concerning the 1993 murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s temple bedroom apartment

SEE ALSO TRANSCRIPT OF BBC INTERVIEW WITH THE FORMER HOME MINISTER OF ANDHRA PRADESH – V.P. NAIR – ON THE MURDERS EPISODE, WITH SHORT VIDEO CLIP! (Click here)

Two decades of experience of Sathya Sai Baba, mostly apparently very positive, led me to believe that he could have had no part whatever in the six murders that were committed in June 1993. So unquestioning was my faith (as required of followers) that I accepted what little was said about it by officials in the Sai movement and in a discourse by Sathya Sai Baba himself some weeks afterwards. I put them matter behind me… like almost everyone else in the Sai movement.

I accepted, in the main, what later were seen to be the mostly irrelevant statements he made in the admittedly vague and rambling discourse some weeks later on Guru Purnima day in July 1992. Even some of the emotional outbursts and unbalanced ramblings  of the Interntional Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization – Dr. Michael Goldstein –  in his letter to Sai devotees seemed to make things seem somewhat like a divine enigma that we could not hope to understand. (But this ploy is often used by Sai Baba and his trusted officials so as to avoid telling or explaining anything that does not suit him). The old excuse, ‘only Swami knows the reason’ soon clicked in with the followers. But then, I knew virtually nothing about the circumstances at that time, mostly only the carefully contrived bits of Sai Org. ‘information’ (cynical disinformation, actually).

Written instructions were sent out by leaders of the Sathya Sai Organisation (eg. Indulal Shah, Central Office and Michael Goldstein) not to question or discuss anything about the incident, but to ignore it and rather concentrate on oneself and one’s own spiritual practice (i.e, based on the same twisted principle as ever, namely: God does only what is good, any bad is done by us)! All that smacks of  criticism of anything Sai baba say or does is always turned back on devotees by the trusted ‘leader VIPs’ (who often defend their own actions likewise as done by persons sanctioned by Swami). This is all very well, if you care nothing for the victims, the truth of the matter, justice or if one accepts the clumsy and despicable cover-up attempted by the ashram, the police, the Andhra Pradesh State authorities and the Indian Government (in the person of then Home Minister of the Indian Government, S.B. Chavan).

In 1995, at the 70th birthday celebrations, I began to hear about the whole episode from an Indian Administrative Service Vigilance Officer, V. Ramnath, whose close colleague had been personally involved in the early investigations. The entire account was so shocking and so many confusing points remained unanswered that it seemed impossible to evaluate what was false witness and what genuine, and to piece together the evidence so as to see who might be responsible and what motives the various involved persons could have had. I set about getting inside information from persons whose judgement and honesty I could really trust. This I collated with the many press reports. Eventually the invaluable book by the award-winning skeptic and iconoclast, internationally-known Basava Premanand (Murders in Sai Baba’s Bedroom see also here) provided a mass of documentary transcripts and other evidence which helped me to understand how massive the cover-up to protect Sathya Sai Baba and his brother was.

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During the hours that passed while the four intruders who had killed Sathya Sai Baba ‘s two attendants were locked in his apartment, various persons reportedly visited Sathya Sai Baba in the garage annex to the temple. Witnesses reported seeing his younger brother Janakiramiah, Joga Rao enter and exit shortly before the shots from police rifles were heard by many residents and visitors. Were Janakiramiah, Colonel Joga Rao and Sathya Sai Baba just discussing the weather, or maybe Sathya Sai Baba was further repeating his compassionate teaching, ‘Help ever, harm never’ and “See no evil, hear no evil, do no evil”?

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Dreams of Sathya Sai Baba – imaginary or real?

Posted by robertpriddy on May 5, 2009

THE SELF-PROCLAIMED “OMNISCIENT” SELF-CONTRADICTOR OF PUTTAPARTHI, SATHYA SAI BABA, REFUTES HIS OWN TEACHING OF DECADES THAT HE ACTUALLY MANIFESTS HIMSELF IN PEOPLE’S DREAMS

Some people claim to have seen God in their dream. Where is dream? Where is God? In fact, dream experience itself is not real. It is only an illusion. They are deluded to think that way.

You say that Swami appeared in your dream last night. This is not correct. I do not appear in anybody’s dream. When you intensely desire that Swami must appear in your dream and constantly think of the same, that intense desire will assume a form in your dream. God does not assume a form or change into another form.
You have witnessed something in your dream. What is it? It is your own self, nothing other than that. You are visualising your own self in the dream state.

Do not be under the illusion “Rama has appeared in my dream, Krishna has appeared in my dream, Swami has appeared in my dream”. This is a sign of ignorance. All these are dreams only. How can a dream be called a reality? The very word “dream” explains its nature. As long as you are in sleep, this experience may be true. The moment you wake up, the experience vanishes. (Source http://sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/25-10-04_Discourse.htm)

Compare these amazing revelations by the ‘omniscient avatar’ with his former well-known ‘revelations’. That he intervenes in dreams has been believed by virtually every devotee. They have been told so by him on many occasions and believed him fully. In ‘Vision of the Divine’ he is reported verbatim telling Dr. Fanibunda that
he comes into people’s dreams, and only when he wills it himself.
They have written countless articles and books about their dreams of Sathys Sai Baba which he has often reportedly confirmed they were true visits from him in person:-

“Dreams are nothing but the reflection of the subconscious mind. Swami appearing in dreams is very auspicious…Dreams are the reflection, reaction and resound of that which is within you. The same does not apply to dreams in which Swami appears. Swami appears in dreams only when He wills it and not when you want.” (Sanathana Sarathi, April 1999, p. 98)

With his typical systemic inconsistency, he contradicts that one cannot dream of him at all without his will and changes it to only “very clear” dreams. However, even this he has now refuted! What a confusing deceiver he has been, and remains! He comes across as very confused himself

There are certain confusing dreams in which your feelings play an active role. You may be seeing Swami but at the same time your feelings get mixed up and cause confusion. You may see yourself in Puttaparthi at one point in time and in America at the very next, and so on and so forth. These dreams are not willed by Swami. These result from indigestion and improper food. Dreams which are willed by me are very clear and give no room for confusion or doubt.

However, blaming indigestion or improper food is quite laughable in view of his saying thatdreams reflect etc. the subconscious mind. He has said many other conflicting things through the years about how different kinds of dream arise. He quoted the sage Pippalada (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24, p. 144), who held that indigestion does NOT cause dreams, but sleep does. THAT is astounding news!

My position on certain aspects of dreams and the nature of their different origins has developed considerably since I wrote the book ‘Source of the Dream’ in 1994 (Bangalore Sun-Sky Publications, sold at Prashanthi Nilayam bookshop). Now I have just published a new book in India, 650-plus pages, entitled “End of the Dream”. Dreams are, in my opinion, self-generated… even those which have precognitive elements which later occur. My views on dreams were formed after a long life of deep interest in this and related subjects, and a brief summary has been on-line for some years now as part of my work on human psychology, ‘The Human Whole’.
After having been involved in teaching at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Oslo, and formerly as staff in group therapy at two treatment homes in Scandinavia, and having recorded dreams and studied virtually the entire serious literature on them in psychology, psychoanalysis both Freudian, Jungian, existential and many other theories and therapies etc., I have at least learned finally from my personal experiences that what Sathya Sai Baba has said about dreams contains so much unempirical nonsense as to be misleading and worthless.

 

 

extra links: Paul Holbach on dreams of Sai Baba etc. —  Supposed ‘dream invasions’ by SSB

AMUSING FOOTNOTE

DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN’S WIFE DREAMS OF SAI BABA
WHO BOTH CLAIMS HE COMES IN PEOPLE’S DREAMS, BUT ALSO DENIES HE EVER DOES!

In his 2004 a public discourse noted above he denied most firmly that he ever enters anyone’s dreams

Excerpt from The “Hindu” Andhra Pradesh 26 November 2004 By Staff Reporter
Satya Sai trust to host global meet on divinity.

PUTTAPARTHI, NOV. 25. The Sri Satya Sai Central Trust will organise a world conference on `unity, purity and divinity’ as part of the Satya Saibaba’s 80th birthday celebrations here next year.

Two ardent devotees of Saibaba were given the opportunity to speak at the spiritual leader’s 79th birthday function held here on Wednesday.

Michael Cochstein, a practising physician from Southern California, USA, said he had found his spiritual divinity at Puttaparthi. “Swamy spoke to my wife in her dream one day when we were passing through a difficult phase and I had fallen in love with him immediately,” Mr. Cochstein said. He claimed that Saibaba had taught him that selfless love was the key to happy life. Stating that Saibaba was an embodiment of selfless love, Mr. Cochstein said the greatest joy in life was knowing selfless love through Saibaba.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/26/stories/2004112606490300.htm

It is noteworthy that such a newspaper as ‘The Hindu’ gets the name of such an important Sai VIP wrong! (‘Michael Cochstein’ is none other than the delightful Dr. Michael Goldstein International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization).

Goldstein makes a point of “Swamy spoke to my wife in a dream one day“. (Sounds like a daydream?) One has to commiserate with those who still believe fully in Sai Baba’s pronouncements that no one can dream of him without His Will! For it has slipped their attention that Sathya Sai Baba had again vastly modified his position on this recently.

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Sathya Sai Baba exposed in Argentina

Posted by robertpriddy on November 14, 2008

>Sai Baba, the well known Hindu spiritual teacher, who has a following of millions around the world, is facing charges of sexual abuse. The accusers assert that Baba has made many of his male devotees engage in sexual practices with him. Journalist Alejandro Agostinelli investigated the certainty of these charges. by Alejandro Agnostelli

Under the title ‘Divine Sin’, Agnostelli relates the evidence which emerged in Argentina and was presented on two TV programmes by Azul TV. The Latin American Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization, plus the leaders Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. William M. Harvey were present as apologists for Sai Baba. They were confronted by Conny Larsson – an alleging victim of sexual abuses by Sai Baba – and others over the sexual abuse of boys young men.

Sathya Sai Baba critics and apologists

Sathya Sai Baba critics and apologists

The defenders of Sathya Sai Baba made some absurd claims which were never backed up by events – perhaps the chief one of which was that the then US Presidential Candidate, Al Gore, was about to declare his support for Sathya Sai Baba. This would have been MOST unfavourable for him… and he has still not made the slightest mention of Sathya Sai Baba. He must have realised how damaging association with Sai Baba will always be!

It was even claimed that Sathya Sai Baba has assured his devotees that he had protected them from being in the World Trade Centre when the terrorist attack took place! Following this unfounded belief, the US Sathya Sai Organization used all its muscle with prominent figures in St. Louis and Chicago to introduce a Sathya Sai Baba day on September 11. One might think this very significant – that a big city allows a day to be named, but the Mayor’s office told us that over 200 days inSt. Louis were official name days for one or another organization.  In any case, it was a most untactful, distasteful demonstration . How could these people not realise what an outright provocation this is to the families, friends and co-workers of those who died – who Sathya Sai Baba did not deem worthy to be saved – claiming, as he does, to be God Incarnate with complete omnipotence, ruling over life and death and the Universe he has insistently claimed he created!

See further documentation of the Sathya Sai Organizations’ meeting in St Louis and Dr, Jack Feely’s report on proceedings here

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The Sathya Sai Organization’s Damage-limitation efforts

Posted by robertpriddy on May 26, 2008

Sai Baba in cloud cuckoo landOne of the mostly unofficial policies of the Sathya Sai Organization – especially in Western countries where there are high standards of education – is to avoid alienating possible future converts to the movement by speaking or writing about the many miraculous claims of Sathya Sai Baba or by his devotees. The Scandinavian countries were instructed by Thorbjørn Meyer to play down all the kind of proclamations that “people would not easily understand”, including the miracles and Sathya Sai Baba’s many claims of being the Divine Avatar come to save humanity and his many other documented ‘fantastic’ statements (read a cross-section of these).

Despite all this, the Sathya Sai Organisation requires all its members to accept that Sathya Sai Baba is God, this being stated clearly in the paper which, in many countries, new members must sign according to the Charter of the Sathya Sai Organization (which is not a published document, but is kept with the circle of the faithful!). Those who will not accept this condition are either not allowed to become members or – if already so – are excluded from the Organisation. Though the Official Sathya Sai Baba website (), however, does promote four Sai Baba discourses as important ones, in which he makes claims of divinity and miracles, it has in its printed propaganda materials in Western countries increasingly edited this material in such a way as to reduce the claims For documentation and a more thorough examination of this deceit by the Sathya Sai Organisation, see Downgrading Divinity’ by Brian Steel

Of course, the official Sathya Sai Organization is unable to control the many websites of zealous true believer devotees of Sathya Sai Baba – or unwilling to try to do so – for, after all, most of Sathya Sai Baba’s attraction to the curious is the many fantastic claims about him. It is a kind of balancing act – a Janus-faced operation designed to attract more serious people by emphasising the social service projects in the name of Sai Baba and the values he promotes (in word if not in deed) yet not to alienate those who consider Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles to be the be-all-and-end-all of his supposed ‘mission to save humanity’.

After the BBC’s documentary on Sathya Sai Baba – The Secret Swami – was aired (despite legal efforts by Dr. Michael Goldstein and other Sai Organization leaders to stop it being aired), he wrote a circular in an attempt to rein in all devotees from anything but officially condoned or vetted contact with the media!

E-MAIL PUBLISHED ON AN INTERNET BULLETIN BOARD (error by an undisciplined devotee)Sathya Sai Baba\'s Dr. Goldstein

To: saibabanews@yahoogroups.com
From: “Laura” <joydrops@pon.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:37:47 -0800
Subject: [saibabanews] Fwd: Message from head of U.S. Sai Organization
Procedure to handle requests for filming interviews with devotees or officers at Sai centers or regional events by Media Companies Please carefully review the following letter from Dr. Goldstein on this subject:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Sai Ram!
Recently there have been several media companies who have expressed an interest in making a program or documentary on Swami, His Works, the Sai Organization. We have advised these parties that we do not wish to participate in their documentaries or take part in personal or group interviews. Specifically, the BBC is contemplating production of a video which would be controversial in nature. We have informed them that the Sri Sathya Sai Organizations do not wish to
participate in their project.
Therefore, should you be approached by any of these companies, or should they appear at any Sai Centers or Events with cameras, recorders, reporters, etc, please advise them respectfully that we do not wish to participate and politely ask them to leave the premises. If they do not comply with your polite request, then the appropriate authorities should be invoked, such as the person(s) responsible for the premises and/or the appropriate authorities.
Sincerely,
Michael Goldstein
If a Media Company approaches you concerning filming at your center, please follow the procedure outlined above and as soon as practical, please inform me by phone at 831-457-1983. This is very important.
Thanks.

More about this issue is found here


Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
View ex-follower signatures

(Spanish version
PETICIÓNPÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES)

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