Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

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Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL)

Posted by robertpriddy on February 15, 2015

The so-called ‘Sathya Sai University’ first opened in 1981 as ‘Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Studies’  (later changed to ‘… Higher Learning’). Its policy is that its students must learn what they are taught to think and believe, certainly not to study to become independent thinkers. ‘Higher Learning’ expresses the pretension behind all Sai Baba education, namely, that it purveys ‘spiritual wisdom’ (what SB himself called Divine wisdom) prior to any ‘worldly sciences’ or humanities. It is based on Hindu values, only secondarily on genuine knowledge (which Sai Baba defined only as knowledge of God). The values, which Sai Baba insisted were divine values laid down once and for all by God, he deceptively called ‘Human Values’, in an attempt to make them more widely acceptable. Sathya Sai University has no academic standing in any statistic, and is absolutely not significant in any subjects in the sciences or humanities. Nonetheless, Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning was declared a ‘deemed’ University by Madhuri Shah, devotee and Chairperson of the University Grants Commission, on a par with the rest of India’s Centres of Higher Learning!

A couple of decades later the Indian authorities elevated that Institute into a fully accredited university, due to Sai Baba’s increased political and financial influence. It is a faith university, and is completely inconsequential as regards science and humanities. After Sai Baba’s death, the University was demoted back to the status of mere ‘deemed university’ again. Not surprising, since being of such a low educational level, many of its graduates could not think outside their mental learn-by-rote boxes – nor were they allowed to expose the many fallacious and ignorant ‘teachings’ of Sai Baba that were part of their daily fare. The famous former editor of Sai Baba’s journal, V.K. Narasimhan, told me in the mid 1990s how appalling were the rote-learning methods and standards of education there, because most who obtained Ph. D. degrees there were unable to partake intelligently in informed discussion, having no independence of thought but mostly only being able to regurgitate what they had been taught. I found this to be very much the case when I tried to engage certain students I met after their graduation.

Kartick Vaddadi, a former student at Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions, had written succinctly and frankly about his time there, providing serious food for thought to anyone considering joining Sai educational institutions which are set such draconian limitations on students’ freedom of speech, movements, and access to world culture (Internet being forbidden) as to be outright repressive of their human rights. Quite apart from that their pedagogy and intellectual standards are largely redundant.  Vaddadi sums it up:  …going to this college is not worth the cost, intellectual and emotional. Years after graduating from this college, I’m still uncomfortable with people, distrustful of groups, and in general not as happy as I would be if I went to another college.” See his full incisive presentation: Life at Sathya Sai University

On top of this comes the total non-accountability of all Sai Baba institutions. The colleges etc., do not even answer letters of these imply any sort of questioning or call for investigation! This imperious policy was brought out into the to light after the utmost scandals about innumerable sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba of young boys at his school and colleges, the cold-blooded execution with his complicity of four protesting devotees in 1993  and the massive and total cover-up of all of this – including protection of Sai Baba from prosecution by Indian PMs, Presidents and top members of the judiciary. With this in mind, only badly misinformed or indoctrinated parents would every send their sons to any of those Sai Baba institutions.

Sai Baba’s teachings and education in total academic isolation  Those chosen by Sathya Sai Baba for top offices in his organisation and institutions (for all the academic titles they flaunt) show themselves to be isolated from the entire world education research community and lacking in up-to-date in modern knowledge and intellectuality. Not a single one of them seems to have published a major serious work of impact on peers or the informed public in science, philosophy or other comparable serious literature, yet many are at the same time hagiographic writers about Sathya Sai Baba. Sai Baba himself is more or less unknown to – and unmentioned by – any major world thinker of high achievement. Incidentally, nor is he quoted or referred to by any important world religious leaders.

Open the comment to appreciate the glaring emptiness of a Sai Baba discourse on his students. Among the false claims and boasts, note in particular:-

Sai Baba denounced highly educated people in general: “There are many in this world who are highly educated, but are they rendering any service to the nation? No.”

He boasted that his students surpass others: “In other academic centres students are interested in pursuing higher studies for their own selfish ends, but our students are not interested in accumulating degrees, but in disseminating their knowledge for the benefit of others.

and finally: “In future, many great events are going to take place. The country need not fear. Bharat will certainly become a land of plenty and prosperity. Our students will contribute a lot to the development of the nation. They are the future leaders. It is a matter of great joy for Me to see the students as future leaders.

However, so far not one former student can be located who is a leader of any account in India! A land of plenty and prosperity? No! Alas, a land of penury and calamity, corruption and bribery, for the vast majority.

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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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