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?God? (Sathya Sai Baba) Blunders On! ? On History
2011-01-02 02:04:00
Sathya Sai Baba's blunders on history and science are big. For some science examples, see the articles cited at the foot of this page. Readers perturbed to see their friends, family or colleagues getting into the Sathya Sai Baba cult may consider - if the victims are not too far blinded - sharing such materials as highlighted in red, below. A great many educated people have learnt enough history to see what absurd nonsense is revealed in such claims of Sathya Sai Baba. Yet here is a man - of imperial wealth and vast sway over the minds of many, including those supposedly educated - who proclaims to the millions that he is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. And that he is the 'Avatar' (embodiment of God on earth) who will effectively transform the entire world in his own lifetime. Here is a man - and no god of any sort - at whose feet successive Indian Prime Ministers, Presidents and other eminences, across a wide religious and political spectrum, have repeatedly fallen...
Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs At 85th Birthday Celebration (Video Footage)
2010-12-31 01:16:00
Over the years, we have received various reports of Sathya Sai Baba increasingly losing a composure that has been oft-noted in him for decades. But only recently has this type of behaviour been clear for all to see, and in video footage emanating from his own camp. During his November birthday, Sathya Sai Baba - in the midst of being praised for all the good he has done - broke down and sobbed deeply and for some time. To see this video,
The BBC?s ?The Secret Swami? (Sathya Sai Baba) On YouTube: A Tamil Version
2010-10-20 22:26:00
Calling Tamilians .... Kindly pass the word along. Someone has posted a Tamil version of the BBC's ''The Secret Swami'on YouTube. Amusingly, someone else has gone to all the effort of flooding the consecutive YouTube pages with quotes from Sathya Sai Baba.
Vishal Arora?s Article On Sathya Sai Baba
2010-10-14 22:35:00
I draw my readers' attention to the following articles by colleague and former head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization, Robert Priddy. Vishal Arora Indian journalist exposes Sathya Sai Baba Vishal Arora ? New Delhi Indian Journalist ? on Sathya Sai Baba Vishal Arora and Gerald Moreno?s vain deceptive e-mails Vishal Arora Indian journalist exposes Sathya Sai Baba Vishal Arora ? New Delhi Indian Journalist ? on Sathya Sai Baba
Commonwealth Games: ?Shining India?s? Mismanagement By Crisis. Sai Baba Not
2010-09-25 01:52:00
At the 11th hour, after India's fiasco-ridden series of chaotic mismanagements, India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh (a follower of Sathya Sai Baba), and emergency teams of officials are racing to save the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Former devotee writers and other critics correctly point (amid his many other failed predictions) to Sathya Sai Baba's inability to counteract - to all but the smallest degree - India's problems. (See the glaringly revealing scan from Sai Baba's close follower Dr John Hislop's book 'Conversations With Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba'', below). Despite the mass of contradictions and the vast corruptions in India, conscienceless attackers such as the Sathya Sai Baba man, Gerald Moreno of New Mexico, USA, allied with some of Sai Baba's notable followers, who stay in the background, accuses these critics of "India bashing". Such cultic blindess in a populist spokesperson is but the public face of countless Sai Baba followers whose heads are deeply ...
Institutional Sex Corruption: Plight of Roman Catholic Church and Sathya Sa
2010-09-19 01:00:00
In the face of far too powerful, worldwide exposure of endemic Roman Catholic Church corruption, Pope Benedict XVI has called for reconciliation. Only at this chronically late hour, and in the face of terrible and universal threat to his institution's survival, does he begin to treat sexual abuse as a reportable crime, and make apologies, and require his officials to take meaningful actions against the sexual abuse that the world now nows is rampant in his Church. It is the year 2010 and yet official communiques coming from the Vatican and other official sections of the Roman Catholic Church almost make it sound as though decades of sexual abuse complaints involving priests all over the world were something new. There may be contrite tears now, and official cries for reconciliation. But where were these down the decades of victims' anguish? The Sathya Sai Organization still has not come to this point. It too has lain low. It too has turned a hard heart of the cries of individua...
BBC Footage Still Potent In Exposing Sathya Sai Sect (See Video Clips and S
2010-09-16 22:11:00
A potent factor in successive waves leaving Sathya Sai Baba has been video footage exposing the fraudulence that is Sathya Sai Baba. Especially for those pressed for time, here are some decisive clips from the BBC's 'The Secret Swami'. Although the documentary was first aired in mid 2004, it has since been viewed in many countries worldwide, contributing to enormous damage done to the Sathya Sai Baba Organizaton, and the repute of its founder and those of his following who have - in some cases wittingly and in a great many cases all too unwittingly covered up for him.
Sathya Sai Baba and His ?Demons?
2010-09-09 02:22:00
There are many testimonies against the conduct of Sathya Sai Baba, and they frequently come from sources far remote from each other. Sometimes, indeed, the reports come from within other spiritual organizations where their members report having come to grief at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba. See my previous post: Sathya Sai Baba Sex ...
Sathya Sai Baba Sex Abuse Allegations: A Typical ?Iceberg Tip? Testimony
2010-09-06 06:54:00
I invite my reader to click across to Robert Priddy’s blogsite and read the short piece he has just blogged. These quoted emails are but an iceberg tip of testimony that we have encountered. I am confident that most readers would not feel up to processing many of the appalling abuse revelations that we have seen. As international co-ordinators on behalf of ...
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 6
2010-08-28 01:12:00
Importance to Morale Of Professional Counselors In Former Devotee Networking Among the increasingly networked former followers were mental health professionals, including highly qualified ones, up to associate professor in status. One felt thankful for the presence of these abuse counseling professionals. They, like many of us acquainted with compelling cases from around the world are in no doubt that Sathya Sai Baba has long been a serial sexual abuser of boys and young men, and other grave forms of abuse, including those by certain of his close associates. We laypersons can all learn, of course, more effective ways of managing shocking revelations that can occur in our lives. At the same time, the best of intentions can go awry if we mistake our limitations. We had to be aware, for example, that an abuse survivor who may sense urgency to warn and save others can risk unforeseen kinds of attack. This can relate to their families, professions, places of study, and so on. Those ...
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 5
2010-08-21 09:26:00
The series continues from:  A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 4.  Posted by Barry Pittard on July 27, 2010 A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 3.  Posted by Barry Pittard on July 25, 2010.  A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 2. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 23, 2010.  A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry ...
Sathya Sai Baba and the Law. Is A Real Pro-Con Discussion Possible?
2010-08-05 07:19:00
This post relates to my previous one: Why Have Ex-Devotees Not Landed Sathya Sai Baba In Jail? - Posted by Barry Pittard on July 31, 2010. Implicit is the hope that the articulate enquirer who first wrote to this site is not - although separate data indicates that he is Sathya Sai Baba devotee - an apparachik working hand-in-glove with the Sathya Sai Organization. After all, many who have approached us were once in the role of enquirer. Some took a year or more before they were able to transit from the position of troubled devotees to one in which they, having seriously investigated, saw the substance of various kinds of allegations against Sathya Sai Baba and his key servitors. My reader will, I think, quickly get a gist of the correspondence. As can be seen from the post cited above, I first requested that the writer of the email sent to this blogsite confirm the email status. I then wrote some points, along with links I thought may help elucidate the writer's query. The reply...
Why Have Ex-Devotees Not Landed Sathya Sai Baba In Jail?
2010-07-31 07:28:00
An individual just wrote to this site. The reader will readily pick up the issues in reading on: ..... ......... Should I feel that you show a robust readiness to read these and other basic readings, some of which should begin to answer, in a variety of ways, the query that you have put to me, and a truthful sincerity to engage (as thus far) in a civil correspondence where it is not your intention to abuse or libel many wonderful people who have left Sathya Sai Baba, I shall be glad to correspond with you.
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 4
2010-07-26 22:52:00
The series continues from: A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 3. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 25, 2010. A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 2. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 23, 2010. A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 1. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2010 ...............................-...............................-... In the article: Sathya Sai Baba Organization?s Betrayal of Love and Compassion, I wrote (referring to Terry Gallagher, the first head of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization, who at first hand probed allegations about Sathya Sai Baba's serial sexual abuse of boys and young men, and consequently resigned): At length by telephone, he told me that, against extraordinary unwillingness of devotees to look at the allegations, he had done what he could to investigate and surface the terrible facts about Sai Baba?s serial sexual abuse of young males. He told me that he had extensively shown documentation to Va...
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 3
2010-07-24 23:17:00
The series continues from: A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 2. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 23, 2010. A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 1. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2010 Apart from Terry Gallagher, the other two individuals whose articles appeared in the Nexus magazine also had respected histories as Sathya Sai Baba devotees. One of the articles related the frightening escape experiences of wife and husband Gurprit and Jens Singh (Germany), who sought the assistance of the (then) Federal West German Embassy in New Delhi. I have written of this couple here: ?BILD? Story. ?Guru Wants Sex? (Sathya Sai Baba). The other author was Hans de Kraker (Australia). Sathya Sai Baba appointed de Kraker Western Canteen Director, a position he held from 1989 to 1997. Nexus magazine covers many stories which the media has not run or else run extensively. There is sworn testimony in both these cases.
A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 1
2010-07-20 00:07:00
For twenty five years, I was deeply devoted to Sathy Sai Baba. He is widely regarded as India's most famous and most politically and religiously powerful guru. At his behest, and as an unpaid service, I taught all three years intake in the Humanities degree course at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India (1977-1978). In particular, quite apart from a large workload with the first two years, to have been handed the college Principal's third year English lectures was a considerable challenge for which I shall always be grateful, especially given that this was my first teaching job, except for school experience in my teaching diploma, and my coaching at a college in Australia that helped put me through university, and having also just done post graduate theatre training.
Gerald Moreno: No Real Sai Baba Devotee Could Applaud
2010-07-14 02:34:00
It would not be possible for any professional, nor indeed competent school students of clear thinking, to view as urbane, civil and non-defamatory the writings of the internet fanatic, stalker and extreme manipulator of internet rankings, Gerald Joe Moreno, of New Mexico, USA. In striking at prominent former devotee coordinators, he will even abuse the names of their family members. The independent British author of books and papers on religion and philosophy Kevin R.D. Shepherd writes:
Does ?Forgiveness? Mean Letting Offenders Ride Rough Shod Over Us?
2010-07-08 00:11:00
If I had to make a list of systemically misleading topics that of 'forgiveness' would have to rank near the top. Wooly notions about it all too readily allow perpetrators to go free and without challenge. They can remain perpetrators, and their victims left in abject circumstance. Those who advocate passive types of forgiveness too often invite themselves to be trodden upon
Alexandra Nagel. A Seminal Writer On Sathya Sai Baba, A Guru Accused
2010-07-02 22:35:00
Rapidly, from around the world, there was an upthrust of allegation and counter-allegation. Apart from material often by non-writers, there was serious, sustained, analytical work. After the watershed first two to three years of internet exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his sect, others than the Dutch former devotee academic writer Alexandra Nagel, like Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Timothy Conway Ph.D., and myself took issues to many other levels, but certainly Ms Nagel's writing was seminal, and it would be a pity to see it neglected. (Her M.A. thesis deals with aspects of the History of Western Esotericism). Though she has dealt with internet issues, she herself has not had a blogsite or website. Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Timothy Conway have long had extensive websites. The the former two have blogsites, and I have this one, 'Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba'. See: A Guru Accused. Sai Baba, from Avatar to Homo-paedophile. Alexandra H. M. Nagel. ...
Sathya Sai Baba?s Chief Broadcaster Dr G. Venkataraman: Select Critical Art
2010-06-23 23:04:00
Sathya Sai Baba Broadcaster Dr G. Venkarataraman: Select Critical Articles, by Barry Pittard Dr Venkataraman is about as close to Sathya Sai Baba as it is possible to get. His worldwide brief as his international broadcaster and his deputy chairmanship of the Sathya Sai Organization makes it revelvant to look at his performance. The reader may keep in mind the question: Is Venkataraman's performance what one would expect of a chief disciple of - supposedly - God fully incarnate? Of course, even the most eminent disciples of famous spiritual leaders of the past made some bad showings, but (if the historical records are to be credited) turned out okay in the final run home. But has Venkataraman done so? A detailed analyis of Venkatarman at work is found in Robert Priddy's and Barry Pittard's jointly authored, four-part article 'The Sathya Sai Organization's Deception and Propaganda Exposed'
Indian State High Court Blow For Swami Nityananda In Big Sex Case
2010-06-17 02:35:00
As previously pointed out at 'Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba', the Nityananda case has had huge coverage India-wide. The battery of television cameras point and shoot at even the most trivial details, along with excited commentary. Wealthy, influential and international though it is, Nityananda's organization cannot bear comparison with the enormous wealth, political and religious clout of Sathya Sai Baba and his global Sathya Sai Organization.
Barry Pittard?s Guide To His Articles On The BBC?s ?The Secret Swami? (Expo
2010-06-06 01:25:00
Busy journalists, scholars, institutional researchers, and the probing reader in general can do with shortcuts. The following is a guide to my articles written in six years on the BBC's one-hour documentary, The Secret Swami, which, according to the BBC itself, has been aired in some two hundred countries.
Sathya Sai Baba Cultist Yaani Drucker Claims Spiritual Enlightenment
2010-05-28 23:27:00
It is instructive to see the cultic mind at work. Too often, it conceals itself. Yaani Drucker - the Sathya Sai Baba worshipper who publicly claims that she has now achieved Enlightenment and runs workshops that aim to put others on the same path - has again written to a former follower of Sathya Sai Baba. Throughout her many statements, she fails to realise that, as a public figure, her advice on how to deal with rape and other traumatic experience, is far from what those in crisis care regard as advisable. Yet again, in her email to Robert Priddy, her own extremely simplistic assumptions give her away. She is as careless in small matters as in great. In a relatively small matter, reminding one of her own assumption that I am a psychologist, she has just written to Robert Priddy, telling him that his Ph.D., excludes him from any expertise in commenting about matters of Enlightenment. The fact is, that Robert Priddy does not have a Ph.D., and it has been known for many decades to ...
Swami Nityananda Sex Scandal News Round Up
2010-05-24 22:08:00
The following is a quite brief but useful selection of Indian press articles. They suffice to give a sense of the unfolding of the Nityananda sex scandal saga. It is a great pity that Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors are not being held to public accountability. He is vastly more powerful and influential than Nityananda. It does India no credit, nationally or internationally, that she occasionally nets in a few minnows and not the tiger sharks. The enormous public reaction to the Nityananda case furnishes a picture that makes two issues extremely clear. The first is that blind faith in gurus down the milennia has been made a matter of wide public debate. The other is that new generations are beginning to throw off the shackles of the past. The question that remains is whether Indian shall ever become the great democracy that she could be. These factors are well brought out, if rather wordily, by the South Indian lawyer. See my note, and the video links, at:
Lawyer K.V.Dhananjay on Swami Nityananda Furore In India
2010-05-24 06:52:00
For those who appreciate a calm, rational discussion of issues relating to the Swami Nityananda sex case in India, the following interview of the South Indian lawyer K.V. Dhananjay is worth watching. India's vastly overloaded and deeply-flawed justice system is made most apparent. Difficulties in bringing any formal justice to Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors can be inferred from this discussion It is these grave difficulties which Sathya Sai Baba's de facto apologists, ever ready in violation of their guru's teachings against harsh words and other forms of attack, completely - and with great shallowness - would try to deny.
Nityananda, Sathya Sai Baba et al? Do Hindus Really Approve Sexual Immorali
2010-05-21 02:05:00
The court appearances of Swami Nityananda of India on charges of improper sexual behaviour towards a number of young women have made him the butt of outrage throughout India. Innumerable news articles, blogs, chatrooms, attest to the overwhelming abhorence of a very broad Hindu public for the types of sexual practices being referred to in the Nityananda court proceedings. In recent years, a top-ranking Hindu leader sent me an email (which can be verfied for bona fide media and scholars who may wish to check that what networked former Sathya Sa Baba devotees and other critics claim is true). See: Sathya Sai Baba: ?Considerable Concern? In Wider Hindu Community. This outstanding leader, recognized by a wide cross-section of Hindu organizations in his country, wrote: ?There is considerable concern among the Hindu Community, especially among the educated. It is very hard to get any action from the temples as they do not wish to cause difficulties with the Sathya Sai Baba groups. Peo...
Sathya Sai Organization Spurns Leave-takers Whom It Formerly Honored For De
2010-05-20 02:37:00
One of two documents addressed which prominent ex-office bearers in the Sathya Sai Organization have addressed to Sathya Sai Baba's top officials is: "Towards Public Accountability and Due Investigation: A Formal Open Appeal To 'The Prashanti Council'" The so-called 'Prashanthi Council' is the ruling body over all Sathya Sai Baba instrumentalities. There was not even the courtesy of acknowledgement. It mattered nothing that signatories had given decades of the utmost dedicated service in his name. Or that they reflected the feelings of a great many who have, prompted by the keenest ethical principle, left Sathya Sai Baba and his organization. At the head of the international Sathya Sai Organization is Dr Michael Goldstein, of Corvena, California, USA. Here he is, caught by a BBC hidden camera (See: The BBC's 'The Secret Swami' - A Revision ):
Priest Abuse. Long-denied Justice Catching Up In Australia
2010-05-17 22:13:00
The gradual, but terribly long-delayed victory of those activists who have spoken out about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church is happening. Unfortunately, organizations which also have long histories of perpetuating cover up frequently evade scrutiny. The Sathya Sai Organization, with its immense wealth and international outreach, is but one of many. I commend this material from our national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I have excerpted this article of last night, which is accompanied by video footage. No percipient reader in the world can now doubt that the Vatican is enaged in massive efforts at damage control. It cannot now of course deny its incredibly appalling record. The notion of 'coming clean' - which in certain respects the Roman Catholic Church is beginning to do - becomes the more strange when one considers that the dirt an the hiding of the dirt have been endemic for so long. In this light, the notion that we now live in 2010 becom...
Robert Priddy On Jaani Drucker, As Sathya Sai Baba Cultist In Denial
2010-05-12 04:06:00
Robert Priddy has just blogged the article: Jaani Drucker ? wild claims not supported by her actions , Posted by robertpriddy on May 11, 2010. He refers to my series quoting and commenting on correspondence between Jaani Drucker and myself: Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence) Part 1 Exchanges of views on how rape and sexual abuse affect the real person or whether they merely affect the body, as is held by rape victim Jaani Drucker. Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondance) Part 2 Jaani Drucker continually responds to neither to the spirit or the letter of her claim that " happy to discuss and debate issues" rather flatly rejecting all points on the ground that she knows the ultimate truth. Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Jaani Drucker Correspondance) Part 3 Jaani Drucker evades Pittard's contention that those who have had such traumatic experiences need to reach out to an experienced, qualified profession, and th...
The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba?s Embarrassing Statements
2010-05-06 02:03:00
The official Sathya Sai 'weeders' have removed the presence on the internet of major Sathya Sai Baba claims. These are of the sort bound to attract prompt dismissal in the minds of many enquirers. An extremely wide cross-section of any public, except those of his own fold, would regard his claims as stemming from megalomania. And it is those enquirers - and the money and skill-sets that successful recruitment can bring - that Sathya Sai Baba's organization desperately needs as donors if it is to continue to pay its astronomical bills. What to speak of subsidizing his promise to rule the world before he leaves it, circa 2022! It should be noted that the huge claims have not, in and of themselves, been withdrawn. But they are being kept as in-house as possible. Secular fronts like his 'Education in Human Values' and 'Educare' have been developed, which aim to penetrate schools, universities and and other mainstream institutions. But the tall claims are an absolute article of ...
More Testimony To Male Sexual Abuse By Sathya Sai Baba
2010-04-30 23:07:00
Below, Sebastian Engelbarts of The Netherlands relates his account of abuse experiences at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba. I need hardly point out that many testimonies have been shared with us with the request that they be kept confidential, and Robert Priddy and I (in our role of coordinators) have respected this. Others have stated that would only wish to make public their experiences in the context of investigation by, for example, a respected organization such as the BBC, Times of London, UNESCO, etc and/or by a court of law in a demoncratic country. I wish to add, as often, that for those who wish to avail themselves of legal or counseling services, we are happy to assist in obtaining those in the context of international best practice, with all the proper guarantees of accountability. In genuine circumstances of need, professionals in these areas can look to fee modification or waiver.
Sathya Sai Baba?s Tips To Keep Ageing Away
2010-04-29 01:26:00
Examination of recent photos on an official website show the way in which select students surround him at closer quarters than hitherto and with great vigilance, their faces and body language clearly anxious lest he topple over. Here, too, one observes the immobile face: On stage before February 2004?s Mahasivaratri crowd, the BBC cameras (in footage that would later become part of 'The Secret Swami', which has been seen in over 120 countries around the world) show Sai Baba looking increasingly sick. He produces the lingam, and the materialization trick demonstrated by Professor Narendra Nayak is easy for the viewer to spot, the lingam being concealed in Sai Baba?s handkerchief. In the ensueing documentary, the BBC journalist Tanya Datta comments: ?To the alarm of the crowd suddenly Sai Baba collapsed. His huge coterie of staff swung into action. There was panic. An organisation used to tight control seemed to have lost its grip. Sai Baba was hastily wheeled off stage.? Later...
Nityananda Scandal. Police Seize Indicting Material. Why No Raids On Sathya
2010-04-25 23:34:00
Why are Indian authorities and the Indian media so selective in exposing errant religious figures in that country. Anyone who knows a wide cross-section of Indians is well aware of the great shame they feel for the corrupt institutions in their country? Non-resident Indians (NRI's) are freely able to read exposing investigations in major western media such as the BBC, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, and newspapers in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc., but are prohibited from doing so in their own country. In short, why is Nityananda being investigated and not Sathya Sai Baba too. In short, someone far more powerful and influential than Nityananda, and who commands almost unimaginable wealth?
Typical Testimony of Sathya Sai Baba?s Sex Abuse of Young Males
2010-04-10 23:01:00
Since circa 2000, and up to very recent times, former devotee and other networked critics of Sathya Sai Baba have had to read – and also hear directly such disturbing testimonies as the following. The primary witnesses and their families come from many countries round the world. One of the many components of our support ...
Is Heat Too Much For Swami Nityananda, Under Fire By Sex Abuse Allegations?
2010-04-02 13:30:00
To explode vast naivety based on blind, unquestioning faith, it may take a great many major exposures of powerful institutions, and the charismatic leaders often associated with them. Tainted godman quits all posts of ashram D.P Satish, CNN-IBN Posted on Mar 30, 2010 at 08:25 Bangalore: Tainted godman Swami Nityananda has decided to step down from all posts of his ashram to lead a life of spiritual seclusion. This, after a controversial CD surfaced three weeks ago, showing him in a compromising position with a Tamil film actress.
SaBoy Scouts of America ? Sex Abuse Revelations. Who Next?
2010-03-30 23:31:00
Now the Boy Scouts o America is under scrutiny for its practices in dealing - and not dealing - with the sexual abuse issue. In recent articles at 'Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba', I have been pointing to cases in other areas which have, in many cases, taken years of persistent activism by those who have exposed appalling levels of cover up by powerful institutions. Typically found throughout all these institutions are the themes of psychological denial by the generality of followers and deliberate denial by those authorities who know the facts and go to great lengths to hide them. The amount of denigration, name-calling, distortion of what is being said, shunning, libel and defamation of those who have stood forth to reveal the facts, are also typical. They fly completely in the face of the professed ethical and spiritual teachings of those instituitions, which in many cases are unexceptionable.
Sexual Abuse Priests. What?! The Pope Never Knew?
2010-03-28 01:37:00
Some international commentators opine that there is a net of terrible revelation closing in on Pope Benedict XVI. One revelation after another indicates that he has for many years known about the endemic sexual abuses, both of children and adults, happening within the Roman Catholic Church. And that he has, all along, failed with any probity to act. To the contrary, he has called, along, for secrecy. (I shall shortly turn to the mounting allegations of massive cover up of sexual abuse by the Boy Scout's of America) If any should think that the Vatican has not been for centuries, and is to this day, a heavy hitter in the murky world of realpolitik, they have not paused to read even the standard historical accounts.
Why Nithyananda Sex Scandal Investigations and Not A Sathya Sai Baba Probe
2010-03-26 02:50:00
The Nithyananda sex scandal unfolds in India. One might well wonder - although a great many Indians who know the corruption that pervades the power elites in India will not be puzzled - why there have been decades of news blanketing in that country of of reports that threaten the power and prestige of Sathya Sai Baba.
Roman Catholics? Deep Concern At Pope?s Apology. But He Is Way Ahead Of Ind
2010-03-23 04:57:00
It is enormously instructive to watch the unfolding saga of papal apology for clergy sexual abuse. Large numbers of both Roman Catholics and others round the world have expressed deep dissatisfaction with the Pope's apology. They say that it goes nowhere far enough, and does not address acute issues of crime and punishment.
BBC Transcript ?The Secret Swami? (Sathya Sai Baba?s Frauds Exposed)
2010-03-21 02:09:00
Former devotee and other writers critical of Sathya Sai Baba are experiencing a marked upsurge in interest. Among this, there are scholarly interests new to us, and the distinction in this quarter ranges from post-graduate to professorial. One of the difficulties scholars, journalists and other investigators have with the Sathya Sai Organization is that it is highly secretive. The BBC documentary was well-named: The Secret Swami. Many who have not the remotest connection with those former devotees who have in the past testified are finding their own experiences chronicled at this blogsite and other sites of former devotees and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. Raising an international or national class action litigation would have its own sets of difficulties, but as increased activity occurs, any who are interested in seeing the worldwide exposure of one of history's most powerful religious betrayals is welcome to contact Robert Priddy (a retired philosopher and so...
Standing Up To Cultic Monoliths. (Sathya Sai Baba Organization Example)
2010-03-16 23:33:00
Confronted by the smallest questioning of Sathya Sai Baba, his defenders commonly refer to instances such as the miracles he is supposed to have performed. Or indeed those phenomena which have happened beyond his physical presence but been related to him in some way. Yet there is much proof that he routinely fakes these performances. Many of his devotees know that he has bungled various "miracles"; however, they take refuge in such notions as that he is only testing their faith. They will not examine the large corpus of evidence that exposes him, as the BBC did with its cameras in 2004. See: BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip) The BBC's 'The Secret Swami' - A Revision BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Sai Baba No Shiva. Gold From His Gut Is Regurgitator's Trick
Reply To Yaani (?Have Truth, Will Travel?) Drucker?s Request To Remove Blog
2010-03-14 21:49:00
Dear Yaani, I have carefully thought through your request that I take down what I have written on yourself and your husband Professor Drucker. These posts were made with genuineness, time, effort and care. You have since sent a number of documents that you say show you to be a good person. You referred to your "purity of heart". Yaani, I will not entertain any implication that many former devotees who have raised the issues of which I have written are not good people, too. It is you who are "not listening". You are not listening to them - whom you once respected as your fine 'Sai brothers and sisters'. They feel let down by you both, especially Al. Perhaps at some time, you will be ready to answer my questions properly, instead of via emotionalism (which is very different to emotion). Should you and/or Al be ready to make out a response, I shall be glad to give your answers ample space at http://barrypittard.wordpress.c-om (Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya S...
Nityananda Sex Scandal Erupts in India. Sathya Sai Baba Lessons?
2010-03-12 00:27:00
More than once, I have alluded to that India which is profoundly wonderful, and which has been traduced by her often immeasurably corrupt elites. Sometimes - often according to presence or lack of the 'right' political patronage and the amounts of money and other enticements at stake - the crimes of gurus are exposed but often the cover up is great. However, there is a real backlash against corrupt gurus in recent days. A hugely publicized sex scandal involving Swami Nityananda is part of the outrage.
Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence)
2010-03-02 10:12:00
This piece continues from:  Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence) Part 5 - my response to Yaani Drucker, who wrote to me in the first instance. Many Sathya Sai devotees worldwide have hero-worshipped her and her husband Professor Al Drucker (formerly with NASA). To some devotees, it has not mattered that Sai Baba has treated them both very harshly ...
Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence)
2010-02-28 03:48:00
Continuing from: Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Jaani Drucker Correspondance) Part 4 .... , my response to Yaani Drucker, who claims on her website to be enlightened, and to "Have truth, will travel". She wrote to me that: "I am happy to discuss and debate issues. I have responded to every issue you raised". However, readers who appreciate norms of language, logic and sticking to points raised will see clearly that Ms Drucker veers (not at all, I think, meaning to be dishonest) away from issues put to her. She also reveals a strong tendency to assume that her view of strange events in the presence of Sathya Sai Baba must be the correct. In fact, the state of scientific knowledge DOES allow us to make eminently reasonable alternative interpretations of what Ms Drucker takes to be inviolable truths (perhaps I should have capitalized the last word). She writes: .......
Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence)
2010-02-25 23:26:00
Continuing from: Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Jaani Drucker Correspondance) Part 2 .... , my response to Yaani Drucker, who claims on her website to be enlightened, and to "Have truth, will travel". She wrote to me: "And when we know who we are, we will know a little better who Sai Baba is. So the task at hand is to know yourself, rather than spending your time trying to pin a crime on Sai Baba. However if you wish to pursue that course, Sai Baba does say Inimical Bhakti is the fastest path to truth, so I am sure it is serving the highest good". Note: I had pointed out to Ms Drucker that it is important for survivors of severe trauma to seek qualified professional counseling, and also (bearing in mind that she is a public figure) she has the responsibility correctly to model this kind of service to those who read her writings.
Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence)
2010-02-23 22:30:00
Continuing from: Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Jaani Drucker Correspondance) Part 2 .... , my response to Yaani Drucker, who claims on her website to be enlightened, and to "Have truth, will travel". She has explained that her "rape experience happened in 1985, in a house next to the Stanton Sai Center, on the same property as the Sai center in S. California". I have suggested to her that those who have had such traumatic experiences need to reach out to an experienced, qualified profession, and that it is a dangerous undertaking to recommend a course of action which relies on faith or notions of enlightenment alone. She replied: "Is it necessary for a rape victim to receive professional counseling? This assumes that psychology/ psychotherapy has answers that ABSOLUTE TRUTH does not".
Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence) Part 2
2010-02-22 02:40:00
Continuing from: Reply To Claimer of Enlightenment (Jaani Drucker Correspondance) Part 1 .... , my response to Jaani Drucker, who claims both in correspondence and on her website to be enlightened, and to "Have truth, will travel". In an email to me, she says, "Baba demonstrates that He clearly manipulates the laws of physical reality, because He can". In another email, she says: "Sai Baba has demonstrated powers of omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence. I am convinced of His divinity and that everything He does is in the service of the uplift of all. He knows the past, present and future of each of us, and He knows how to transform the world into a world of peace, love and joy for all". She put the question to me: "Is it necessary for a rape victim to receive professional counseling? This assumes that psychology/ psychotherapy has answers that ABSOLUTE TRUTH does not". ------------------------- Note: Ms Drucker writes that "I am happy to discuss and debate issues. I...
Reply To Claimer of Spiritual Enlightenment (Yaani Drucker Correspondence)
2010-02-20 12:32:00
Below, I respond to Yaani Drucker - who initially wrote to me. For many years, she and her husband Professor Al Drucker (formerly with NASA) have been hero-worshipped by many Sathya Sai devotees worldwide. Ms Drucker has made some facts very clear, although readers may decide whether I am correct in saying that she veers (I think not with deliberate dishonesty) away from key points that I have made.
U.S. State Department Named Sathya Sai Baba To BBC?s ?The Secret Swami?
2010-01-31 01:55:00
(The late) Glen Meloy and U.S. Citizens from an array of professions, and others including myself, made very carefully documented disclosures about allegations confronting Sathya Sai Baba. After former devotees, both in the U.S. and internationally, had spent a great deal of time and effort, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning to U.S. citizens traveling in Sai Baba's State, Andhra Pradesh, in South India. This was reflected in the 'Travel warning page and Consular information sheet, November 23, 2000'. (Note on Glen Meloy, loved and honored by many Sai devotees during his 26 years of service and devotion to Sai Baba, and by hundreds of former devotees whom he magnificently supported in the aftermath of Sathya Sai Baba's profound betrayal of faith, see: Glen Meloy (?Standing up for truth and goodness?) ? In Memoriam )
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