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Sathya Sai Baba?s Ignoring of Women. And Especial Focus On Boys and Young M
2012-04-12 12:19:00
Today, in tribute to motherhood, I wrote a lyric. I have long noticed how so many mothers pass themselves off, in self-diminishment, as "just a mother". For inspiration, I used an instrumental piece of music by Sir Karl Jenkins, the great contemporary British composer: 'Children of Dannu'. You may like to sing the words along with the music, HERE: Sathya Sai Baba's endless harshness are the very antithesis of the profound tenderness Sir Karl Jenkins expresses in 'Children of Danu' (and so very much of his other music) No matter how much Sathya Sai Baba's devotee's may like to deny his many downputs about women, he was severely misogynistic. He held a yearly 'Ladies Day', but his discourses and behaviour on this and many other occasions show that he often did not, where it counts, honor them at all. His organization, both past and today, is extremely chauvinistic and male-dominated. Like many of his beliefs, it is as though no sociocultural sea changes had ever happ...
Michael J. Hollander: A Sathya Sai Baba Preacher of ?Woe-Unto-The-Wicked?
2012-01-16 03:04:00
I remember Michael Hollander This was in the early 1970's, when I taught for two years at the Sathya Sai College (1978-79) and heard that Sai Baba had selected a woman named Faith, a leader in a New York Sai center, as a wife for Hollander. At a time when very few westerners lived around Sai Baba, she came to spend prolonged time in quiet, focused spiritual retreat. She, her fellow devotees said, preferred to live, spiritually speaking, "married only to Swami". But, regarding him as all-knowing and all-seeing, she could not but comply with his wishes. I was quickly summoned to be some-sort-of 'best man' at this small wedding. I was aware of Michael Hollander as a rather robust, enthusiastic bhajan singer, who was very eager to lead bhajans (conducted from approximately 9am to 5pm) during Thursday and Sunday lunch-times when the experienced singers retired for lunch. Sathya Sai Baba conducted Michael and Faith's wedding in his interview room at the Whitefield campus. I can sti...
Traveller?s Aid
2012-01-09 03:38:00
I wish a Happy New Year to all. I am thankful that, since early 2007, many hundreds of thousands of readers have visited this blog. Each of us plants seeds that grow, hoping they will turn out well, no matter what the terrain - parents, their children; teachers, their charges; visionaries, their creations, and so on. We can all grow a tree that will become a bone-sore weary traveller's aid. Possibly more than at any other time, the world - whose population late last year exceeded seven billion people - needs each of us who can do it to plant physical trees, and other wholesome, much-needed plants which will aid a profoundly compromised planet. So that we can breathe. And many other measures that protect the planet. The other 'seeds' that need planting are those which relate to the practical implementation of ethics key to many belief systems, religious and secular. It is no use merely to write and mouth facts, like the endless Sathya Sai Speaks series, but to discover or red...
Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations ? Barry Pittard articles: 2007 to 201
2011-11-22 13:34:00
Below, I have excerpted from my articles posted on or close to each Sathya Sai Baba birthday celebration. These go back to 2007, the year in which I began 'Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba. One of the key reasons why Robert Priddy and I continue to expose the Sathya Sai Baba cult is that his worldwide Sathya Sai Organization, though it is in vast public discredit and struggling to remain intact, continues to draw unwitting people into its thrall. Now and then, members of major international media continue to consult us, and find us unflaggingly truthful, carefully analytic and responsible, as do other organizations and persons who stand against cultic dangers to human well-being. Repeatedly, it is the many Sathya Sai Baba devotees who - abjectly forgetful of Sai Baba's constantly harped-upon preachments about love, peace and sweet-spokenness - break the teachings common to many religions and philosophical systems . Their commonsense and decency par...
Puttaparthi Sai Baba Birthday 2011 ? Where Have All The Golden Pomp and Cir
2011-11-20 02:29:00
The late Sathya Sai Baba's birthday celebrations occur on 23 November. As usual, around this time, there is an upsurge of visitors to this blogsite and that of Robert Priddy. However, in comparison to other years, the numbers are much down, very much as Sai Baba himself is forever down in the earth, and his devotees infinitely down in the dumps. After his death in on 24 April 2011, and the terrible fighting over managerial succession at Puttaparthi, and then the discovery - not of spiritual treasure but - untold hoarded treasure in Sai Baba's private quarters, the international Sathya Sai Organization is in vast disarray. See: ?Secret Swami? (Late) Sai Baba: Vast Millions In Hoard Found Hidden In His Palace-Temple and: Sai Baba: hoarding, secrecy, mistrust, powerlessness, deceit Since our work of international exposure via world leading media began in 1999, the cult has suffered regular resignation upheavals, including of foremost leaders. Indeed, many people leave informally....
Sathya Sai Organization Shields Its Accused Members From Investigation
2011-10-13 03:13:00
This lack of speaking up, of questioning, profoundly ails the organization. It is also why, for example, so many costly drives in luxurious venues fail. See: ?Secret Swami? Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues Those of us who have stood forth have often been assailed by Sai Baba activists such as Gerald Moreno, of New Mexico, USA, who deride Sai Baba's accusers for not having succeeded in court actions. However, the difficulties the victims face are formidable. Many of them wish to hide what they regard as their sense of shame. They do not wish to suffer discrimination against them in their personal or professional lives. Many have friends or relatives still closely associated with the Sathya Sai Organization. Sadly, many of them will not reach out for professional counseling, even though offered excellently qualified professional counseling. These and other formidable obstacles are familiar to all those familiar with the years of denial and cover up in the case of such institu...
Sai Baba of Shirdi: Sathya Sai Baba?s Tall Claims (Part 1)
2011-10-05 09:52:00
A few days back, Robert Priddy posted about Sathya Sai Baba's claims to have incarnated the major Indian saint Shirdi Sai Baba. See: Shirdi Sai stated ?I am not God?, while Sathya misrepresented him For those interested in looking at a few of the issues involved in such spectacular claims, I shall, in the next few days, further give some comments and links. On his way to becoming his own notion of Avatar of all Avatars, did Sathya Sai Baba truly believe that he had incarnated in the 19th century in the north-west Indian state of Maharashtra? Or was he shrewdly aware of practising a deception? My own guess is that, like others who have extraordinary inner experiences, he may have been in the grip of very powerful aspects of mind - especially the right brain - of which we understand far too little. In certain unusual states of mind, an individual believes that extraordinary, real-seeming experiences are actually God's voice speaking out of a burning bush to Moses. Actually, Al...
Article Series Asks Sathya Sai Alumni To Admit Large-Scale Male Sexual Abus
2011-08-13 02:00:00
The following excerpts are from my recent article series, the main burthen of which to say that alumni of Sathya Sai education institutions now have a unique opportunity. I was a lecturer, (1978-1979, at the Sathya Sai College, outside Bangalore, South India. By showing fearlessness, truthfulness and compassion for those who suffer - virtues endlessly preached in Sai institutions - they can tear aside the veil of taboo against addressing sexual abuse. It is a suppression extremely prevalent in India. But, then, extreme conditions are those in which courage in straight speaking and clear moral action are called for. Since, like many teachers everywhere, my fond hopes for my former students to turn out well, have never died, I would dearly wish to see them vividly live those vivid speeches that Sai Baba's handpicked students would give. Perhaps forever doomed to disappointment will be those many listeners who have fondly thought that the rousing speeches of these students predicte...
Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba?s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Ac
2011-07-16 12:59:00
 A formidable legal challenge is being mounted against those who aided and abetted Sathya Sai Baba in what many say are heinous and immoral acts against boys and young men, what to mention other abuses. Among those connected with this legal action, which is very well-funded indeed, are those with compelling accounts of sexual and ...
Barry Pittard?s Articles Most-Sought During Sathya Sai Baba Health Crisis (
2011-04-23 08:39:00
In that the links may be useful for readers - especially those new to, or less familiar, with this blogsite - I shall give below a list of Urls (Part 1 of 3) at this blogsite which, as I can see from an internal statistical read-outs, are getting solid 'hits'. To put the matter mildly .... Plenty of these usages originate from: Google and other search engines. Our allied blogsites and websites, such as Robert Priddy's highly organized main website: Sathya Sai Baba In Word and Action and his blogsite: Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed and from the general website Exbaba.comwhich contains a huge amount of contribution by former devotees from many countries. Important locations, especially for those who wish extensive, scholarly presentation are Brian Steel's writings at: Sathya Sai Baba: The Guru Who Claimed to be God on Earth and Recent Research on Sathya Sai Baba and A Bibliography of Apologetic Writings Many 'hits' come from individuals who search within 'Call For M...
Guru?s Partisans Banned From Editing Of Wiki ?Sathya Sai Baba? Entry
2011-01-24 00:39:00
Like 'democracy' itself, the Wikipedia online encyclopedia can be a great idea. Against large odds, it has just reached its first decade of existence. Wiki is meant to be a vast knowledge base on almost an infinity of topics. Servers worldwide ensure that it is kept secure and online, and that anyone from anywhere, given that one is equipped with a computer and an internet account, can contribute. That is to say - supposedly - provided they adhere to certain laid-down guidelines and methods. There is also a system of arbitrators - dotted (some would say, far too sparsely dotted) round the world - who can assist contributors who fall into difficulty or dispute. The theory is that errors are wide open to be corrected by the original contributor or other users, if not at once then over time. Prima facie, what can be more 'democratic' than all this? The Wiki catch-cry is: anyone can edit. However, what suppose many cannot edit for nuts?! Alike, many lay and academic contributor...
Sathya Sai Baba and His Sect: Links to Critical Blogsites and Websites
2011-01-21 23:16:00
Sathya Sai Baba And His Sect: Links to Critical Blogsites and Websites. Including the following and many others ..... Sathya Sai Baba In Word and Action An extensive, highly organized site by the former long-time head and co-founder of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway. He was a notable contributer to the official organ, Sanathana Sarathi, whose writing was much valued by the Editor of this publication, his friend V.K. Narasimhan, a courageous and legendary Indian journalist.
Dr John Hislop: Sathya Sai Baba Both Fallible and Infallible
2011-01-15 01:16:00
Dr John Hislop, one-time top leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in the USA, and before that head of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi foundation in the USA, said that Sai Baba was fallible, but ... still infallible! To a mind not caught in the need to rationalize and justify the inexplicable, Dr John Hislop's notion of fallibility within infallibility is a case of psychological denial and of mental gymnastics at a far stretch. Like so many devotees, especially those close to Sathya Sai Baba, Hislop knew very well that Sai Baba told lies. Devotees, however, pass these off as, variously, "Baba's funny little ways"; "his sparing of our feelings"; his "Leelas" (meaning his divine sportiveness .... When writing, they use a capital 'L'); "his perfect 'Truth', but our human imperfection" which cannot see that he is teaching us some profound lesson, for example, in learning detachment; and more such Procrustean racking of human reason and commonsense. He exhorts that his devotees: "Love...
V.P.B. Nair Told BBC Sai Baba Bedroom Killings Were ?Coldblooded Murder?
2011-01-06 11:49:00
In mid 2004, former Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary, V.P.B. Nair spoke to the BBC about the official corruption that attended the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba's bedroom in June 1993. He said he intended to take steps to get the case re-opened. But has he done anything of the sort? It is an odd irony that exposure of these killings at Puttaparthi, and the subsequent profound suppression of investigation, have been effectively left up to two individuals gifted with cussed unstoppableness - the late Basava Premanand in India and Robert Priddy in Norway.
?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...
Wikileaks and Indian Troops Atrocities Reports. Sai Baba Fails To ?Clean Up
2010-12-19 00:44:00
This is but one of a number of huge issues erupting in India right at the moment. Every tragic year that passes shows that Sathya Sai Baba has not "cleaned up (his) own backyard", as he long ago promised he would do. India's security and well-being do not rest in the hands of her superstitious and corrupt leadership - many individuals of which gather around Sathya Sai Baba. They are in the hands of those who at every level actively and honestly struggle, with great sacrifice, against the venalities. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WikiLeaks: India 'systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir' US diplomats were given evidence suggesting India was systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir, according to leaked cables. Daily Telegraph. By Nick Allen, Los Angeles 12:17AM GMT 17 Dec 2010
Police, Security and Sathya Sai Baba
2010-12-13 00:43:00
An array of media, scholars, government services, civic institutions, and many others read our writings. I have extracted the following links related to police and security from a Links page with brief commentaries on articles. That page has been assiduously compiled by Robert Priddy, and contains links to many articles he and I, and any other extensive writer such as Brian Steel, have written on an array of topics concerning Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. Note: Please kindly report any errors, updates, or suggest improvements. These overviews are very far from exhaustive ... See contact details under: Barry Pittard, at bottom of right hand sidebar.
Sathya Sai Baba Abuse Survivors: When ?Moving On? Can Be Staying Stuck
2010-12-05 23:01:00
Some former devotees of Sathya Sai Baba Sai Baba, though not most, get upset that many survivors of his sexual and other forms of abuse do not public. They make make the same kind of mistaken assumptions that Sai Baba's defenders make who ask e.g., where is all the proof? Both these reactions are ill-informed, inappropriate and insensitive. People who are badly traumatized - very typically - feel acute difficulty in being able to talk about their traumatic experience. One human reaction to trauma lack of awareness of the extent of what upheaval has occurred. Psychological denial, and wanting to 'move on' are common. See: On Leaving the Sathya Sai Baba Cult (Part 1.)- Ex Leaders and Rank-and-File and On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 2) On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 3) It is known that a great many survivors endure years in silence and shame at what has happened to them. The case of those who have suffered...
U.S. Psychologist Shirley Pike?s Moving Challenge To Sathya Sai Baba and Hi
2010-11-29 22:09:00
The Sathya Sai Organization faces yet more resignations, and also departure of those who leave without formally resigning. International coordinators such as Robert Priddy and myself (see sidebar at bottom right hand side of this page) are always happy to provide, from a wide database, contact details of those who have left and are willing to be contacted, and who reside in an area as close as possible to that of any enquirer. We have professional protocols to ensure that those who contact us are genuine. For individuals and families who have faced sore difficulties, we can also refer to very qualified, experienced professional counselers. People from many professions, trades and cultures have left Sathya Sai Baba, and down the years, have continued to show the same attitudes of service in their communities as they did when followers of Sathya Sai Baba. One of these is the child psychologist Shirley Pike (Ex-President, North Central Region: Ex-President Cedar Rapids Center, Iowa ...
Avatar of Deception: Sathya Sai Baba. 85, But Says He Will Rule World
2010-11-26 21:48:00
As the international Sathya Sai Organization knows to its immense cost (both financially and morally), many have left, having been able to analyse for themselves the many and terrible distortions of fact generated by Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors. Many shockingly suffering individuals and families around the world have needed to perform no analysis at all, since they have been prime victims of Sathya Sai Baba's and his officials' grave misconduct. For those still in the throes of leaving the Sai cult, it is a time of profound emotional, intellectual and social upheaval. These afflictions cannot be expected to go away quickly. Those of us who have stuck at the job of exposure commonly find that leave-takers of the organization take a year or two, and sometimes much longer, to collect their thoughts in a consecutive way. Those who make a quick matter of transition to replacement life styles often say that they have 'moved on'. There is a whole psychological literature t...
Sathya Sai Baba?s Gross Exaggerations of Puttaparthi Crowd Numbers
2010-11-20 23:25:00
Robert Priddy (he for much longer) and I can fairly claim a friendship with the late V.K. Narasimhan, who had been, before he retired to Puttaparthi, the legendary and courageous editor of a number of India's top newspapers, such as 'The Hindu' and 'The Indian Express' and 'The Deccan Herald'. We would regularly sit together in his humble quarters at Puttaparthi, and he also received me as a guest in the family home in Chennai. Not long before VKN died, he instructed the hospital staff to allow me, even though considerable restrictions had been placed on visitation rights, to visit him at the Sathya Sai Superspeciality Hospital at Puttaparthi. I had been editing his book on the great French Jesuit philosopher and palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I had seen a Priddy note in which he took to task a Sai Baba apologist who typified those many followers who reveal deep and repeated flaws of reasoning that are simply not acceptable in any proper discussion. He wrote to ...
Many Contradictions In Sathya Sai Baba Official Literature
2010-11-18 23:05:00
In countries right round the world, when people began leaving Sathya Sai Baba, one of the most typical and prompt responses was to get rid of all the paraphenalia that belonged to devotion to this guru. This meant: the books, the official newsletter, Sanathana Sarathi, the photos, rings, pendants and so on, which would otherwise bring back memories that would prove far more painful than joyful. Fortunately, since the books and publications such as Sanathana Sarathi, individuals of scholarly mind, such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel and Alexandra Nagel, realised the importance of preserving documentation. Robert Priddy was a contributor to Sanathana Sarathi, and much respected by its editor, the reknown (retired) Indian newspaper editor, V.K. Narasimhan. Here are his articles, which state positions very different to what he has thought in the last decade. Priddy was co-founder and longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway. For those who like to delve into archives, ...
On Deception: Phillip Adams Observes A James Randi Demonstration
2010-10-31 00:00:00
In this weekend's 'The Australian' (30-31 October 2010), renowned broadcaster and journalist Phillip Adams relates an amusing episode during the visit to Australia from the famous U.S. magician and exposer of psychic scams, James Randi. In regard to anyone with a mind bent on deception - be it magician, politician, psychic, etc., - Phillip Adams ends his piece by commenting: "When they want you to look at A, look at B. He says that Randi took an unlit cigarette and put it on a desk, saying that:
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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'
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Questioning Sathya Sai Baba and His Global Cult Is Not A Smear Campaign
2010-01-29 23:23:00
I direct my readers' attention to Robert Priddy's latest post: Not a ?smear campaign? against Sathya Sai Baba Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2010 Former long-time leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization and retired academic from the University of Oslo, rightly says that there is:
Global Sathya Sai Cult White-ants Itself
2010-01-18 22:57:00
Why is the Sathya Sai Baba cult so vulnerable? What is its 'archilles heel'? Part of the answer is exemplified in the information that comes to us from those who, to greater and lesser degree, have been Puttaparthi insiders, such as students and former students of Sathya Sai Baba education institution and former leaders. They attest that, when they read blogsites such as this one and the blogsites and websites of others such as Robert Priddy and Brian Steel, they realize from the very first that our sources are frequently spot-on. This means that, along with apostasy in regard to Sai Baba round the world, such knowledge is held far beyond the resources of any of the critical commentators. Those levels of permeation errode the Sai project in ways well-exceeding the efforts of a few writers. In short, the Sathya Sai cult is its own worst enemy. The corruptions and suppressions are the 'white ants' which bring it down. Yet even if - somehow - it were reformed, it would surely rem...
Sathya Sai Baba Student Communications On Sex Abuse
2010-01-09 22:53:00
As a colleague of Robert Priddy, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway, and retired academic philosopher of the University of Oslo, I endorse his comment, below, which he has just noted in his frequently updated blog: Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed (Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up ...). His extensive, highly-organized website is: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk . The site notes that it "showcases the views of a group of former Sathya Sai Organisation members (ex-devotees) with full rights to expose the organisation that deceived them".
Is Claimed Indian ?Avatar? Sathya Sai Baba God? Or Good? Vital Links
2010-01-06 21:57:00
Some web and blog links related to the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his highly authoritarian and unaccountable global cult
Cultic Behaviour and Lack of Accountability (Sathya Sai Organization Exampl
2009-12-21 21:52:00
In mid 1982, at Puttaparthi, I spoke to two prominent devotees about concerns being raised sub voce that Sathya Sai Baba had been engaged in sexual activities with young males. One of the reports was that he been involved in such activities since he was young, and that this was quite common knowledge within Puttaparthi and district. The two were Richard Bayer, then a high official in the Sathya Sai Organization, organization, and (the late) Howard Murphet, Australian journalist and renowned author of several books on Sai Baba. Murphet was typically gracious but Bayer was shockingly rude, chastising me for daring to breathe such a topic, then turning angrily on his heel and striding away. Bayer's deplorable behaviour implied that one may not, with any trust, raise issues with Sathya Sai Baba's handpicked leaders.
Barry Pittard?s Articles On Sathya Sai Baba and His Global Movement (1)
2009-11-23 22:33:00
For more recent readers in particular, this series points to some of my articles at Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba - http://barrypittard.wordpress.c-om - on Sathya Sai Baba and his global sect, extending to January 2007.
Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno?s Photo Attack On Robert Priddy
2009-05-08 01:41:00
'Sathya Sai Baba - Love, Life and Spirituality' is the title of one of the most scurrilous sites of the Internet. Should any Sathya Sai Baba devotee wish to assure themselves that no definition of 'Life, Love and Spirituality' would fit the (to put the matter mildly!) voluminous writings of Sai Baba chief defender on the Internet, they need administer a five to ten minute test: randomly consult even the titles in the Urls (links) and note the abundance of 'hot', derogatory and calumnious words. Many links of these heavily libelous attack articles are listed - and yet are but a tiny indication of his protean activities - See, Sathya Sai Baba Casebook-Factsheet . The following three Moreno hand-crafted distortions of Robert Priddy are from Moreno's questionably-named blogsite 'Sathya Sai Baba - Life, Love and Spirituality'.
Robert Priddy?s Series On Sathya Sai Baba Man, Gerald Moreno
2009-04-26 01:54:00
I note with a certain awe at his great energy - which he by no means reserves only for exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his sect - that Robert Priddy is still adding to his series in which he refutes the writings of one hellbent on scurrility, Gerald Moreno, who leagues in his endeavours with Sai devotees including those close to Sathya Sai Baba. Moreno, moreover, has a certain status as a popular hero for those who also profess but do not carry out the spiritual teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.
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