Sai Slurs, Part One

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Part Nine


Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Author: Barry Pittard


Revenge is your motive - you followed Sai Baba for x years, and feel terribly let down - not by him, but by your limited perception of him. 

Exposť activists persist because of conscience. Many former devotees, and a few others who come from other backgrounds, have made real sacrifices - despite all the Sai Slurs. It is a wonderful fact that, except for two or three vicious ones, who many hundreds of us refuse to
associate with, former devotees do not attack back in like kind. We do not slur. We present evidence, and of a seriousness that is respected by our national governments, law enforcement agencies and non-sensationalist, responsible media. 

Some former devotees court personal risk to life and limb in this exposure work, because in any large organisation there are hotheads and 'nutters' ready to take the law into their own hands.  

Likely, revenge lies to the other side. Let me note a personal experience - the case of  T. Ramanathan, the Sathya Sai Organisation head in Australia. Revenge in this case, surely, for Exposť activities that have put leading Australian universities, and institutions such as the
Katoomba Christian Convention Centre and other religious organisations such as mainstream Churches and Hindu organisations, on guard against his organisation. The moment the University of Adelaide heeded my submissions and cancelled the Sai National Conference 2003, T. Ramanathan, with perilous disregard for an individual's and his family's safety, published on the Australian website a very private address of mine, from which I have now moved, as I may have to continue to do unless he and his organisation (if he ever consulted it) stop their harassment. This was posted along with untrue allegations which even his own membership would have to refute, unless ready to perjure themselves. 

You are a lot of busybodies. Nothing gives you the right to do all this so-called exposing.  

If we will not come to the fore, who will? Who else other than former devotees well familiar with the Sathya Sai Organisation or the so-called 'Sai path' can his victims naturally turn to? Who else knows the boards of the 'Sai theatre' better than those who have walked them intimately? Who else knows the history and the role players? Who else may have rigorously questioned their own direct experiences of the Sathya Sai Baba phenomenon? Or who, with the same motivation, can network more effectively among many large numbers of former devotees worldwide to research, investigate and expose him and his accomplices? Hundreds of boys and young men (and other victims grown older) and their families have had their lives shattered. Thousands of highly influential devotees are going all out to manifest his agenda to save the world before he dies. This fact (often hidden because the corridors of power are hidden) needs to be countered.
Many former devotees of Sathya Sai Baba led many others to come to him. Since we for so long and so fulsomely sang his praises, why should we duck for cover when the truth needs so urgently to be told?  

You don't have a leg to stand on. You'll soon be history - pouf! You're hardly more than a one-man band. 

As I see it, through my extensive international networking, the many former devotee efforts of which I have become aware - relentless efforts that keep increasing manifold - are directed to achieving one, another or all of these objectives: 

* To expose the well-documented evidence of Sathya Sai Baba's large-scale, serial sexual molestation of boys and young men;

* To support and help his many victims around the world;

* To protect young males so that still more will not fall into the hands of a person whose cause we worked so hard for in the constant thought that he represented everything that was fine and noble;

* To expose a range of massive false claims and subtle ploys by Sathya Sai Baba to appear all knowing, all seeing and all loving, when in fact his lie-telling and hypocrisy are well-nigh unsurpassed (As a well-briefed former Inspector-General of the Hong Kong police has written to me, "This would have to be the case of the century." Given that Sathya Sai Baba has duped so many persons, both eminent and ordinary, from so many countries, in all professions and on such a vast scale, surely it is the case of many centuries);

* To expose evidence of his direct involvement in major crimes, including complicity in police killings in his rooms on June 6, 1993; massive lack of financial accountability and misappropriation of donations by devotees worldwide including misuse of funds on costly
self-advertising projects; in perpetrating scams, such as in the system of purchase of apartments in his ashrams; human rights violations; promises of miraculous cures, which have not eventuated ...;

* To expose his many factual errors and uneventuated promises and prophecies;

* To expose his and his top leadership's lies, evasions, and many cover-ups;

* To expose and prevent violence by some of his service volunteers and his armed security and local police;

* To expose indirect processes, such as the extolling or cooperation with Sai Baba and his accomplices by well-known institutions and individuals far beyond his own flock, where this, sometimes unwittingly, aids and abets him and his flashy empire