Denial of SB devotees

(bury your heads in the sand)




From: (Sanjay Dadlani)

Date: Mon Feb 3, 2003  7:02 p.m.

Document date: 08-27-01

Subject: Denial of SB devotees (bury your heads in the sand)

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Challenging faith in a man of miracles can be painful. At Sai Baba's Central London base in Clerkenwell, there is reluctance to confront the allegations of sexual harassment, suicides and financial manoeuvring.  

Dee Puri, at the London headquarters, denounces the suggestion that Sai Baba takes money from the rich, pointing out that at his 28-year-old London premises: "Entrance is free. There is no money going to Baba at all.

As for the suggestions of sexual harassment, she told The Times: "I don't want to talk about it because there is no such thing. I think such conversations disturb me and my beliefs. The organisation is most unhappy that you have tried to hurt us. Nobody will speak to you unless you want to write something which is truth, which is not controversial.

"As far as I am concerned, Baba is a great, great guru. Thirty years I have been a devotee of Baba and millions and millions of people are, so I would very respectfully ask you please not to put that sort of question to me." 

[From The Times article, 27/8/01]