SB RUBS OIL VIGOROUSLY ON MANY
BOYS GENITALS AND...
By: Robert Priddy
It is now an undisputed fact, even among leading devotees such as the European Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Thorbjørn Meyer, that SB takes down the trousers of young men and boys and handles their genitals intimately, rubbing on oil and sometimes also so-called 'holy ash'. Many report that he also rubs vigorously so as to (try to) cause an erection, also sometimes kissing them voluptuously on the mouth. That any such things took place at all was long covered up by a number of top leaders in the Sathya Sai Organisation! In civilised countries, the touching of genitals under such circumstances is an illegal, punishable action unless carried out by a doctor on prior consent of the patient. A number of Indian devotees have actually said that they see no wrong in this or any other sexual abuse of young males, because God Himself can do no wrong !
The Danish SSO leader, to take an example - Thorbjørn Meyer - has called this act an "age old Indian oiling ceremony", without being able to produce even a fragment of documentation for this from Indian scripture or reliable historical sources. Nor has Meyer deigned to explain why a number of victims of these unlawful interventions have been subjected to the ceremony several (and in some cases many) times, and have never been asked if they wish for it or what it may or may not signify. Another Danish 'SB VIP', Mr. Peter Pruzan, opined on Danish TV on the strength of his own ideas or hearsay(?), that the so-called 'anointing' is intended to reduce the sexual energies of young men. These "spiritual leaders" have not explained how this oil has ever reduced a testosterone level, or how they came by such personal information about the many boys involved through many years! Nor can they say why women have been wholly excluded from these supposedly stupendous blessings from the 'living Avatar'.
Here is what an authority on Hindu mysticism has to say about the matter:
Regarding this "kundalini raising" matter, there is NOTHING in the literature I've ever seen from the Hindu, Buddhist or Taoist tantric traditions or Hindu shaktipat guru traditions - and I have read widely and extensively in this literature - about "raising the kundalini" by sexually molesting male youth. It is a bald lie that Sri Ramakrishna initiated Narendranath (Swami Vivekananda) or anyone else in this manner. The accounts all state quite clearly that he would touch the disciples on the chest or head. He wasn't taking them off in private to massage or suck the penis or have male youth do the same to him. I have an extensive library of many rare Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu works (in addition to a huge collection of works from western mystical traditions) and I've NEVER read anything that would suggest that what SSB is doing to male youth has been done by ANY other spiritual master in any tradition. Again, I wrote my M.A. thesis on the cross-cultural phenomenon of shaktipat or "energy empowerment" and I've never seen any document that alleged that the "kundalini" or vital force or subtle energy could or should be awakened in this manner. The question exposing the faulty logic here is that, if the kundalini could be raised in this manner, why isn't SSB providing the same service for less attractive young men, or older men, or any females? Barry, please feel free to send this posting to anyone on your list who is either sympathetic or critical of SSB. It's time for the truth to be told about this matter of the kundalini and SSB. Best wishes to all, Timothy Conway. Santa Barbara, CA USA.
Another authoritative letter backs up this viewpoint
Dear Friends: There shall never be a time that will alter my love, devotion, and affection for you--no matter which side of this controversy you are on, whether you are devotee or former devotee. Most of us came together with a common belief that Sai was the poorna avatar. But all that we did together, spoke together, sang together was Sanathana Dharma--the message was and IS divine. The only thing that has changed is the belief ABOUT the messenger. Some of us have defected from Sai and the organization, but I, personally, will never defect from you. All of you are the best people I know. Dr. Timothy Conway has shared this short message with us, but he has written volumes which have been posted on various web sites. Many of you know that I teach a course on Comparative Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, & Islam) and that Timothy has been the source of inspiration and edification that I am now emulating. Neither he, nor I, nor anyone else I know of has EVER purported that what Sai is doing can remotely be attributed to kundalini raising. That is so far from Sanathana Dharma that it falls into the category of a joke. And do you think that the sexual abuse re the pedophile priests of the Roman Catholic Church is coincidental to what is being reported about Sai throughout planet Earth? I would call it synchronous. It comes at a time when many people in authority that we look up to can have a dark side, whether they be spiritual, religious, political or otherwise. Much damage has been done by these people, and it is up to all of us to see that no more crimes are committed. No matter what side you are on in this controversy, YOUR dharma is on the line and is inescapable. The ball is in your court to determine what is true and what is false. And despite what spin doctors like Bongiovanni spit out, you must determine for yourself, without prejudice, what is really happening here and now. Regardless of how it all turns out, you will remain my friends and cohorts in bettering this beautiful Earth. Dave Lyons.
Barry Pittard, a long-term devotee and former teacher at Sai Baba's Brindavan College for Boys in the 1970s, wrote an open letter to his former students and other devotees asking for responses in case he could offer help to victims. He protects his sources meticulously, for obvious reasons such as threats (already experienced from some 'Sai devotees' against victims who have spoken up clear and loud). He forwards to us an excerpt from one of ssb's victims' letter he received on the topic of kundalini raising:
Dear Barry, ...poking out from the dark.. Interesting though in the light of what happened in my case...was I to rise SB's Kundalini since he asked me "to work" his Muladhara? So who is who?!?!?:-
Barry Pittard shares the following response to a rumour spread by Sai devotees claiming legitimacy for these 'oiling ceremonies'. For what it may be worth, here it is:
The SB follower of decades, Glen Meloy, who sacrificed much time and energy to serious investigation of the allegations and subsequently to many good works in this connection, has recounted his awakening in a letter, the text of which he has released:
Please look at the "Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization" and sign it if you find it fair and just.
Go to http://www.PetitionOnline.com/saibaba/petition.html