This Is Still The Real Issue




Date: 11-08-03


By: Robert Priddy






To be trusted as a spiritual leader, one must be entirely 'above suspicion'. The problem with Sai Baba is that, though he may in fact be beyond the long arm of the law, he is not above suspicion of having been involved in condoning cold-blooded murders and having carried out sexual molestation on males and pederasty on boys, because he will not allow any investigation and even condemns mention of it.


Either Sathya Sai Baba is pure and good or he is on the side of untruth, cover-up and heinous crimes. There is no third possibility – even if he has something of both the above and is some kind of dual or possessed personality – which is not wholly inconceivable. However, this last view requires swallowing a lot of contradictions, for it surely goes against the main teachings of Universal Love, with the 'Help ever, hurt never' and 'Why fear when I am here?'

Sathya Sai Baba has given all kinds of assurances of how he (as the Divinity) loves all beings without distinction. We can assume that it is acceptable to question this in order to test it and discover whether it is true. Worldly facts about SSB and the truth about them can surely not be overruled by any higher form of truth… truth is simply always truth and is the opposite of untruth. When any given facts are true, there is no other ‘truth’ that can fly in their face to make them false.

Whatever wrongs are done, they cannot simply be excused on the basis of some inconceivable, inexpressible Truth Supreme, nor can they be irrelevant. Conscience, dharma and goodness are inextricably linked up with what is true and what is not, not excluding the truth about worldly events too! Two wrongs do not make a right, and no do right acts exonerate anyone from wrongs they have done.


Sathya Sai Baba also warns people in regular fire and brimstone terms about the danger of telling lies, for example:-

"Dharmaaaja had uttered some white lies during the war in order to foil the plans of the enemies and for this, he had to spend a few minutes in Hell." (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 6, p. 139)

"Having committed a wrong, if you go and tell an untruth that would not be the right thing.... you will simply harm yourself for the future." (Summer Showers at Brindavan 1972, p. 111)

"...Mithya (Truth polluted with Untruth) is the sign of an ignorant person." (Sathya Sai Vahini, p. 162)

Well, thank God that the majority of the world can read the signs all to well in Sathya Sai Baba's ' polluted truth'.