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, who after investigating several cases of sexual molestation by Sai
Baba, resigned his leadership of the Santa Barbara centre, has 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-fetched from Sanathana Dharma that it falls into the
category of a joke.
And do you think that the sexual abuse re the pedophilic priests of the Roman Catholic
Church is coincidental to what is being reported about Sai throughout planet Earth? I
would call it synchronicitous. 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.
Regarless of how it all turns out, you will remain my friends and cohorts in bettering
this beautiful Earth.
[MODERATOR NOTE: Dave Lyons was the President of the New Orleans Sai Center until his
resignation in April 2000 after reading The Findings.]