The Sathya Sai Organization: Almost overnight, dissenters treated as demons!
At 'Call For Media and Government Investigation' - http://barrypittard.wordpress.com - see the article:
Posted by Barry Pittard on December 12, 2009
Note: In this article, Barry Pittard, a former lecture at Sathya Sai Baba's Whitefield college (near Bangalore, South India) outlines a few of the momentous events, circa 2000, which led him and many others who are now ex-devotees to speak out.
"...one of the ways in which the scandal that is Puttaparthi has become ever more widely known is because, quite often, those who have left it have sought spiritual guidance from other religious organizations of various kinds".
"Typical of others who have just become former devotees, there was a clearing of the house of Sai all Baba-related artefacts. Ironically enough, when it came to exposing Sathya Sai Baba’s many inconsistencies so amply documented in decades of published discourse, some ex-followers no longer had the texts. Fortunately, major commentators such as Robert Priddy and Brian Steel had far-reaching collections".
"As former devotees universally have found, dear friends, in some cases of many years standing, who remained devotees, dropped us, even though we had showed no hostility towards them or Sathya Sai Baba. It was painful for many. Incredibly, devotees forget that those they have so mistakenly judged and shunned are the same individuals in whom they have long cherished qualities of truthfulness, love and service to others".
"Almost overnight, we had become demons!"
"... not all of those abused were now young men, and an example of this is the account to the BBC ‘The Secret Swami’ team of Mark Roche. In the article, see link for video clip of Mark Roche's interview from The Secret Swami, BBC 2, This World, first screened, Thursday 17, 2004".