At 'Call For Media and Government
Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba', see the article:
Barry Pittard on January
"In my colleagues’ and my extensive experience
in exposing the global Sathya Sai Baba cult and its leader,
India’s most famous guru, whom successive Indian governments and
institutions have long and corruptly protected, we have found a
striking fact: governments, and indeed whole societies, fail to
face the problem of cults"
"For too long, it has been overlooked that many
cults violate those very notions of freedom which we need, of
course, to cherish and uphold"
"Certainly, care needs to be exercised in
defining what is and what is not a cult, and this level of
information is best, in my view, arrived via deliberations
across whole communities in consultation with each other. It
will not help very much if we see cultism as offending against
the canons of this or that mainstream religion. It is the
mentality itself that needs to be understood and addressed"