Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult


At 'Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba'

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2009 


"A key difficulty facing an authoritarian, suppressive, unaccountable sect such as the Sathya Sai Organization is this: When there are serious scandals being hushed up, there is -:

  • organized, networked dissent and public exposure of its disinformation, secret directives, methods and real agendas

  • quiet disruption and internal decay that happens quite apart from formal, focused, widespread efforts of dissenting exposure

  • the exponential spread of crisis for the organization".

"The well-informed leaders of “the Secret Swami’s” (c.f. the BBC) know and suffer the effects of these three factors. It suits them to allow ignorant and unconscionable voices to attack those who have responsibly and clearly raised the issues in various parts of the world. Those such as Dr G. Venkataraman find it easier to put out entirely erroneous information about the withdrawal of UNESCO and the University of Flinders, South Australia, from a major education conference at Puttaparthi. It is their style to attack the credentials of the BBC and other organisations which have investigated extensively and carefully into the allegations of very many compelling former devotee and other witnesses from various countries. Further down the chain of command, Sai center leaders are expected to inform their congregations that the dissent comes from the smallest handful of disgruntled ex-members. There is a useful Summary of Main Failings and Deceptions of the International Sathya Sai Organisation. This is complied from Robert Priddy’s eighteen years experience as a founder member and national leader in Norway. From the same writer – a retired academic from the University of Oslo in philosophy and social sciences – there is a sociological analysis of the organization and feedback from former members".