Posted: Sunday August 31, 2003.

Author: Barry Pittard



To gain an impression of the international outreach of the Unity Church, see:

Note:  Just to hand, an email from a former devotee, Barbara Shocket, USA, who is one of the very qualified therapists from various countries the Exposť has in the background. They stand ever ready to serve those who have suffered at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba, and those shameless leaders in the Indian political, government, police and judicial power echelons, and in the world Sathya Sai Organisation who cover up for him.
Feeling very strongly that it is morally and ethically intolerable to allow Sathya Sai Baba and his devotees to get away with falsifying the good status of former devotees as responsible citizens in their many cultures and communities, I am asking professionals such as Barbara to permit me to include, where possible, their names and professional qualifications. Barbara's qualifications are:  M.S., L.M.H.C. State of Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling from University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL., a Bachelor's Degree in English from University of Texas, Austin, TX, and has been a Practicing psychotherapist since 1980.
Barbara has typed a part of Thomas Shepherd's article (see below). I shall be writing to the widely read Unity Magazine seeking a copy of the whole article. The (missing) year of the UNESCO Media Advisory, which also criticised the Sathya Sai organisers of other serious grounds too, was 2000.
- from Barbara Shocket's email:  Saturday, 30 August 2003 11:24 PM
I would like to call your attention to the current Unity Magazine (Sept-Oct, 2003) published by the Unity School of Christianity, Unity Village, MO., USA.  On Page 25 in the column "I've Always wondered ABOUT" - written by a  prominent Unity teacher and writer, Thomas Shepherd - the first question asks about the controversy surrounding Sai Baba...  Shepherd's answer is wonderful and should be posted on the expose websites.  One of us couldn't have done a better job!  (If I had a scanner I would send it -- sorry I don't. Best I can do is landmail it to you if you cannot get a copy of this magazine)
Unity is the largest "new thought" Christian Church in U.S. Their website: Wayne Dyer is or was affiliated. 

Barbara Shocket
- Excerpt from Thomas Shepherd's article, Unity Magazine. Sept-Oct, 2003.
A concern has been brought to our attention regarding Sathya Sai Baba.  A search on UNESCO's website yields a "media advisory" (but is not there anymore, but on Bibalex org we can still find the UNESCO Media Advisory) dated September 15 (year not given) stating .... 'the Organization (UNESCO) is deeply concerned about widely reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that have been leveled at the leader of the movement in question, Sathya Sai Baba.'  We recognize that our colleagues will have a range of responses to this information - some will feel it is not pertinent, others may choose not to include Sai Baba material in the bookstore ...

... Frankly, I wish the association reponse had been a little more alarmist.  When the bridge up ahead is out, it's entirely appropriate to yell 'Stop!' at a passing school bus.  Sexual abuse of minors is a serious offense, and we should not be promoting works of someone who is quite possibly a sexual predator, even if he does have some ideas that sound like spiritual teachings.