Statement from Gordon
Date: Fri Feb 01 06:39:21
By: Gordon Lord
initially attracted to SSB because of the universal appeal of his
message. And frankly, given that India is a socially divided /
fragmented country with several social classes, castes and other
ridiculous divisions, SSB's message and teachings of "All Are One",
"Universal Language Of The Heart", "Education In Human Values" etc.
seemed very appealing to me during my University years.
However, since 1995 I started hearing about allegations of sexual
abuse at the ashram, rampant corruption among the rank and file of
office-bearers in the International Sathya Sai Organization, lack of
financial transparency such as no published financial statements
etc. Fortunately, I was never inflicted by the disease of
blind-belief, unlike most people I know, including my own parents,
friends and relatives. (Ask any serious seeker of the meaning of
life and he or she will most likely tell you that "awareness"
matters more than "belief". But most SSB followers I've met in my
lifetime don't care about awareness or self-understanding. They are
only interested in using the crutches of "belief" all the way to
Over the years, the allegations kept increasing and I also happened
to personally meet some past students of the Satya Sai Institute of
Higher Learning. I heard about cases of sexual abuse from the
students too! And then finally, the shooting incident was the straw
that broke the camel's back. Four young boys, at the prime of their
lives were gunned down (a.k.a murdered in cold blood) by the police
personnel that had stormed into the ashram. The local police filed a
fraudulent report indicating that the cops had fired in self-defense
when the 4 boys charged towards them with knives in hand. A federal
investigation team proved these claims were false and charged the
policemen with murder. Ask any experienced cop and he or she will
tell you that the police training manual does not recommend
shooting-to-kill as a response especially when the weapons of the
attackers are simple tools such as knives or screwdrivers. Single
shots to the leg or the thigh would have immediately incapacitated
the attackers, thereby enabling their arrest and prosecution.
However, the fact that the police chose to "execute" the 4 boys
rather than arrest them and produce them in a court of law, is a
clear indication that they wanted to silence them forever, as dead
men tell no tales!
Any decent and civilized human being who ponders over all these
events that happened in Prashanti Nilayam would be utterly disgusted
at the glaring discrepancy between what the ashram is claimed to be
and what the ashram actually is! The word "Prashanti Nilayam" is
meant to indicate an abode of eternal peace, but in reality it is
the abode of "death" and disgusting brutality.
To this day, there has not been any proper investigation into the
murder of the 4 young boys by the police and the perpetrators of
this heinous crime are roaming free! And all this is happening in
the "abode of peace".
Honestly, it does not matter what SSB is or what he isn't. The real
misfortune is that millions of educated people, government officers,
scientists, engineers, professors, politicians, bureaucrats,
leaders, presidents and prime ministers still throng to this place
in millions, even after these cold-blooded murders and disgusting
events. Truly, all these "followers" are spiritually,
psychologically and intellectually "dead"!
Therefore, it is beyond doubt that none of these mindless
"followers" (a.k.a dead people) can help bring about a more peaceful
or less chaotic world, regardless of their academic or social or
technological capabilities and achievements.