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Furthermore, the Organization 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.
“Sai Baba. He is showing little yogic aishvarya. But people are, because they do not know, they are not aware of Krishna, they are taking him as God... What is the amazement, wonderful thing, Sai Baba has done? If he is creator of gold, then why he is doing business of incense? You know that? He has a big incense business exactly like us. He can create gold? Why there is incense business?”
— SRILA PRABHUPADA
I am a former
English Lecturer in Sathya Sai Baba's vast educational establishment,
where I taught at his Whitefield College in 1978-79, via Bangalore, in
The Cover Story in
"India Today" (24-11-200) has brought news of the most terrible
allegations. So too have other newspaper stories such as the Melbourne
"Age" (Australia) and the "Daily Telegraph" (U.K.) in
recent weeks. They have brought still more fame to Sai Baba. Perhaps it is
only a vast international effort that will ensure that the allegations are
properly investigated. Last September 15, there were also the joint Media
Releases of UNESCO and Flinders University (Australia) stating their very
serious reason for withdrawal from and educational Conference at
Puttaparthi last September.
Because there is now
so-much controversy raging, where affidavits that allege serious crimes
are being presented in different parts of the world, I would wish to see a
fair and open hearing given to the many who allege (or, if they are
minors, whose parents and guardians allege) being victim of serious
As the problem is on
such a large scale, and of such international proportions, I trust that
many - both within and outside Sathya Sai Baba's organization (and both in
and beyond India) - will bring any influence they can exert to advise
openness rather than silence, truthful and fearless enquiry rather than
any psychological or other form of denial. If this guru is free of all
misdoing, then truth will out, and justice will not only be done but be
seen to be done.
Motivated only by a
desire to see fair play on all sides, I have contacted many, and in many
countries, who are making such allegations. I am entirely convinced that
so many of these people are in good standing in regard to the highest
criteria for integrity and esteem in their wider communities. Their
testimonies are with Interpol, FBI, the Australian Federal Police, and a
number of government agencies round the world. They risk much if their
stories are other than true.
As so many of these
persons seem to me to have such abundant love of Indian culture and
spirituality, I trust that people of Indian heritage will see any love for
Her that these (both Indian and foreign) hold dear. One concern is that
bringing out the truth may be difficult. For countless of Sai Baba's
devotees are at the very highest echelon in politics, police, armed
services, judiciary, and so on. They now have an historic opportunity to
show impartiality of a high order.
Barry Pittard firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor, You are welcome to publish my email address.
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