Robert C. Priddy

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    In this blog I post information and critical views concerning ideologies, belief systems and related scientific materials etc. I am a retired philosophy lecturer and researcher, born 1936.

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Bhagwan Satya Sai Baba sexual abuse scandals

Posted by robertpriddy on September 21, 2009

‘The Findings’ by David Bailey – Formerly the top favourite foreign devotee of Sathya Sai Baba released the floodgate of sexual abuse testimonies through his publication in 1999 of ‘The Findings’. One of Sathya Sai Baba’s closest ever devotees (over 100 interviews within a few years only), he lectured about Sathya Sai Baba around the globe, but was eventually so inundated with reports from parents of abused sons and of sexual molestations from students who he taught music at Sathya Sai Baba’s colleges that he began to investigate with an open mind. He began to discover various kinds of fraud by Sai Baba (valueless synthetic stones given as ‘diamonds’ in rings etc.) and in various of his projects (especially the much-trumpeted Rayalaseema Water Project). He has since withdrawn from actively exposing further, for not only had he made his decisive contribution, but he understandably must have wanted to rest from the abusive and defamatory reactions and threats that poured in on him from Sai devotees.

David Bailey’s discoveries set off a chain-reaction among those who describe how they have been abused, defrauded and otherwise seriously maltreated by Sathya Sai Baba in numerous other respects. See David Bailey’s account here. Many prominent and long-term followers left his organization.  Read the transcript/listen to his account by phone.

The Daily Telegraph published the damning report on the sexual assaults in ‘Divine Downfall’ by Mick Brown. The `BBC showed a 1-hr film ‘The Secret Swami’ worldwide which received wide acclaim [see http://www.rfjvds.dds.nl/ex-baba/engels/comments_on/_the … ]. UNESCO warned of the situation and withdrew from a planned educational conference at the guru’s ashram in India [see tinyurl.com/yxok9u], while the US State Department issued an official warning about Sathya Sai Baba.

At least 30 testimonies have been published and a full summary of the history of allegations of sexual abuse against young men and children can be viewed here.

Disinformation has been spread on a large scale and the organised cover-up, rationalising and defense of pedophile activities has taken place by indoctrinated defenders of Sathya Sai Baba. The extent of this is still being uncovered, but much has been done – and my website presents a very full overview of all such matters here.

One of the chief defenders on a huge scale on the Internet of Sathya Sai Baba – even while himself believing for years that he is in fact a sexual abuser! – is Gerald Joe Moreno of New Mexico, who has attacked scores of dissidents and critics of the self-proclaimed God Incarnate, Sathya Sai Baba – not least stalking the families and contacts of the more prominent of them and also has posted a press release here full of misinformation and untruth.

Current information about the exposure of this guru, who is worshipped even by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, is found on two major blogsites robertpriddy.wordpress.com and barrypittard.wordpress.com and a thorough analysis of Sai Baba’s writings and claims is available at Brian Steel’s website here.

The Sathya Sai Baba sexual abuse scandals broke on the Internet as from 1999. Later two national broadcasters (BBC and Danish TV) showed damning documentaries, interviewing ‘victims’. Both UNESCO and US State Department issued warnings on this guru.

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