UK BBC ‘Secret Swami’ – The Ethics Of Using Hidden Cameras

On Barry Pittard’s WordPress blog (barrypittard.wordrpess.com, which contains numerous defamations, libels and slurs against Sathya Sai Baba), he wrote an article entitled “BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?”, which said (in part):

“Despite the alarums and excursions of Dr G. Venkataraman (and informally allied Sai Baba proxy defenders on the Internet whose libels and slanders are deemed by top lawyers in three countries to be extreme, widespread and highly actionable), the BBC had every just cause to shoot clandestinely.”

I would ask the reader how “ethical” he/she would consider being secretly filmed with a hidden camera in the privacy of his/her home and then having that film broadcast world-wide?

The Anti-Sai agenda of the UK BBC was clear. All of the negative media against Sathya Sai Baba was the direct result of critic’s behind-the-scenes subterfuge, unremitting propaganda and self-described “e-bombing campaigns”. Critics even boasted on Anti-Sai websites how they were responsible for and involved with various negative media exposures against Sathya Sai Baba. This holds true for The BBC Secret Swami, The Divine Downfall Interview, The Seduced Program, The Unesco Withdrawal, The U.S. State Dept. Warning, The Guardian Article By Paul Lewis, Michelle Goldberg’s Salon.com Article, etc.

Andries Krugers Dagneaux (former webmaster and current “Main Representative, Supervisor and Contact” for the largest Anti-Sai Website on the internet, hetnet.nl/~exbaba: Ref) made several very disturbing claims that Tanya Datta (correspondent for the BBC in the production of the Secret Swami documentary) and the BBC itself accepted and promoted the views of and were sympathetic with Ex-Devotees (Ref).

Furthermore, Barry Pittard purposely misrepresented the facts when he claimed that Dr. G. Venkataraman was allied with “proxy defamers whose libels and slanders are deemed by top lawyers in three countries to be extreme, widespread and highly actionable”. The “proxy defamer” that Barry Pittard mentioned actually refers to Joe Moreno. Although Ex-Devotees ceaselessly rant that Moreno is using proxy IPs, is “anonymous” and is a “proxy defamer”, they are so convinced of Moreno’s identity that they published his full contact details on Conny Larsson’s Anti-Sai domain along with a fraudulent screen-capture of his geocities website.

Regarding Alleged Libels, Slanders And ‘Top Lawyers’:
First and foremost, neither Dr. G. Venkataraman nor any other Sai Devotee or Pro-Sai Activist has been sued, served with a suit or even contacted by any lawyer for alleged “libels and slanders” (despite Barry Pittard’s questionable claims attributed to anonymous “top lawyers”). It is significant that although Barry Pittard claimed (again) he is in contact with anonymous “top lawyers” (from three countries, nonetheless), he has been unable (in the past 9 years since his defection) to assist any alleged victim to obtain legal representation or to assist any alleged victim to file a court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India. As a matter of fact, not even one alleged victim has even tried to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India despite:

  1. The lucrative prospect of a successful suit by money-hungry laywers (Sathya Sai Baba’s assets are assessed to be worth billions of dollars by ex-devotees).
  2. The offer of free “world-class legal resources” from Barry Pittard (Ref).
  3. Ex-Devotees and Barry Pittard’s constant claims that they are in correspondence with “international lawyers” and “top lawyers”.
  4. The vast publicity a lawsuit against Sathya Sai Baba would generate to their cause.
  5. The opportunity (whether the lawsuit is successful or not) to present to the world the alleged “evidence” they claim they possess.

It is significant, however, that Barry Pittard was threatened with a legal suit by Ramanathan, Robert Priddy was threatened with a million dollar legal suit for defamation by Leo Rebello (Ref) and a legal threat against Anti-Sai Activists (the details of which are fanatically protected and withheld) forced them to put a disclaimer on their Anti-Sai websites stating that the information they provide about Sai Baba may not be entirely true or valid (Ref)!

More anonymous claims and misrepresentations against Sathya Sai Baba by Barry Pittard.

Relevant Links:
Moreno Responds: Who Is Libeling And Slandering Whom?
Alaya Rahm Self-Dismissed His Own Lawsuit Against The SSB Society
Alaya Rahm – A 6-Year-Long Daily User Of Illegal Street Drugs And Alcohol
A Scathing Response To Critics About Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuit
The Rahm Family – Allegations Examined
UK BBC ‘Secret Swami’
The Truth About The Alleged Sathya Sai Baba ‘Sex Scandal’

Satya Sai Baba Book – ‘With Love, Man Is God’ by Samuel H. Sandweiss

Sathya Sai Baba - With Love Man Is God

Satya Sai Baba Book – ‘With Love, Man Is God’
by Samuel H. Sandweiss, M.D.
Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust

From the introductions:

“As a young psychiatrist wondering about the mysteries of man’s mind and about the extent of its capabilities, I came upon a holy man in India named “Sathya Sai Baba.” While I worked day and night in my office, seeing people with anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and dementia, I heard that Sai Baba taught about another possibility of man’s potential—that With Love, Man Is God.

Hearing about man’s divinity while closely witnessing his frailties and weaknesses seemed incongruent. In this atmosphere, I deeply wondered about man’s latent greatness. Could Sai Baba demonstrate a higher level of consciousness of peace and love that would bring lasting joy? Young and full of fire, I determined to find out for myself. Though skeptical, I was driven by a feeling of awe about life’s mysteries and the promise of man’s hidden potential.

Thus, the journey began. Inquisitive and open minded, I traipsed off to India in search of God! In the course of that remarkable adventure, I became convinced of Sai Baba’s divinity, and on closer inspection, of man’s divinity.

A lot has happened since I first met Sai Baba 32 years ago, in May 1972. I recounted my first experiences in India with Sathya Sai Baba in my book “Sai Baba: The Holy Man And The Psychiatrist,” published in 1975. It was about a young psychiatrist awakening to a new level of reality. I was astounded at coming face to face with an Avatar’. In the West, we are largely unfamiliar with the Eastern concept of Avatar, which literally translates to “an incarnation of God…the descent of deity to earth in bodily form.” In the Eastern view, Jesus and Krishna are considered Avatars.

Sai Baba: The Holy Man And The Psychiatrist has been printed in approximately 25 languages, and I have been inspired by the responses of its readers. Expressions of gratitude and love from people the world over have shown me, in a particularly intimate way, the power of Sai’s love to affect people. No matter how tough their exterior, when Sai Baba touches the essential core in people they become innocent, tender, and childlike. Witnessing this inner purity has given me an unexpected understanding of man’s nature: that innocence and love lie at our center and are our true nature.

Over the course of time, I became aware that man’s limited consciousness could expand to the level of divinity, that With Love, Man Is God! This book describes a continuation of my search for the meaning of life and some of my experiences and encounters with Sai Baba that convinced me of man’s divinity. This conviction rests in having experienced the eternal so potently in Sai Baba that it quieted my fear of death and gave me confidence in my potential for boundless love and infinite consciousness.

The way Sai Baba guided me to the title of this book is a good example of how the Avatar teaches selflessly without drawing attention to himself. I initially intended to title this book “Man Is God.” When I took a mockup of the cover to Sai Baba, he signed it quickly and seemingly without any forethought, so much so that I didn’t take a very close look at it. Not until a year later did I notice the significance of where Sai Baba placed his signature.

On close examination, I saw that he ran his words “With Love” into the title in a way that brought greater meaning to the book, for then it read With Love, Man Is God. It is too much for most of us to even consider that man is really God. However, when we contemplate Sai Baba’s profound teachings about love, we can intuit that With Love, Man Is God.

After my discovery I had a chance to ask Sai Baba if it was a good title. With great enthusiasm he answered, “Yes! That is just what I have been telling people.” Below is a mockup of where Sai Baba originally placed his signature on the cover.