When Critics Attack, Slur, Malign, Defame And Ridicule

When Critics Attack, Slur, Malign, Defame And Ridicule

Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba love to the play the victims and often whine and snivel about how they are being “attacked”. Purposely suppressed by Ex-Devotees, however, is the fact that they wage vicious smear campaigns against anyone who does not submit to their conspiratorial, fanatic and hate-based agendas.

Since Ex-Devotees continually attempt to deceive the general public with disinformation, this article will focus on the numerous people who are/were attacked, named, misrepresented, maligned, defamed, ridiculed and/or threatened by ex-devotees, critics and skeptics of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Ex-Devotees Relenteless Attacks Against Sai Devotees And Non-Devotees
Please note that some of the individuals in the following name list are not Sathya Sai Baba devotees but were attacked, maligned, misrepresented or ridiculed in relation to the Sai Controversy. Some of the people in the name list were publicly “outed” as Sai Devotees on Anti-Sai websites in an attempt to embarrass, name and/or associate them with Sathya Sai Baba and/or the Sai Controversy. Many gurus have been criticized in association with Sathya Sai Baba although some Ex-Devotees (like Robert Priddy) reference gurus as credible sources if they say something negative against Sathya Sai Baba.

Critic’s fanatic conspiracy theories also accuse the entire Indian Government (including numerous governmental and police subdivisions) of “covering up” for Sathya Sai Baba although no basic police complaints or court cases have ever been filed against the Guru in India by any alleged victim and/or his/her parents!

The following name list is only a partial list of names and there are numerous other names left out because of obvious time constraints in perusing thousands of Anti-Sai webpages and Anti-Sai blogged posts:

  1. A. Ramakrishna
  2. A.N. Safaya
  3. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
  4. Adarsh Sein Anand
  5. Adivi A. Reddy
  6. Al Drucker
  7. Alice Coltrane
  8. Amma Bhagavan
  9. Ammachi (Amritanandamayi Maa)
  10. Anand Sur
  11. Andhra Pradesh Crime Branch DIG
  12. Andhra Pradesh High Court
  13. Andhra Pradesh State Government
  14. Andy Rye
  15. Anerood Jugnauth
  16. Anil Kumar
  17. Anita Sharma
  18. Ann Jevons
  19. Annica Pia-Lia Karkkeinen
  20. Antonio Craxi
  21. Arjuna Ranatunga
  22. Arnold Schulman
  23. Art Ong Jumsai
  24. Ashok Bhagwani
  25. Aswathnarayana
  26. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  27. B. Subbannachar
  28. B.N. Narasimhamurthy
  29. Bala Sai Baba
  30. Barbara Sinclair
  31. Benito Craxi
  32. Bernard Gruber
  33. Berniece Mead
  34. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
  35. Birgitte Rodriguez
  36. Bjorn Sandstrom
  37. Brian O’Leary
  38. Bon Giovanni
  39. C. Srinivas
  40. C.L. Kaw
  41. Carol Riddell
  42. Chandrasekhar Balasubramanian (Sekharji)
  43. Charlene Leslie-Chaden
  44. Charles Penn
  45. Chris Parnell
  46. Chotabhai G. Patel
  47. Claire McCarthy
  48. Connie Shaw
  49. Cooper Union
  50. Craig Hamilton Parker
  51. Dana Gillespie
  52. Darpane Rane
  53. Datuk Jagadeeshan
  54. David Greenstein
  55. David Gries
  56. David Jevons
  57. David Wolff
  58. David Zeller
  59. Debra Miller
  60. Deepak Chopra
  61. Diana Baskin
  62. Dhirubhai J. Gadhia
  63. Don Mario Mazzoleni
  64. Doordarshan
  65. Dorothy O’Brien
  66. Duke of Edinburgh Award
  67. Easwaramma
  68. Edel Saaby
  69. Elvie Bailey
  70. Elaine Gries
  71. Elsie Cowan
  72. Emil Jacobsen
  73. Erin Bogart
  74. Erlendur Haraldsson
  75. Eruch B. Fanibunda
  76. Faith Penn
  77. Freestone Wilson
  78. George Trevelyan
  79. G. Venkataraman
  80. G.R. Sholapurkar
  81. G.V.Subba Rao
  82. Gagan Manchanda
  83. Geesje Lunshof
  84. George Leland
  85. Gerald Joe Moreno
  86. Girija Prasad Koirala
  87. Gita Paramahamsa
  88. Gloria St. John
  89. Goldie Hawn
  90. Gopal Ballav Pattanaik
  91. Graciela Busto
  92. Gunnar Moritsen
  93. Hal Honig
  94. Hidesh Gupta
  95. Hiramalini Seshadri
  96. Homer S. Youngs
  97. Howard Levin
  98. Howard Murphet
  99. Indian C.B.C.I.D.
  100. Indian C.B.I
  101. Indian C.V.C.
  102. Indian Central Government
  103. Indian Central Excise and Customs Department
  104. Indian Law Enforcement Department
  105. Indra Devi
  106. Indulal Shah
  107. Isaac Tigrett
  108. J. Geeta Reddy
  109. J. Kumari
  110. J. Trygved
  111. Jaani Drucker
  112. Jack Hawley
  113. Jack Scher
  114. Jaganaatha Sai Jegathesan
  115. James Sinclair
  116. Janaki Ramiah
  117. Jason Middleton
  118. Jesus Christ
  119. Jette Madsen
  120. Jill Lewis-Kelly
  121. Jim Dailey
  122. Joan Brown
  123. Joga Rao
  124. John Behner
  125. John Evans
  126. John (Jack) Hislop
  127. Jolene Resnick
  128. Jonathan Roof
  129. Jorgen Mollgard
  130. Jorgen Trygved
  131. Joy Thomas
  132. Judy Warner
  133. K. Chakravarthi
  134. K.R. Paramahamsa
  135. Kalki Bhagavan
  136. Kanwaljeet S. Anand
  137. Karunamba Ramamurthy
  138. Keith Bradsher
  139. Keith Critchlow
  140. Kondal Rao
  141. Konnamma Polisetti
  142. Kutumb Rao
  143. L. K. Advani
  144. Lakshmi N. Devamma
  145. Leela Press
  146. Leo Rebello
  147. Leonardo Gutter
  148. Lewis Kreydick
  149. Lidvin Virkesdal
  150. Lisa De Witt
  151. Little Heart
  152. Lucas Ralli
  153. M.L. Leela
  154. M.N. Rao
  155. M.K. Kaw
  156. M.K. Rasgotra
  157. Madhavi Majmudar
  158. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  159. Manish Sharma
  160. Manmohan Singh
  161. Margrete Koyto
  162. Maynard Ferguson
  163. Millie Phillips
  164. Michael J. Hollander
  165. Michael Goldstein
  166. Michael Nobel
  167. Michael Jackson
  168. Monica Socolowicz
  169. Moyia O’Brien
  170. Motilal Vora
  171. Munni Kaul
  172. Murali Krishna Yachendra
  173. Murali Manohar Joshi
  174. N. Chandrababa Naidu
  175. N. Radhakrishna
  176. N.T. Rama Rao
  177. Najma Heptulla
  178. Nagamani Purnaiya
  179. Nanabhoy Palkhivala
  180. Nanny Brander
  181. Narayan Kasturi
  182. Neelam Sabharwal
  183. New York Times
  184. Nish Paramjorthy
  185. O.P. Mehra
  186. O.P.Vidyakar
  187. P.V. Narasimha Rao
  188. Pal Dhall
  189. Pathakunta Obula Reddy
  190. Pedda Bottu
  191. Peggy Mason
  192. Peter Pruzan
  193. Peter Westgarth
  194. Phyllis Krystal
  195. Pietro Marena
  196. Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati
  197. Pravin Patel
  198. R. Balapattabi
  199. R. Ramakrishnam Raju
  200. R. Ramanujam
  201. R. Venkatraman
  202. R. S. Raman
  203. Ra. Ganapathi
  204. Radiosai
  205. Raghuram
  206. Rajah of Venkatigiri
  207. Ranganath Mishra
  208. Ranganathan Padmanabhan
  209. Ram Das Awle
  210. Ramesh Chandra Lahoti
  211. Ratan Lal
  212. Richard Bayer
  213. Richard Bock
  214. Richard Friedrich
  215. Richard Prescott
  216. Richard Selby
  217. Rico Mario Haus
  218. Rita Bruce
  219. Robert Baskin
  220. Robert (Bob) Bozzani
  221. Robert Lowenberg
  222. Ron Farmer
  223. Ron Laing
  224. Rosemary Perry
  225. Russi Karanjia
  226. Ryuko Hira
  227. S. Aditya
  228. S. Revathi
  229. S. Usha
  230. S.B. Chavan
  231. S.M. Krishna
  232. S.P. Malhotra
  233. S.S. Uban
  234. S.V. Chittibabu
  235. SaiBabaOfIndia
  236. SaiBabaLinks
  237. Saidas Babaji
  238. Saikiran Shetty
  239. Sai Kumar Mahajan
  240. Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi
  241. Sai Ma Sakunthala
  242. Sai Giridhar Narahari
  243. Sai Online
  244. Sai Surendranath
  245. Sam Piroj Barucha
  246. Samuel Sandweiss
  247. Sathya Sai Baba
  248. Sathya Sai Books And Publications Trust
  249. Sathya Sai Central Trust
  250. Sathya Sai Medical Trust
  251. Sathya Sai Organization
  252. Sathya Sai Society Of America
  253. Sathya Sai University
  254. Satya Pal Ruhela
  255. Seema Naipul
  256. Seshadri Harihar
  257. Shakuntala Balu
  258. Shankar Dayal Sharma
  259. Shanti Jegathesan
  260. Shashi Tharoor
  261. Shirdi Sai Baba
  262. Shitu Chudasama
  263. Shiv Kumar Sharma
  264. Shivraj V. Patil
  265. Simon Brace
  266. Smriti Srinivas
  267. Smt. Vijayakumari
  268. Sri Ramanathan
  269. Srimad Sai Rajarajeshwari
  270. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  271. Stephanie Relfe
  272. Steen Piculell
  273. Steven Segal
  274. Sue Williams
  275. Sunil Gavaskar
  276. Suresh Govind
  277. Super Specialty Hospitals
  278. Susan Olorenshaw
  279. Sushil Kumar Shinde
  280. Swami Ambikananda
  281. Swami Ananda Baba
  282. Swami Gopal Krishna Baba
  283. Swami Nagananda
  284. Swami Roberto
  285. Swami Premananda
  286. Swami Vishwananda
  287. SWARA
  288. Swetha Agrawal
  289. Sylvie Craxi
  290. T. Sri Ramanathan
  291. T. Viswanadha Rao
  292. Thorbjorn Meyer
  293. Tony Blair
  294. Tony McNulty
  295. Tuula Anja Tammelin
  296. UNESCO
  297. V. Balu
  298. V. Radhakrishna
  299. V. Ramnath
  300. V. Srinivasan
  301. V.C. Kondappa
  302. V.I.K. Sarin
  303. V.K. Narasimhan
  304. V.S. Prasad
  305. Venkamma
  306. Venkatamuni
  307. Victor Krishna Kanu
  308. Vijaya Hemchand
  309. Vilasrao Deshmukh
  310. Vinayaka Krishna Gokak
  311. Vladimir Antonov
  312. Walter Cowan
  313. Wayne Dyer
  314. William Bill McKay Aitken
  315. William Harvey
  316. William L. Brelsford
  317. William Miller
  318. Y.V. Anjaneyulu
  319. Zeba Bashiruddin

Left out of the name list above are 155 (One Hundred Fifty Five) Sai Students whose names were lifted off of alumni.net and maliciously published on the Ex-Baba domain as being abused by Sathya Sai Baba. Needless to say, many of the Sai Students personally contacted Moreno denying the abuse allegations and requested that their names be removed from the bogus list (hence a screencap with the names instead of actual text). Click thumbnail to enlarge:

Bogus List Of 155 Names Of Sai Students

Bogus List Of 155 Names Of Sai Students


Barry Pittard attacked, trashed and bashed all of India as being universally “corrupt”. Despite claiming that everyone in India suffers from corruption to some extent or other, Barry Pittard often cites and endorses Indian Rationalists (who must surely be tainted by the same “corruption” that Pittard claims taints everyone else in India).

Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy attacked hundreds of millions of Hindus (including other religions that believe in miracles) as being “backward intellectually” “ignorant peasants” who believe in scriptures that are “sheer delusion” and “impossible concocted stories of the ‘Superman’ kind” (Ref). Despite publicly presenting themselves as scientific and rationalistic, Barry Pittard, Robert Priddy & Co. adamantly refuse to say a single word about Psychic Trance Medium & Self-Proclaimed Prophet Conny Larsson (whom they continually cite, uphold, praise and endorse as a credible voice against Sathya Sai Baba).

On the ExBaba guestbook, Nish Paramjorthy made a critical comment using his real name and email address. Robert Priddy and Reinier Van Der Sandt traced Nish’s email address to his place of employment and maliciously sent them complaints in an attempt to embarrass him and get him fired. Numerous other people have emailed Moreno in confidence telling the same story about Ex-Devotee’s feral attacks.

Despite Ex-Devotee’s foaming-at-the-mouth attacks against others as belonging to the “lunatic fringe” seen in cults, ashrams and religious movements, they adamantly refuse to say one word about the pervasive lunatic fringe in the Anti-Sai movement, which includes:

Ex-Devotee’s unremitting and malicious “attacks” against others are fully documented facts and they are notorious for peddling their disinformation as the “irrefutable truth” to unsuspecting readers. Ex-Devotee’s push forward with their agendas of deceit, defamation and propagandizing because they think no one will find out. Well, they are dead wrong.

Also read:
March 2008 – Open Letter To The Prashanti Council
Pervasive Anti-Sai Propaganda On The Interenet
Pervasive Internet Attacks Against Gerald Moreno

The God Beyond The Head

Sathya Sai Baba - Heart To Heart

Sathya Sai Baba - Heart To Heart


The God Beyond The Head

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam.

Here in Prashanti, it is quite common to see many people sitting in the veranda reading books, while waiting for Sathya Sai Baba to come out for Darshan. These days, many of the books that devotees are reading deal with Science and God. By and large, these books appear to examine whether or not God exists, through the “scientific route,” if we might call it that. Some of the books are by theologians, while others are by scientists. Where the latter are concerned, the question seems to be: “Looking at the physical Universe as it has evolved and as it is today, is there any evidence to suggest that it was created by a God beyond the Universe?”

The question as well as the approach of exploration is nothing new. From very ancient times, people have repeatedly been asking: “Wherefrom did the Universe come, and was there a Supreme Creator who actually willed it and brought it into existence?” Given the intrinsic doubting nature of humans, we suppose this question would remain for ever, at least as long the human race exists.

Now why did we bring all this up? For a good reason; we wish to discuss today the question: “How does one think of God, what does one believe about God and how exactly must one relate to God?” Actually, we have nothing original to say on the subject because all that needs to be said has already said by Sathya Sai Baba; what we intend to do is just to pull together the various pieces and offer them as one integrated piece.

We would like to start by reminding ourselves that the human being is actually a composite of three entities: The gross body, the subtle Mind and the even subtler Heart. Of these, the Heart is the seat of feeling; the Mind is the vehicle for generating thoughts while the body is the engine of action. Generally speaking, action is preceded by thoughts, which are in turn triggered by feelings – in other words, the hierarchy is, Heart first, Mind next, the senses and the body last. Here is an example that illustrates the point.

You are walking along the road and you see an old hungry lady begging for food. That sight fills your Heart with sadness and compassion. That feeling makes your Mind think: “I have with me here in a bag that I am carrying, some bread. Why not I give this lady a part of that loaf?” That is the thought that arises in your Mind. The thought then triggers action. You go near the old woman, stop, smile, take out some bread, give it to her and say, “Mother, please accept this food as a gift from God. Hope you would like it,” or something like that.

You may say, “All this is fine but how does it relate to the title of this article?” Ah, that exactly is what we are coming to! Let us go back to the example just given and ask: “What if the Heart did not ooze with compassion, at the sight of the old and hungry lady?” You might have just walked away without paying any attention.

The difference between actions shaped entirely by the “Head” and those triggered by the “Heart” were beautifully brought out by Jesus a long time ago, through his famous parable of the Good Samaritan. We have referred to this story any number of times in the past but it is necessary to recall it briefly one more time, in order to place it in the present context. In that story, there is a man who has been waylaid by robbers, ripped of all his possessions, beaten black and blue, and left helpless by the side of a desert track. Two people pass by, one after the other, a Levite and a priest. Both take a look at the man and pass on. Why? Was it not obvious to them that the poor man needed urgent help? Perhaps in a vague way it was. Even as they were possibly wondering what they ought to do, the Head, we are sure, must have intervened and said, “Listen, you want to help that man? But what’s there in it for you? Move on.”

If we analyse carefully we would find that most of the time when people switch off when assistance or help is desperately needed is because of the question: “What’s there in it for me?” Given human nature, this question is inevitable; it would always arise. If that be the case, does it mean that one would always come to the conclusion, “No, there is nothing in it for me,” and walk away as the priest and the Levite did? How then does one explain the behaviour of the Good Samaritan, whose example Jesus holds out for us? What was there in it for him? That really is the point of our discussion today.

You see, the question that we referred to does indeed arise often. And every time the question is asked [the question, by the way, is always asked by the “Head”], there sure is an answer. However, there are two sources for the answer – the Head, and the Heart. In the case of the Levite and the priest, it was the Head that answered. It simply said, “Move on buddy, there is nothing in it for you.” In the case of the Good Samaritan, the answer came from the Heart, which said, “Look at that poor fellow. He desperately needs your help. Go and do something for him, whatever you can.”

This then tells us, that two voices can and do speak from within, each with its own perspective. One voice is that of the “Head” and the other is from the “Heart”. The question now arises: “What is the difference, and how do we distinguish between the two?” The answer has been given by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He says the voice of the Head is really the voice of the lower self or the ego. And the voice from the Heart? That is the Voice of the True Higher Self, the Indweller, the Voice of God. As for the difference, the Head will generally offer many options and argue: “Listen, this option means these advantages for you. That option means those advantages and disadvantages for you. Choose this one, because this means least trouble for you and indeed a lot of gain.” In other words, the language of the Head is the language of business, of profit and loss, of advantages and disadvantages, in short, the language of selfishness. As for the Heart, it never offers multiple choices. God the Resident of the Heart, is One. He is Truth, and Truth as Sathya Sai Baba often reminds us, is always one, not two. In practical terms, the Heart will always give only one option, that option being what God would like us to do.

To sum up this part of the discussion, we note the following important points:

  • The Head is not everything.
  • The Head always offers many options and argues which is most advantageous and so forth.
  • The options of the Head are inevitably tinged with selfishness, sometimes in the extreme.
  • The options of the Head might seem very rational from a worldly point of view but one must not be fooled.
  • They all arise from the Ego, must be carefully avoided.
  • As for the Heart, it never speaks with a “forked tongue”.
  • It gives only one option, always, because Truth is one and not two.
  • The course of action indicated by the Heart is always free from selfishness because its source is God.

In fact, “the selfishness test” is the best way of checking out whether the voice we hear from within is from the Head or from the Heart.

Getting back to the point we started with, we would at this point like to say that to us at least, it seems meaningless to discover God through the route of Science. Such explorations might be intellectually very challenging and even stimulating but at the end of the day, we wonder about their utility. What we mean is the following: OK, through Science we “prove” there is a God. What next? Do we raise yet another question, start yet another inquiry and write more books?

In our view, all this is a complete waste of time. Gandhi told the western world way back in 1931, “He is no God who merely satisfies the intellect. God to be God must rule the Heart and transform the senses. He is LOVE.” That is what we find in the case of the Good Samaritan. God ruled his Heart and his actions bear testimony to that. This leads us to the important point that it does not make sense to “discover” the existence of God via Science. Such an exercise depends on the “Head” and, as Gandhi has pointed out, this is a futile way of trying to find out whether God exists or not.

We must not try to “understand” God as some are trying to do but EXPERIENCE God. How does one do that? Sathya Sai Baba has given the answer. He says Bliss is Union with God. This implies that experiencing Bliss is the best way to experience God. The question now arises: “What is this Bliss? How is it different from pleasure, that one gets say from gambling?” The answer is simple and once again is available from Sathya Sai Baba. When we talk of joy, happiness etc., we invariably mean pleasure that we get out worldly experiences, experiences that gratify the senses in some manner or the other. These “joyful” experiences [like the “good feeling” one supposedly gets by drinking alcohol say] belong to the dual world and therefore have an opposite. As Satya Sai Baba reminds us so often, pleasure is an interval between two pains. Further, let us say a person enjoys a cone of ice-cream. One year later when he recalls that event, it remains a mere recollection. There is no particular joy in the recollection. On the other hand, let us consider an Interview that Swami has given us. During the Interview of course we are all in a state of Bliss; it cannot be any other way. Ten years later when we recall, we still feel a lot of exhilaration. That is an important quality of Bliss. Also, it has no opposite, since Bliss belongs to the non-dual realm of God.

So, experiencing Bliss is what experiencing God is all about. There are many ways of experiencing such Bliss. Listening to stories of the Lord is one; listening to songs in praise of the Lord is another; singing Sai Bhajans with feeling is yet another; and so on the list goes. We submit, as Sathya SaiBaba has often told us, serving others with Selfless Love is the simplest and most practical way of experiencing Bliss. That is exactly how one can understand the behaviour of the Good Samaritan. The Head asked the question: “What is there in it for me?” And the Heart answered, “There is Bliss; don’t miss the chance; experience Bliss through service and be with God at least for some time.”

To wrap it all up, we submit that trying to reason out the existence of God may be intellectually stimulating and satisfying but at the end of the day, it merely amounts to what Swami refers to as Bookish Knowledge. On the other hand, spontaneously responding to distress and reaching out to help results in Bliss, and constitutes, in Sathya Sai Baba’s language, Practical Knowledge. If we are interested in joy, pleasure or “kicks” to use a popular slang, the Head is the best agent. But if we want Bliss, then the Heart is the unfailing guide.

In a sense thus, life is constantly offering us a choice between pleasure and Bliss. If we want pleasure, the Head would show the way, but if we prefer Bliss, then we must look beyond the Head, for that is where God is.

Have you noticed that Spirituality is not something hairy-fairy but very practical? That is why Swami refers to Spirituality as Practical Knowledge. Swami does not want us to withdraw from or to run away from the world into seclusion. He wants us to be very much in it, but conduct our lives using the Heart as a compass rather than the Head.

There is a lot that needs to be said on this subject but we shall deal with that later. For the moment, we take your leave. Till we get together again.

Jai Sai Ram.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart” Team.

Irrational Rationalists

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Irrational Rationalists

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam. Last week, we commented upon Sathya Sai Baba‘s Hospitals and what a mighty contrast they offer to most of the other hospitals in India. Yet, very few people know about the wonders that Sathya Sai Baba’s Hospitals are. Such ignorance about Sathya Sai Baba and His glorious missions is widespread, and to make our point, this week we shall start with a quote from a well-known social activist and a self-confessed rationalist. This is what he wrote recently in leading national daily. The article was all about what the writer calls ‘godmen’, and in a thinly veiled reference to Satya Sai Baba, the writer says:

At the top of this is a godman, who counts ex-Presidents and Prime Ministers among his disciples. The cabal running his trust boasts of top-level IAS officers (retired but active). It has former Directors-General of Police too. Rather ugly charges been brought in foreign courts against their leader. But media scrutiny of it all is weak.

Actually, the writer starts off on a real nasty note but we have refrained from quoting that obnoxious sentence in order to spare anguish and pain to you, our dear Subscriber.

The world, as we all know, is a mixture of good and bad; this is unavoidable since the world, as Swami often reminds us, is a mere reflection of our inside. If good and evil co-exist outside, it is because good and evil co-exist inside. Swami’s Spiritual Mission, which this writer contemptuously dismisses, as a unit of ‘massive spiritual industry’, is really an attempt to help man to sort out himself and to transform internally, so that Society as a whole changes for the better. Before we come to the philosophical aspects, we would like to raise a few practical points.

The writer in question is critical of Sathya Sai Baba. There are of courses, Gurus and Gurus; some who are well meaning and do a lot of good to Society, each in their own way, and others who are charlatans and hoodwink Society in order to make a fast buck. Just because there are many quacks, can one damn the entire medical profession? Recently, it was discovered that a certain group of scientists had faked results and published a paper with supposedly epoch making results. Later the fraud was discovered, and the scientists concerned had to suffer public humiliation. Now just because there are the occasional frauds, is it fair to damn all scientists everywhere? Yet, our rationalist friends are quick to damn those they despise, without even bothering to look at the facts.

Just consider the case of the writer whom we have quoted. He is unhappy because Indian Media generally glorify Gurus and do not critically examine and expose; and in this broad-brush attack, he includes Sathya Sai Baba also. This seems to indicate that the writer has already judged and sentenced; only, he wants the Media to proclaim to the world, his verdict. Is this being rational and objective? Has the writer in question made any effort to know anything at all about Swami’s Hospitals that we wrote about last week? Dr. Hegde, Senior Neuro-Surgeon in the Bangalore Super Speciality Hospital, came there after many years of experience elsewhere and an enviable professional reputation as well as a distinguished track record. With all his credentials, Dr. Hegde can command any salary he wants in any commercial hospital. Yet, he has chosen to willingly forgo all that and work in Sathya Sai Baba’s Hospital. Do you know why? Because here, he can serve the poorest of the poor, as he himself has openly declared. If this is a part of Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘industry’, pray what is wrong with it?

Leave aside the Hospitals, wonders though they are. Let us turn to what Swami has done by way of providing safe drinking water to millions. Is this writer who is so quick to damn and quote so-called court cases abroad, aware that how much Swami has done to bring safe drinking water to thirsty people, especially in villages? Here are some statistics: Swami’s Trust spent $70 million for the Anantapur Water Project alone. About $180 million is the total amount of money spent by Baba’s Trusts in all Water Projects. Not only that; the entire water works was gifted away to the people of Andhra Pradesh. Sathya Sai Baba did not take one cent. Speaking on that occasion, Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu, then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh said that Swami, out of compassion for poor villagers, had done what the Central and the State Governments ought to have.

The Anantapur project was just the beginning, and since then Swami has done many others; we will not tax you with details here; they can be easily found in Heart 2 Heart. We would just like to make a few simple points:

  1. In about a decade, Sathya Sai Baba’s drinking water projects have enabled about ten million people in various places, including about 7.5 million in Madras/Chennai, to get safe drinking water.
  2. Sathya Sai Baba’s Trust has spent about $180 millions for all this, but the Trust has not collected one single cent in return. For Sathya Sai Baba, the fact that He made millions happy was enough.

Take the dimension of Seva, which goes on non-stop from Fiji to Peru and everywhere in between. Few have any idea of how much Seva, devotees of Sathya Sai Baba quietly do all the time. The writer in question has made sarcastic comments about a certain godman who went to visit the tsunami relief sites but beat a hasty retreat along with his huge retinue of cars, when he heard a rumour that another tsunami was on the way. Does this writer know that when corpses in their hundreds lay scattered all across the beaches of South India and when the members of the Civil Administration and the Police refused to pick them up and remove them, it was Sathya Sai Baba’s Seva Dals who took tetanus shots and dared to remove them? In fact, Sathya Sai Baba’s devotees rushed to help not only in India but also in Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. All this is well documented in a special issue of Heart 2 Heart, in great detail we might add.

Rationalists live trapped in the world of the ‘Head’ because for them anything beyond is irrational. Yet, in the State of West Bengal, ruled by ‘Left-led rationalist movement’ as our writer describes them, when there is dirty work to be done, who is it that is called? Sathya Sai Baba’s Seva Dals. Just to give an example, every year at the festival of Ganga Sagar, which occurs in mid-January, a million pilgrims come for a holy dip to the spot where Ganges merges with the sea. On that occasion, large stretches of the beach become toilets; and who cleans the beach? Sathya Sai Baba’s Seva Dals! The list goes on.

Objectively speaking, God-denying rationalists are more to be pitied than censured. For instance, the writer whose remarks have triggered this ‘Sunday Special’ is personally a committed social activist helping with many humanitarian causes. That he feels for the suffering of the poor cannot be denied. The tragedy, however, is that ‘rationalists,’ do not readily accept that qualities like Love, compassion, forbearance etc., are Divine in origin and flow from the Heart.

If we analyse carefully, most of the problems that humanity faces today are caused by the ‘Head’. And most of the time, experts try to produce solutions for these problems from that very same ‘Head’! That sort of approach can never work, when the problems are created by envy, jealousy, hatred etc. Problems produced by the evil tendencies lurking within humans can be solved only by the Heart.

Rationalists, trapped as they are in world of the ‘Head’, and refusing as they do to look at the dimensions beyond, are like the people who believe in the Flat Earth hypothesis. We can certainly pretend the earth is flat on scales like a football field and may be on slightly larger scales too. But on the scale of the solar system, the earth is certainly not flat.

God is for all, and everyone needs Spirituality, whether our writer accepts it or not. Thus, one must not complain if so-called VIPs come to Sathya Sai Baba; so do millions of others, all the way from a cook in Montana to a school-teacher from New Zealand. Somehow, the writer seems to focus only on the VIPs and imagine that to be a minus mark for Sathya Sai Baba!

The reason why we raised this topic is because many devotees write to us expressing concern about the innumerable negative comments aired all the time by these so-called rationalists, most of who do not even follow the elementary rule of checking on facts before commenting adversely. They passionately believe in the truth of their assertions because their views are based on those of other ‘rationalists’. Is that being rational? We wonder!

Thank you and Jai Sai Ram.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart”
RadioSai’s e-Journal Team,
In Sai Service.