Some remarks from Ella Evers
on an article from T. S.
Date: Remarks (between lines)
by Ella Evers done on 08-03-01:
BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA
by Thilak S. Fernando
The full article is on: http://www.infolanka.com/org/diary/110.html
On 28 October 2000, London Daily
Telegraph columnist Mick Brown carried a feature article in the Telegraph
Magazine portraying Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the most derogatory terms as a sexual
pervert. He cited verbatim statements, which he said, were given to him by certain people
in the USA and India. Clarence Fernando who has seen, met and experienced Sai Baba over a
period of years has written to Mick Brown voicing his thoughts about Browns article
and Baba in general. He compares how mankind who crucified Lord Jesus with nails is now
trying to crucify a holy messenger of God whose sublime message is Love All Serve
All. Following is full test of Fernandos reply to the Telegraph Magazine
Clarence H. Fernando B.Sc(Econ)
149 Ridge Lane
23 November 00 Watford
Mr. Mick Brown WD17 4SU
1 Canada Square
London E14 5DT
In the Telegraph magazine of
28th October your feature article on Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba portrays him in the most
derogatory terms as a sexual pervert and cites the verbatim statements given to you by
certain people in the USA and India. These allegations have been leveled at him over a
long period but have not been substantiated or established as facts. As you will accept,
facts are sacred but comment in terms of speculation is free. People are at liberty to
infer doubtfully and malign great personalities with their own axes to grind. Most of the
great religious teachers, messengers of God and philosophers have been vilified,
ridiculed, and condemned throughout the ages and the tirade against a modern day Avatar or
messenger of God is no exception. Jesus Christ was crucified for his beliefs, books have
been written devaluing his teachings, a film was produced sometime ago, Last
Temptation of Christ which depicted him as a homosexual but today millions revere
him and follow his message of peace and harmony and seek his blessings.
Sathya Sai Baba, as you contend
does not consider himself as God; it is a belief held by his devotees.
I disagree. In one of my
interviews with Sai Baba, he showed his hand and asked:"What is in this hand" No
one answered... "This hand", Sai Baba then said, "can make heaven into
earth and earth into heaven." He said these things after materializing several golden
objects with diamonds before our eyes with a wave of that same hand. Was he not making us
believe that he was God, or what?????
According to him there is as
divine streak or Godliness in every human being, which needs to be nurtured and drawn out.
The analogy here as Sathya Sai Baba has explained, is a cup of water with sugar at the
bottom and when you drink it is tasteless but when you stir the water with a spoon, it is
syrup. Likewise, the heart is a cup and divinity lies at the bottom. How to stir the sugar
and make the syrup is what saints and religious leaders are supposed to know. Dissolving
the sugar is the process, which brings out the divinity to the surface. This is possible
by destroying ones ego the I and mine states of
As you yourself has commented
allegations of fakery and sleight of hand conjuring tricks have not turned away millions
of devotees who visit him in the Ashram in Puttaparthi and Whitefield. However, you
qualify your statement by speculating that such a situation is about to change and Swami
will fall from grace. This prognosis of yours having had access to former devotees and
based on their version of events relating to Sathya Sai Baba is deeply flawed.
Not so, I disagree here
wholeheartedly... One of the victims discussed and interviewed by Mick Brown was the USA
victim called Sam, who was severely molested under threats by Sai Baba, when he
refused to cooperate engaging in various sexual activities with Sai Baba.
Number of devotees have increased
over the years and is increasing.
Not so, we know better... Again
Mr.Fernando is engaging in propaganda here...
This development is not as a
result of a proselyitisation or dedicated missionary activity. Many devotees who have
never visited him or had interviews vouch for his Divine presence when and where
Gods praises are sung involving Sathya Sai Babas blessings in the acts of
devotion. It Sathya Sai Baba wants to travel around the world as some Gurus do he could do
so but he prefers to stay in his ashram and his devotees from all over the world visit
him. His omnipresence have been felt by devotees and non-devotees who have experienced the
smell of vibhuti (holy ash) and have seen holy ash and amrit (form of honey appearing on
holy pictures in the shrine rooms of devotees.
These materializations are
possible only through the devotion of devotees. These appearances of vibuthi and amrita
have also been found on pictures of Mary and Jesus. I have found vibuthi on my Guru's
picture as well as amrita... It is deep devotion itself that creates these phenomenon...
Devotees who have left Sathya Sai
Baba have been disillusioned since he did not grant their requests of material
wants-success in business ventures and career prospects.
I know know various people who
have left Sai Baba, who were very successful in business or other wealth creating
ventures. I personally have been given five interviews by Sai Baba. It was not by my
disappointment that I left but by the proof of pedophilia acts of Sai Baba...
Sathya Sai Baba does not encourage
acquisition of material wealth, influence, and power. His key message is to help his
devotees to destroy their egos and realize their divinity inherent in them. The emphasis
and focus is on service to the community, his saying the hands that serve are
holier than lips that pray has sent out a vibrant message, which effectively sums up
this holy mans pristine mission.
By these beautiful sayings he is
attracting well meaning people, gullible people... I was one myself for many years...Under
this disguise of goodness lies the evil or dark side of Sai Baba.
Some ex-devotees have
unfortunately come under the influence of the Christian backlash against Eastern
Most of the ex devotees I know
love Hinduism. I still pray to Ganeesh and do puja to him.
The recent Papal encyclical
Dominus Jesus has declared that all religions except Catholicism are deflective.
The categorical denunciation of great religions flows from the fact that most people in
the West have been attracted to Eastern religions as a result the influence of
Christianity is waning in most countries.
It is relevant here to cite the
incident, which took place in Rome. On his deathbed, Pope Jon XXIII the most
liberal of the Popes of the Roman Papal Curia is said to have had a vision of a man
that would usher in a new golden age of peace and harmony humankind has never known. The
late Pope had described the man with brown skin who will wear a distinctive red robe.
How many are now wearing this same
orange robe..., there are many Babas all over India. My own guru in north India wore
the color orange...This is not sufficient proof of anything.
Similarly the great 16th century
seer Nostradamus and American Prophet Edgar Cayce had predicted that a holy man from the
East would challenge the major religions of the world as a prelude to a Golden Age. Such
developments have shaken the foundations of Christianity, which is already under doctrinal
threats from within the clergy some of whom do not believe in the Virgin Birth.
The fact that a Catholic priest,
as mentioned in your article, was excommunicated since he wrote a book under the title
A Catholic Priest meets Sai Baba is evidence to prove that the Roman Catholic
Church is deeply concerned and alarmed of the threat from Eastern religions in undermining
An overstatement. The Catholic
power in the world is stronger than ever. Did not even George Bush visit the Pope and NOT
A key question arising from the
contents of your article is why the ex-devotees who furnished you with the damning
evidence of Sri Sathya Sai Babas sexual exploits, did not raise those issues as and
when such incidents tool place without waiting for years to reveal them.
This is a false assumption.
Already in the seventies did one devotee bring the sexual molestation question up
to a high ranking officer Dr Hislop(Conny Larsson). It was all put nicely under
the carpet. My own friend, whose son has been molested, wrote a lengthy letter to Dr.
Goldstein(see Internet)about Baba's impropriety with her son in 1988.
The reason why some ex-devotees in
India have left him is Sathya Sai Babas attacks on the rigid caste system in India.
His enlightened declaration There is only one caste which is the caste of humanity
has impressed many. Such a robust statement pregnant with meaning has exposed its
apologists as bigots who have no place in the Sai family. Gandhi the apostle of peace and
harmony called the harijans and dalits who belong to the lowest castes as children of God
and Sathya Sai Baba has endorsed and reinforced that message, hence the vendetta against
the holy man.
Most ex devotees like myself have
a very high respect for the Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, the activists who
followed their hearts, their calling inspired by God...
Uri Geller the world famous
magician and psychic in an article in the London Times of 23 June 1999 (copy enclosed)
states that rumours of Sathya Sai Babas fakery have never been proven and many
thousands have seen wonders that would defeat the best conjurors.
People like James Redmond, the
maker of SB videos were the ones who discovered the tricks on these videos...
He adds that if someone wants to
see for himself/herself before they can believe the only sure way may be a flight to his
Ashram in Puttaparthi.
I did and saw Sai Baba in an
interview unzipping a young man's pants. To find the story see the Internet...
The observation coming from an
eminent psychic cannot be ignored and given food for thought
It is interesting to note Dr.
Bhatias answer, as quoted in your article, where he confirmed that he still believes
that Sri Sathya Sai Baba is God despite what he disclosed to you in an unfavorable light
about Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Also, as quoted in your article,
Jeff Young, who made damning allegations against Sathya Sai Baba confesses that having
followed Sathya Sai Babas teachings over 23 years have made him a humble, honest and
a kind human being.
This was the God within Jeff,
which at that time he had projected unto Sai Baba, believing him to be his very own self.
In the footnote to your article it
is stated that the full names of the critics are not disclosed if such people have the
courage of their conviction why shelter behind fictitious names and not be more
forthcoming? Information gleaned from such people is not worth of belief.
I personally know this victim and
can understand because the the severity of the sexual misuse of this boy, that the parent
in order to protect their young son cannot and will not give out their name. In a Court of
law the correct names will be revealed... It may not come to any such Courts as the Courts
of India are known to have Sai devotees under the high ranking judges.
Since you may wish delve further
into the spiritual world of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, I would very kindly refer you to a book
with the title Modern Miracles by Erlendur Haroldson PhD. Professor of Psychology at the
University of Iceland. It is an investigative report on the psychic phenomenon associated
with Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Please find enclosed a copy of an
article which appeared in the British Medical Journal (Volume 321 2nd September
2000) which my may find interesting.
Having witnessed and experienced
events over a long period of time true devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba have no time or the
need to listen to the orchestrated campaign of maligning and vilification against a holy
man loved by millions of devotees. They very mankind who crucified Lord Jesus with nails
is now trying to crucify
If Sai Baba is truly an Avatar
as he said he is, then good or bad is equal to him. He is then full of equanimity,
undisturbed in the isness of his being. If he is sat chit ananda, why is he calling the ex
devotees Judases in his Christmas discourse? Does he see himself as Jesus, the Rabbi who
was crucified because the people did not understand his advanced teachings? Where is the
parallel??? Baba's teachings are well liked by many even many of his ex devotees.
a holy messenger of God whose
sublime message is Love All Serve All.
The message of Love all, serve
all is allright, but the messenger is a sexual pervert... I would advise to follow the
message, but not the messenger. This is propaganda of the worst sort and very self
serving. May we all pray the the truth will be revealed, because the truth will set us
Sgd. Clarence H. Fernando