Sathya Sai Baba’s Genuine Powers
The Australian Pit-Bull Of The Anti-Sai Movement
Barry Pittard flip-flops so often in his smear campaigns against Sathya Sai Baba it is very difficult to take him or his wishy-washy arguments at face value.
First of all, Barry Pittard was so devoted to Sathya Sai Baba that he named his own son after him. Barry Pittard wrote an article in Spiritual Impressions (a Sai Towers publication) claiming that Sathya Sai Baba foretold he would have a son. Barry was doubtful because he was (at the time) allegedly observing brahmacarya.
Isn’t it ironic that Barry Pittard wages gutter, vitriolic and bitter smear-campaigns against a Guru whose name he repeats day and night with love and fatherly affection? Every time Barry Pittard looks at his son, he is reminded of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
It should also come as no surprise that Barry Pittard fully believes that Sathya Sai Baba does possess genuine paranormal powers. As a matter of fact, Barry Pittard said:
“You mention witnessing Sai Baba’s performance of miracles. I can tell you that I and others have witnessed hundreds - and ones of the most profoundly beautiful sort - both mediated in his own person and in places far from him but in their style connected with him. My own view is this: that they are happening on a tremendously wide scale; that they cannot all be explained away as faked; that they are phenomena not at present rationally understood but different from Sai Baba’s view of them; and that there is nonetheless the utmost moral and ethical requirement for us to view any dark side fearlessly, and without going into psychological denial. It is hard, but, as ever in the case of spiritual development, the hard way can often be the good way, because it relentlessly blows away the stereotypical roadblocks of the ever encumbering mind.” –Barry Pittard to in an email to Brian O’Leary
“From November 1975, I began to experience many profound and beautiful phenomena. Wherever I travelled in the world, they manifested far away from, yet were often clearly related to, his physical presence on the planet. By November 26,1977, I first caught sight of him. I had mentally prayed, telling no one else, that on my arrival in Puttaparthy, he would come right up from wherever he was and personally greet me. I had just arrived when he mounted the stage, about to speak. I sat next to a well known Sai Baba devotee and friend Nanda Kishore of Arsenal, London and other men from the Russell Square Sai Baba centre to which we belonged. Sai Baba was about to speak into the microphone. He looked across a gap of two or more hundred yards, stopped what he was doing, crossed the broad stage, looking at me most of the time, then did something I have never in hundreds of public appearances seen him do. He abandoned security, and still maintaining - unmistakably - eye to eye contact with me, walked right into the crowds of seated men and made a track right to me and stood for a long time with his hand on my head in blessing. He certainly seemed to say, ‘Hullo Barry,’ exactly as he had done in a dream in London around June 1976, but I could have been mistaken because singing was taking place. I have had thousands of experiences that transcend scientific or intellectual explanation. Although he undoubtedly fakes miracles, plagiarizes the sayings of others, and makes many mistakes in his predictions and in his statements about history, my opinion differs from a few of my esteemed colleagues among his former followers. I have many times experienced supranormal phenomena related to him, which there is no explaining away. Unlike countless devotees and former devotees, I do not think that he DOES these phenomena as such. I think that some principle that we have not yet scientifically understood is at work, as it were THROUGH him, and, beyond, in connection with him. I also think that there needs to be unbiased enquiry into some of the implications of these powers (which relate to him whether the recipient is in or even far beyond his physical presence). Their sheer magnitude round the globe is bound to attract history’s final verdict that they are real, and do happen. (I have, by the way, found many rationalists and sceptics just as biased as many religionists). The world may have a degree of trouble on its hands. That powers of such profound beauty and outreach can mask and co-extend with deeds so heinous is surely of especial concern. That they markedly influence countless thousands of people in the highest echelons of power round the world is something worth questioning.” –Barry Pittard On QuickTopic
Even ex-devotees and critics of Sathya Sai Baba concede that Sai Baba’s paranormal powers cannot be explained, are genuine and occur on a world-wide scale unparalleled in known history. These are the same ex-devotees and critics who attempt to portray themselves as rational and logical and repeatedly claim that Sai Baba is a fraud magician and a trickster.
Anti-Sai Activists (including Barry Pittard) cannot make a sober and consistent argument against Sri Satya Sai Baba. They can only smear, propagandize, embellish and resort to baseless rumors, gossip and ad hominem attacks.
Barry Pittard claims that he is “an international coordinator in attempts to bring Sai Baba to justice” and is a coordinator belonging to the bogus “global coalition” F.D.S.S.B. Barry Pittard & Co attempt to whitewash, ignore and dismiss Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuit Against The Sathya Sai Baba Society, which revealed crucial and very disturbing information purposely suppressed about Alaya Rahm.
Barry Pittard attacks Sathya Sai Baba as both genuine and fraudulent, divine and human, light and dark. Unable to explain away the enigma of Sai Baba, Pittard sticks his foot in his mouth and leaves the door open just enough to compromise all of his arguments against his former Guru.
Let us hope that Barry's son does not develop some sort of mental complex when he grows up to realize that his name belongs to a Guru whom critics (including his own father) fallaciously call a “pedophile”, “homosexual” and a “fraud”. I feel sorry for Barry Pittard but feel even more sorry for his son, who bears the name of his father’s deeply-rooted negative obsession.
Barry, get some psychological help before you ruin your son’s life.