William Bill Aitken - (aka ‘Liam McKay Aitken’)
William McKay Aitken - Bill Aitken - Liam McKay & The Sathya Sai Baba Controversy:
Bill Aitken is Scottish by birth, a naturalized Indian by choice. He studied comparative religion at Leeds University and then hitch-hiked to India in 1959. He has lived in Himalayan ashrams, worked as secretary to a maharani, freelanced under his middle name (Liam McKay) and undertaken miscellaneous excursions - from Nanda Devi to Sabarimala - on an old motorbike and by steam railway. William McKay Aitken has written on travel and tourism for newspapers, journals and magazines in India for several years and is the author of:
- The Nanda Devi Affair
- Riding The Ranges: Travels On My Motorcycle
- Footloose In The Himalaya
- Meeting The Mountains
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba - A Life
- Exploring Indian Railways
- Divining The Deccan: A Motorbike To The Heart Of India
- Branch Line To Eternity
- Travels By A Lesser Line
- Touching Upon The Himalayas: Excursions And Enquiries
- Seven Sacred Rivers
- Speaking Stones: World Cultural Heritage Sites In India (Supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of India)
Bill Aitken wrote an insightful and well-researched book entitled “Sri Sathya Sai Baba - A Life”, which discussed various aspects of the Sai Controversy. The following paragraphs are extracts from this book along with comments from Joe Moreno (A Pro-Sai Activist).
My Response: Indian rationalists are notorious for their fanatic and extremist tactics involving deceit and theatrics to influence and convert poor Indian villagers to their atheistic beliefs. For example, in the GuruBusters Documentary (View Video) an innocent dog was subjected to a bite from a venomous snake and an alleged ‘witch doctor’ was produced who said he could cure the dog using mantras. The ‘witch doctor’ failed, instantly embraced rationalism, denounced his trade as a farce and told the crowd they should convert to rationalism and not believe in religion, mantras or gurus. To the educated eye, the entire drama was an unconvincing set up (with a disgusting and brutal killing of an innocent dog). Nevertheless, to the uneducated Indian villagers, it was a convincing performance.
My Response: Bill Aitken is not the first person (and undoubtedly will not be the last) to recognize the fact that there is a “discernable pattern of behaviour of the Puttaparthi malcontents”. Ex-Devotee’s malicious behavior is actually a documented behavioral phenomenon that Bryan Ronald Wilson (Emeritus Professor) described as The Apostate Syndrome. Many Ex-Devotees praised Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate and the Avatar of the Age for many years. Now, however, they condemn him as an obvious fraud, a lousy magician, a poor speaker, a stupid person, a man engaging in public displays of transvestitism (Ref), a guru who is demented and senile, a sex addict who engages in inappropriate sexual behavior in front of thousands of devotees while being recorded on video (Ref), etc. (the list of slurs and defamations are too numerous to list).
Therefore, academic scholars and sociologists (such as A.D. Shupe, Jr., D. G. Bromley, Joseph Ventimiglia, Danny Jorgensen, James A. Beckford, Bryan Ronald Wilson) have recognized the Apostate Syndrome and Atrocity Story as behavioral patterns prevalent among former followers of a particular religion, sect or guru. Ex-Devotees are no exception and their maliciousness, extremism and fanaticism confirms the observations and arguments made by these academic scholars and sociologists.
To Date: Not even one alleged victim has ever attempted to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India. Nor have any alleged parents to any alleged victims filed basic police complaints, public grievances or court cases in India for the alleged sexual molestations of their children. These facts strongly solidify the argument that Sathya Sai Baba never abused children (Ref).
It is entirely true that the allegations against Sai Baba are nothing more than internet smear campaigns waged by people (mostly pseudonymous and anonymous) who are so unconvincing, even money-hungry lawyers refuse to represent them. Alleged victims have been unable to obtain legal representation in the past 10+ years despite: 1) The lucrative prospect of a successful suit and; 2) Ex-Devotee’s constant claims that they are in correspondence with “International” and “Top” lawyers.
My Response: The only problem with all of Tal Brooke’s tall-stories is that none of the alleged witnesses he cited (who have never been identified as real people) have ever come forward in 30+ years to corroborate his stories. As it turns out, Tal Brooke’s alleged experiences with Sathya Sai Baba (and his subsequent defection) revolved around hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs (mostly LSD) he was experimenting with at the time (Ref). Tal Brooke is also a fundamentalist Christian who believes that everything non-Christian is either a conspiracy or the work of the Devil. Therefore, Tal Brooke’s objectivity is severely compromised by his religious fundamentalism and extremism.
My Response: An excellent summation about David Bailey by Bill Aitken.
My Response: Former Followers of Sathya Sai Baba have a nasty habit of sexualizing everything pertaining to Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Devotees and Sai Proponents. This deviant and perverse sexualization of Sai Baba is a highly prevalent tactic employed by former followers (even with absurd claims that Sai Baba is engaging in questionable sexual acts in full view of thousands of devotees while being recorded on video). For example, see the edited Ex-Baba movie clip entitled Sai Baba Groin (approximately 950kb, wmv file). Ex-Devotees have also maliciously accused Joe Moreno of being sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba despite his many repeated clarifications to the contrary (Ref). Both Robert Priddy and Sanjay Dadlani allege that Sathya Sai Baba is a homosexual drag queen who openly engages in acts of transvestitism (Ref).
Ex-Devotees (who always boast about their moral supremacy) completely ignore Sanjay Dadlani (a vocal Ex-Devotee) and his homosexual-fantasizing slurs, perverted Jesus-sex fetish and deviant boot-sex fetish. Sanjay Dadlani secretly stalked innocent women at Middlesex University (calling them “bitches” and “sluts”, saying “they want it”, calling Mothers “MILFs”, photographing females and teenagers up their dresses and under tables and published these photos on his streetbitches blog). This is the type of person that Ex-Devotees (including Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy - two of the main spokespersons for the Anti-Sai Movement) publish, promote, link to and endorse.
Sanjay Dadlani even posted on the QuickTopic Forum (using multiple fake names, including female names) and made disgusting posts under the name “Marquis de Sade” about a large penis for anal sex, a feces-covered anus, bestiality, people vomiting into each other’s mouths and a Priest ejaculating on the face of a little girl as related by her brother. Sanjay even posted under the name “kick his head in” and said that someone should murder Sathya Sai Baba (of course, this is the same guy who rejoiced when a Sai Baba temple was bombed).
Even the webmaster for the ExBaba domain, Reinier Van Der Sandt, admitted using numerous fake internet names and admitted to viewing child pornography (Ref). Other Ex-Devotees notorious for their perverse sexual innuendo and libels are Tony O’Clery, Alan Kazlev, UsedByBaba and Barbara Dent.
These are the types of self-righteous pseudo-moralists attempting to take a moral and ethical stand against Sathya Sai Baba.
My Response: Excellent points by William Bill Aitken.
My Response: One must remember that all interviews given by Sathya Sai Baba originate from public darshans (in front of thousands of people, trust members, security officers, VIPs and innumerable other high ranking witnesses). Is this the probable course of conduct for a sexual abuser, i.e., to call his victims in front of all these potential witnesses? It is also a customary practice in ashrams in India for women and men to be separated. This custom is not exclusive to Sathya Sai Baba or his ashram.
My Response: These are entirely valid points by Bill Aitken.
My Response: Click Here To Read The Blitz Interview with R.K. Karanjia. Russi Karanjia was so overwhelmed with Sathya Sai Baba’s presence, the former Sai critic became a Sai Devotee and wrote a book entitled God Lives In India.
Barry Pittard (one of the main spokespersons for the Anti-Sai Movement) also expressed envy at Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual success in a public letter he wrote expressing the hope that critic’s internet smear campaigns would impact donations to the Sai Organization (Ref).
It is a fact that Anti-Sai Activists (particularly Barry Pittard and Reinier Van Der Sandt) attempted to polarize Christians against Sathya Sai Baba. It is also a fact that many Christians and Christian Organizations wage Anti-Sai and Anti-Hindu campaigns (Ref). Even more disturbing was Barry Pittard’s attempt to incite Islamic Terrorists to attack and murder Sai Devotees at Puttaparthi.
My Response: Bill Aitken hit the nail squarely on the head with these comments. However, the Rayalseema project was just the tip of the iceberg.
Sathya Sai Baba also funded several major drinking water projects. The first drinking water project (completed in 1996) supplies water to 1.2 million people in 730 villages in the drought-prone Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. The second drinking water project, completed in 2004, supplies water to Chennai (formerly known as Madras) through a rebuilt waterway named “Sathya Sai Ganga Canal”. The Chennai water drinking project was praised by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi. Karunanidhi said that although he is an atheist, he differentiated between good spiritual leaders like Sathya Sai Baba and fake godmen. The third drinking water project, expected to be completed in April 2006, would supply water from the Godavari River to half a million people living in five hundred villages in East and West Godavari Districts. Other completed water projects include the Medak District Project benefiting 450,000 people in 179 villages and the Mahbubnagar District Project benefiting 350,000 people in 141 villages. In January 2007, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust revealed that it would undertake another drinking water project in Latur, Maharashtra (Refs: 01 - 02 - 03 - 04).
My Response: For a list to some of these newspaper clippings, click here. The Sai Organization had to send emails to all Sai Centers to quash the rumor that Indian newspapers had initially reported that Sathya Sai Baba was assassinated. There are numerous articles that discuss the 1993 police shootings and the absurd and contradictory conspiracy theories dispersed by Anti-Sai Activists (Refs: 01 - 02 - 03 - 04).
My Response: The four assailants viciously murdered two Sai Devotees by repeatedly stabbing them to death with home-made knives. They also stabbed two other Sai Devotees who survived the attack. Critic’s conspiracy theories about the 1993 police shootings reveal how little they know and how much they relied on speculation, conjecture and gossipy rumors from anonymous sources.
My Response: This is an accurate and objective summation of events by Bill Aitken. It is also important to point out that although Sathya Sai Baba expressed concern and compassion for the families of those involved, Ex-Devotees maliciously and deceptively published pictures (in true tabloid-like sleazy style) of these families’ dead sons laying in pools of blood for the world to see. Ex-Devotees care less for the aggrieved mothers and fathers who must now endure the anguish of seeing their sons’ lifeless bodies cheaply broadcast on the internet like entertainment news. Ex-Devotees ceaselessly parrot the claim that Sathya Sai Baba is “implicated” in “murders” although they cannot back up this bold-faced untruth with any credible or legal documentation.
My Response: As one can see, Bill Aitken’s views are sober, clear and well-thought out. They are not mere “denial” and “deflection” as Ex-Devotees would have others believe. In 2002, Sathya Sai Baba’s University was the only University in India to receive an A++ rating by the NAAC. In 2007, Sathya Sai Baba’s University was one of two Universities throughout India to receive an A++ rating from the NAAC (Ref).
Writing books against Sai Baba or seeking to tarnish his reputation on the Internet might merit an audience if the authors of these grievances possessed some locus standi in the world of philanthropy. If they had done a thousandth part of what Sathya Sai has accomplished in furthering the welfare of humanity, we would be justified in taking their complaints seriously and consider investigating whether pure water can flow from a polluted spring. The critics belong to the category of intellectuals who cannot face the reality of the spirit and desperately want to explain it away. They are haunted by the truth Sathya Sai embodies and wish to negate a presence that millions of ordinary people regard as the most beautiful evidence they have of life’s ultimate meaning. What is common to all the critics is a boundless contempt for the affections of the common citizen in his or her choice of religious expression. It is to heal these perverse perceptions that the masters of all faiths have arrived amongst us. Sai Baba’s reply to the critics is that whatever miracles happen are not due to his human form but because of compassion and love that made it their tool.
My Response: Critic’s only flair is in their nostrils. They have been unable to attain an iota of reverence, respect, praise or unconditional love that Sathya Sai Baba receives on a daily basis from Presidents of India, Prime Ministers, highly educated individuals, foreigners and common Indian villagers.
William McKay Aitken - Bill Aitken - Liam McKay
& The Sathya Sai Baba Controversy: In Conclusion:
Bill Aitken’s observations and insights about the Sai Controversy are reasonable, objective, intelligent and accurate. It is not surprising that Ex-Devotees have waged their own malicious smear-campaigns against Bill Aitken (as they have done with Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Devotees and Pro-Sai Activists).
For example, Brian Steel, Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard reject everything Bill Aitken had to say despite the fact that they have no verifiable, credible or legal documentation to support their erroneous allegations against Sathya Sai Baba. Critics wage their smear campaigns on the internet because know they would be wholly unconvincing in a legal setting where they would be subjected to critical cross examination.
As a matter of fact, The Rahm Family attempted to file an absurd lawsuit against the Sathya Sai Baba Society Of America and the purposely suppressed information about Alaya Rahm being a drug addict and alcoholic for 6-10 years was made known. This is the type of relevant information that critical cross examination would reveal. This information sheds an entirely different light on the credibility of Alaya Rahm. Needless to say, this information was fanatically guarded and hidden by the Rahm Family, Anti-Sai Activists and the media.
Bill Aitken’s observations about the Secret Swami Documentary (in which Alaya Rahm was the primary interviewee) was particularly insightful:
Bill Aitken: “The latest in these so called exposes is a BBC documentary whose agenda was so predetermined to denigrate Baba that it stooped to the unethical use of a spy camera. In a last farcical gesture, the producer hired some roadside entertainers to attempt to simulate Baba’s chamatkar. The result is so ludicrous that it leaves the viewer wondering as to who is funding this bizarre display of hostile reporting. The BBC is ultimately governed by the Anglican establishment, and churches in the west are losing out financially to the appeal of the Sai Baba movement. As a commercial broadcaster, the BBC’s opting for sleaze would have the dual advantage of discrediting a rival as well as getting good audience rating. The Church of England can have no objection to programmes that weaken perceived threats—like the papacy or Hindu holy men—to its (declining) influence in the world. Posing as a lion in Asia, the BBC is a mouse in Britain. It dare not criticise public icons like the Queen, who happens to be the supremo of the Anglican Church.” (Reference)
Critics have accused Bill Aitken of making a “blanket dismissal of all criticism as inherently baseless” and that he suffers from a “blind spot” regarding “serious Internet criticisms of Sathya Sai Baba that have not been refuted”. Needless to say, critics wallow in utter denial and attempt to deceive the general public about the fact that the “internet criticisms of Sathya Sai Baba” have been thoroughly refuted and addressed by Joe Moreno on his saisathyasai.com website.
Important Relevant Links:
- Alaya Rahm Self-Dismissed His Own Lawsuit Against The SSB Society
- Alaya Rahm - A Decade-Long Daily User Of Illegal Street Drugs And Alcohol
- A Scathing Response To Critics About Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuit
- The Truth About The ‘Secret Swami’ Program
- The ‘Open Letter’ To The Prashanti Council - Defamations Addressed
- Prof. Venkataraman Writes About The Sai Controversy
- The Truth About The Alleged Sathya Sai Baba ‘Sex Scandal’