Those of us who are engaged in exposé activities and plans are continually hearing from, or else finding out about, many once-active and long-term devotees who have left Sathya Sai Baba. Those who do so quietly are evidently in a large majority. Their reasons for not publicising their departure are many and various, which we respect. Their painful processes of self-regeneration surely happen at different paces and lead in different directions. Many say they just want to put the whole thing behind them. However, those who have investigated and become firmly disaffected of Sathya Sai Baba can naturally find it difficult to extract their feelings and minds from the mental mini-universe in which we were more or less encapsulated. Finding out what to retain and what is empty or deceitful is not so easy. Even after discovering Sathya Sai Baba's guilt, one tends to harbour lingering beliefs, such as by clinging to the idea of him being a guru still working behind the scenes for the best of everyone, despite debauched, criminal activities. Among both the disaffected and followers, some think that he may have planned everything... that his flesh and blood activities would be exposed. To explain this, it is said that this would have a liberating effect on devotees, strengthening self-reliance, reliance on inner conviction etc. and help one to develop further spiritually by seeing through the need for a guru and understanding that worship in a personality cult will never lead to self-realisation. This is a completely unreasonable idea, as becomes clearer the more one investigates the teaching.
It wholly contradicts his insistent calls ever since he started out always to recall the name and form and never relinquish them! What is gained by what could have been avoided? Such as the negativities of Finding out how Sathya Sai Baba has deceived hid followers about his true nature and actual behaviour causes many of them to enter a kind of vacuum - emotional, mental, social, spiritual... A person whose actions belie his words cannot be a reliable spiritual guide in any case, and even Sathya Sai Baba has confirmed that! He evidently hoped his adharmic actions would be covered-up, and huge efforts were made - and are still being made - to do so! But in vain!
That he might have arranged for his followers to be tested by the scandals about him is just too far-fetched, a very specious theory. Nonetheless, in a widely-distributed and hatefully vituperous e-mail from a rich long-term Australian lady and large donor to Sathya Sai Baba, Millie Phillips, who knew the Baileys well, she told David Bailey that he was merely an unwitting instrument of Swami in spreading the allegations etc. through 'The Findings'. On the vague and unsupportable idea that 'Swami alone is the Doer' who uses people as 'his instruments' etc., even this writing would then also be straight from Sathya Sai Baba's all-grasping hand. But I can firmly assure that it is not! No more than 'The Findings' was! David Bailey was at about 100 interviews, so it took him some time to believe his own eyes and ears! These did not reflect David Bailey as in a "pure mirror" (as Sathya Sai Baba claims of everything about him), but to a great extent directly showed and told what Sathya Sai Baba actually does, confirmed by many others, including some other very close persons a number of whom who have not seen fit to tell the truth to the public (yet?).