E-MAILS FROM AND TO ERLENDUR HARALDSSON FROM YEAR 2001
CONCERNING ALLEGATIONS OF SEX ABUSE ETC. BY SATHYA SAI BABA
The e-mails originally sent by Erlendur Haraldsson to Robert Priddy contain
his true view on Sathya Sai Baba's personality and his homosexuality.
These mails were sent in 2001 and, due to my friendship with him, because
I considered his other work as a parapsychologist should not be sullied (and
I did not want to entangle him in a huge time-consuming debate on the Internet
that would inevitably have followed on publication of his views). He also had
my empathy for his very trying home situation due to tragically debilitating
chronic illness in his family in that period. Elsewhere I have explained quite
fully my motives in publishing the mails after 10 years of withholding them.
However, I will add that I took this step after conferring with experts in
psychology, sexual abuse counselling and other professionals I know.
All advised me that release of the information would be acceptable
- even a duty - despite the damage it might do to Haraldsson's reputation,
which was originally largely built on his investigations of Sathya Sai Baba
miracles ort 'paranormal' phenomena. Concerns about major allegations
of homosexual abuse of boys and young men are seen by all I asked as
overriding. These concerns were also taken most seriously by both UNESCO
(which cancelled their planned role in an educational conference with Sathya
Sai Baba at his ashram premises in India - not a thing done by UNESCO
without legal advice and sufficient evidence) and by the US State Department
(which wrote a warning referring specifically to Sathya Sai Baba as a sexual
abuser of young men - also something the FBI and CIA would have investigated
thoroughly before such an official government announcement).
Professor Haraldsson has never even remarked on these matters, which
seems a bad lapse on the part of someone wishing to be taken as a neutral
and unbiased investigator, even though the paranormal and not specifically
the abnormal (sexual and psychological) was his field of interest.
This issue is one that the whole world is taking more and more seriously,
and even the Pope does now (!), but not Haraldsson, whose 'time is too
precious'. It would not have taken long to make a statement in a half a
dozen paragraphs to state his position.
This was a request I heeded, despite very strong misgivings as the sex abuse scenario around Sai Baba unfolded and horrific things came to light. I gave no written promise, however, not did I intend an eternal silence on it all. At the same time, I have always given - and never knowingly broken - assurances of strict confidentiality to those who have been abused in any way by Sathya Sai Baba and his people or who have reported important things for which they were unable to give their names in public. This assurance remains total.
Note how Haraldsson only "glanced through" the material ('stuff') I sent him, which included considerable documentation and testimony from known persons who had been abused sexually.
I removed some irrelevant personal
details from the following mail.
Haraldsson was antagonistic towards the famous Indian skeptic Basava Premanand because he had been questioned him in e-mails he posted about certain failures in his investigation technique. H. eventually ceased to reply to his pertinent questions. However, Premanand's massive tome on the Murders in Sai Baba's Bedroom contains very extensive documentation of many aspects of the murders, the corrupt investigation process by police, CBI and nearly one hundred press reports. There can be no doubt whatever that Premanand was correct in most of his central contentions, if misled on less central issues now and again. That Sathya Sai Baba gave the order to shoot the four bound assailants can hardly be doubted any longer, especially since eye-witness accounts support this most strongly... one of which was a US devotee living in the apartment of Sai Baba's sister Venkamma at the time. This person, since disaffected, described the situation and especially how Sai Baba sent wads of money Rs. 60,000.- to Venkamma and to every relative of Sai Baba there and other insider residents the morning after the murders!