TRANSCRIPT OF DAVID BAILEY'S ACCOUNT BY PHONE OF HIS DISAFFECTION IN 1999
with Thomas Wiehe, who is a Swedish ex-Sai devotee.
Note: David Bailey taught music at Sathya Sai Baba's college at Prashanthi Nilayam for three years, which he also taught to the royal children of Charles and Diana at a private school in U.K. He was a very close favourite of Sai Baba for a number of years, having had more than one hundred interviews with him. Bailey and his wife (chosen by Sai Baba) toured the world holding talks at Sathya Sai Baba centres and wrote books praising Sai Baba - until the revelations of Sai Baba's widespread homosexual abuses and molestations were forced upon them by Sai Baba students and also young foreign men. They withdrew the publications and instead circulated a long document which summarized their intensive investigations of Sai Baba's reported sexual activities and major fraudulence in numerous connections as "The Findings". Mrs. Faye Bailey had, at the time, taken over the editorship of Peggy Mason's popular Sai Baba magazine in the U.K. on her request (shortly before Mason's death). That magazine was soon discontinued thereafter.
Listen to the actual phone conversation in mp3 here:- Part One, Part Two and Part Three
Here follow transcripts of the conversation between David Bailey and Thomas Wiehe
Thomas Wiehe of Sweden begins the phone call, telling David Bailey about the meditation groups he was running for the Sai Organisation in Sweden, and says that he has one in August and has great doubt whether to have it or not. Thomas asks about web sites and David Bailey tells him of the skeptics web site by Basava Premanand, then continues as follows:-
David Bailey: There are about 130 different aricles put together by a man called Premanand. Now Premanand was very close to Swami before Terry Gallagher. Terry Gallagher was an Australian who spent five, six, seven years - and a (whole) day - with Swami. He was closer than I was with Swami. Then when he left, through having found out the truth of what is going on, I somehow became so close to Swami that for three years I was blind to what was going on... because I had been told what everybody else had been told. And then after our marriage we became even closer and became part of what it termed the inner circle. And when we saw for ourselves what was going on and realised what other people who had been close also had experienced and why they had left, then when we did our world tour last year, it was disastrous... with so many things that we found.
We went back at Christmas to discover that everything that we had found was totally true; as soon as we got back to England, we had the fraud squad from Scotland Yard, the British Government's Foreign Office and the Charity Commissioners waiting for us with major investigations, with proven fraud in some cases
Thomas Wiehe: What is that?
David Bailey: Fraud is mishandling of money - and the other thing which we had discovered was this homosexual activity. You know, to start off with we believed (it) was only Swami - shall we say - raising the kundalini within the student. This is what we were told, but then when we realised that it was not... and it was definitely not just Swami - well I have to be open and honest - playing with the students... but asking the student to actually make sexual acts on Swami, including oral sex. It was just ridiculous. And then the students at the college turned to me for help, because this has been going on for years, it is why the assassination attempts occurred... because the students were absolutely sick of him making them do things they didn't want to do. I am grown up in my attitudes and realistic to realise that around the world many things happen between consenting adults, but when you are in a position of power as headmaster or teacher or guru or whatever you like... to make your students do things they do not wish to do is not acceptable, and also in England - and I believe it is true in Sweden - it is illegal. And if Swami were in England he would be put in prison for twenty years.. .Now that is my problem because at one of England's top preparatory schools for children from five to thirteen years old, the Royal family sent their children to this school... and I was suddenly made redundant. I lost my job and they asked me to continue with my job part time only to teach in the classroom - no work in the evenings... even we had performed one musical and they said you may not attend the rehearsals, you can only attend the performance
Thomas Wiehe: This questions your connections with Baba?
David Bailey: This I did not understand...
Thomas Wiehe: But now you...?
David Bailey: But now I do. Because he is listed as a pedophile and around the world, I was seen - with Faye - to be going round speaking for Swami. From the police, from the authorities from many countries... they saw David and Faye - and other people too - going to speak for Swami. As a result families would go out to Swami... sons, the young men would be sexually approached and come back, there is even one person in England who has committed suicide and we have stopped another one, we pray, from doing so. But we were seen as agents... that we would be very charming, very nice, persuade people to go - because of my involvement with the college boys so closely they thought that I was just a provider of his sex toys. That has now ruined my career in England because I now have a record of being connected with him.
Then of course there is the money side of things - as we spoke, people of course wanted to give money. When they investigated the truth of the hospital, the truth of the water project, the truth of where the money goes - and I have personally investigated first hand - that the water project is not finished, there are many villages without water - not even connected. The hospital is very badly run and it is just not what we are told at all. Now people do not want to hear this, but this is the truth. This is why Faye and I have moved away. He knows that he will be caught out. The rings are all bought from Hyderabad and locally in the village, the vibuthi he carries between his fingers in tablets... I've seen it, he dropped a tablet in front of me. It is all an illusion, it is all a hoax, it is all one big trick, and so many of us innocent people have been hoodwinked. Faye and I, with our books, we have removed them from sale wherever we can, because we cannot allow anybody else to go and get involved because of us.
We also respect that many people do good, but it is now time in my view for people to do good because of good, not because of his name. It is a terrible situation - Magnus was in tears yesterday. When I started to find this out eighteen months ago I had nobody to share this with and I certainly cried myself to sleep for several weeks. When I spoke to the very close people - I have some very good friends there who know exactly what's going on - when you get to the inner circle it is a business, that's all they're interested in really, but people like Phyllis Krystal, people like Mike Hollander, who have been there for many years, they just turn round and they say 'If you consider he is God, he can do anything. He can have fraud, sex, drugs... anything. If you do not consider he is God, then of course you have a problem, because of the laws of your land, your morality, your own upbringing and your own standards. And they say this is your problem to sort out, you must decide that he is God. I said this is crazy, the one that creates this beautiful world that we live in, does not come to this earth and do these ridiculous things. There is NO record in Prashanthi of him doing any healing at all. Any healing that has happened within people has been an internal personal thing, but there are very, very few serious records of this anyway. The problem with the incidents that have been reported before is that either the young men have been so threatened that they have said 'I'm sorry, I made a mistake'
Thomas Wiehe: Who has threatened them?
David Bailey: Indulal Shah, for example, the organisation, the coordinators. The pressure from people who have been 'besotted', people who are so sincere devotees of Sai Baba? They will not accept that he could do anything like this, and they have pressurised the young men to say 'Oh I'm sorry... I made this up.' There is a video which Magnus [editor's note: Magnus Vrethammar, former leader of national Sathya Sai education and a Sathya Sai Centre in Sweden] has got which has been done a year ago that has just been broadcast two weeks ago on Irish television, done by a television company from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Ireland, who have got together because they are so horrified with what's going on that they have produced this documentary for about nearly one hour - not being unkind but just to say these are the facts this is what you will find, and it has been very, very well put together and what is on that video I have first-hand experience of, and it is true. It's very sad, but we have to be serious detectives. Wanting the truth.
I think the first thing that made me question was when there was a question of Prince Charles going there and because I have played for the Royal family several times I know that what happened with the detectives that go - you know -to check everything out first. And Prince Charles had written to me about the possibility of going one day and I suddenly thought 'what questions will they ask me, what answers can I give them. And I suddenly realised that I was living in a dream world, not in the real world. That's when I started to want the real answers, like, what actually happens at the hospital. Not just 'Oh, this is a beautiful hospital. What happens! How many operations are done? What are the operations? Are all the wards open. The seven hundred and fifty villages... how many villages have now water? And not just 'isn't this a lovely project. Isn't it good and feel good for being involved. But what is the truth, and when you start finding the truth, you start thinking 'Oh! No! Oh! NO!'
Thomas Wiehe: What did you find about the hospital?
David Bailey: There is a ward that is still not open. They have not done any renal operations for a year. The money is questionable. With Isaac Tigrett, when the hospital was built, he gave $49 million. Well, only $34 million went to the hospital the rest were... well, it's just corrupt. Australian television do a programme on him last year and the hospital, they had found that they were selling organs etc. The hygiene of the hospital is disgusting. Now I know Sara Pavan who is the top anesthetist from Australia who's there all the time, and he said to me 'David, you never, ever, ever let anybody come to this hospital because they do not understand hygiene. It is just so sad. We've had several instances where people have been refused entrance to the hospital who need attention. They say they do not have the money but this does not make sense because the money that I have seen being handed in at the office every day. The problem that we have is that the coordinators will say 'This did not happen' or 'this is an illusion, this is a test.' It is something that must be addressed.
I know that Steen Picullell - the coordinator for the Russian-speaking countries - he is going to speak to Indulal Shah and to Swami in about a week's time because he has had many problems, but still believes that Swami is God and God can do anything. But this is not something that is in the real world. Before I found Swami I had many,many experiences of people who could heal, people who were psychic, which could see the future and I have experiences of roses - the flowers - just appearing on the table in front of me. So these things were not something that were new to me. I accepted all of this and this is not something to base somebody's divinity on. So what do you base it on because over the centuries the stories have never been like this, and it is only because WE want it to be good we make it [an] excuse for why he does this. But this boy is one of hundreds that we know of. Not just one of ten or twenty.
Thomas Wiehe: Are you talking about Tomm? [Editor's note: Initial correct which stands for Tom, but full name suppressed. This is the so-called "Golden Boy" from Gothenburg, who was laden with 'gold' by Sai Baba and who caused the huge furore in Sweden about Sai baba's sexual abuses]
David Bailey: I don't know the boy's name, I've not been given it.
Thomas Wiehe: Aha. But it must be him.
David Bailey: Right.
Thomas Wiehe: "Yeah I was in Puttaparthi in January with him and now in June with him. He talked very openly. Ja... it's him you mean, Yes, he is a very sincere spiritual seeker and very easy to believe. Did you meet him?"
David Bailey: Well I may have..
Thomas Wiehe: He is, well... I mean, I trust him. Just as a human being. I trust him. Talked a lot and you know you get a feeling 'is he talking truth or is there something behind it?
David Bailey: Exactly.
Thomas Wiehe: I got the feeling he is very trustworthy. I really think so and he is... he has morality, sound, fine and subtle and strong. It took him - well, he probably told you - it took him some time to decide what to do with this... experiences. But when he had made his decision, he goes out in a very fine way, I think... talking to others and he is fine to talk with.
David Bailey: Yes.
Thomas Wiehe: It's really bad, I'd say.
David Bailey: Yes. This is very good because if this was somebody who is not balanced it makes the whole thing... where there is a question there. I can tell you I know many, many, many examples of this... the students, because I was so close to them, just turned to me for help - they PLEADED with me for help.
Thomas Wiehe: Did you teach in [the] Sai school?
David Bailey: Yes, I taught in the college in Prashanthi ah... for three, three-and-a-half years. Not all year, but for periods of six weeks three or four times a year.
Thomas Wiehe: In music?
David Bailey: In music. I prepared the music for Christmas, for Guru Purnima and sometimes the birthday so it meant being with the boys perhaps up to six or seven hours every day. And I've a very close relationship with them and with one or two members of staff to. I know EXACTLY what goes on there. When Faye and I discovered what we knew, we decided that we felt it was better to be silent because there are so many people there who rely on him and that's why we continued with the magazine - not to stop the magazine... but to continue it to give things for people to move on to. Not to change from one guru to another but to find the god within.
The above phone call has been posted by Gerald Moreno in an attempt to get maximum Google coverage of the issue for his pro-Sai fanatical defenses. His arguments can be seen here, with suitable comments which defuse his entire misguided maunderings. One of those responsible for vile defamations has been exposed by an independent witness who was originally favourable to the defamers, but subsequently realised the extent and depth of the fanatical obsession, deceit and dirty tricks that are being used against critics of Sai Baba
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