Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew Ratnakar’s bold statement that the Sai Trust was fully transparent is refuted by the very fact that the Trust has been issued an ultimatum to make their assets public inside 7th July, 2011, by the Andhra Pradesh government. This has not yet happened! The facts may have been fully transparent to him and the coterie of trustees, but not to the public in ANY way! Will the Trust make transparent its involvement in the rigid confinement and many suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Sathya Sai Baba? We think not! Devotees cannot find out, not even his close family, not unless decisive pressure is brought to bear on the Trust by the proper authorities. The funeral celebrations were so large with so many VVIP visitors that the questions about Sai Baba’s last days were covered over, and the prestige of the politicians, the stars of spirituality, screen, stage or sport would probably come under a cloud if the facts were known.
As to the Sai Trust, it remains to be seen whether the Andhra Pradesh authorities will have enough confidence and insight to institute a proper overview of the Trust’s dealings on the model of the Pondicherry Aurobindo ashram.
The background of R.J. Ratnakar, the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba (and son of the infamous younger brother Janakiramiah), is hardly one that inspires the slightest confidence that this is a man of honest character, as can be seen on my previous blog Click me. Ratnakar was even trying to give the impression that he is stepping into the ‘spiritual sandals’ of Sai Baba!
Sri Aurobindo Society as a model: Prashanthi Nilayam is going through a situation similar to the one that prevailed at the ashram of former Sri Aurobindo in 1973. After the death of his successor the ‘Mother’ – Madame M Alfasse – the the former smooth running of the Auroville (the international cultural and ‘spiritual’ township project) was upset by a number of complaints about misuse of funds and mismanagement by the Sri Aurobindo Society. So the Government of India set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Governor of Pondicherry with representatives of the Government of Tamil Nadu and of the Union ministry of home affairs to look into the matter. This procedure is likely to be followed in the case of the Sathya Sai Trust and its institutions.
An overview of important points concerning the Sai Trust has just appeared: