Professor Anil Kumar Kamaraju (a former botanist) translated Sathya Sai Baba’s speeches for almost four decades and had close access to him. As a very close and privileged associate of Sathya Sai Baba, he took to himself a Finnish mistress while still married to his Indian wife, which Sai Baba himself obviously knew and did not disapprove (despite all his puritanical ranting about sins of the flesh, and inordinate praise of female celibacy – even in marriage!) (See testimony about Kumar’s extra-marital affair here)
In Bangkok Kumar was asked about some questions of skeptics and critics by The Nation, reposted by the propaganda web site saibabaofindia.com. Here are some of his rationalizations to try to explain away what otherwise are facts that themselves refute the claims of total selflessness and omniscient omnipotence that Sai Baba always claimed for himself. (My comments are in violet text)
You know, [devotees], they’re trying to hand it over to him personally. But he never accepts. They want to give something. He rejects it openly, throws it in their face. But these people don’t give up. They send them by courier, they post it. And those that were received by mail were [left] lying there. But he had never looked at them. He never used that money. He never touched those packets. There were many cheques for huge amounts that had not been cashed, some dating back to 1993. Had he been money-minded he would have got them cashed. Many [packets] were not even opened. Because he was not at all bothered. All the money and jewels found in his room have nothing to do with him.Comment: It was widely documented in Indian newspapers and by Sai Trust members that ONLY Sathya Sai Baba and his trusted young male consort, Sathyajit, had access to his rooms in the Yajur Mandir. The special security lock to the room could only be opened by Sathyajit, who took a long time after the funeral to be convinced to allow access. This undoubtedly shows that Sai Baba and Sathyajit together knew full well about all the valuables, currency, gold, silver, huge silver statues of Indian deities and much much more that was about the room. It was reported that Sathya Sai Baba had a five-by-five meter bed within which many valuables were concealed, as well as full wardrobes and cupboards! It is clear that Anil Kumar is in intense psychological denial about all the wrong-doings and falsity of Sathya Sai Baba, not least because he had so thoroughly tied his entire life, future and ‘prestige’ to his master that he concocted these highly unconvincing and fact-denying rationalizations as a face-saving ploy.
Comment: Indeed, Anil Kumar had no access to the room either! Hence he could not know that Sai Baba never looked at any of what was stored throughout his room, stuffed into cupboards and concealed all over the place. That is what he wants to believe in his quandary about the most revealing proof that his Lord and Master ended up as a miserly hoarder.
That Sai Baba allegedly “never talked about money” is an outright untruth. He even asked me for money in a private interview, and did so to other persons I knew well! Of course, he made many references to money in his countless discourses too, though very often to deny that he accepted any himself or that his organization should solicit money (which it did on numerous occasions. Sai Baba himself also appealed via his journal Sanathana Sarathi for funds for his hospitals and his water projects through which he set about diverting attention from his miracles, omnipotent claims. luxury life and discredited miracles so as rather to promote himself as a social reformer). Such a huge deception – while Sai Baba decided to what the funds given him should go, and personally countersigned every cheque received as he stated this in a discourse (Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 26, p. 261). In 1986 his nephew – then manager at the State bank in Puttaparthi – flipped through a very thick wad of cheques to show me that Sathya Sai Baba had signed every one. Sai Baba has even stated in a discourse that he signed every cheque. No one on the board of the Central Trust could decide any expenditure that he did not approve. This shows that he was in all ways the de facto owner of all the property and wealth of the Trust and that he alone could accept and decide over the disposal of its donated funds. Sai Baba is further often reported to have handed out money in quantities, both to numerous of his favoured students and to some of those foreign boys he had sexually abused (such as Alaya Rahm - see testimony on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’).
Continuation of the interview will follow in a later blog