Death from cancer among residents and visitors to Prashanthi were always hushed up as much as possible: One such prominent case, little known to others than residents and insiders of the PN ashram, was that of the Head of the ashram in 1989, Mr. Kutumba Rao. This was recorded in her diaries by Divya or Divya – daughter of William and Eileen Weed of Walnut Creek (San Francisco) who made the SB exposé site at snowcrest.net. Divya lived at Sai Baba ashrams from the age of 18 (1984-1993 and again – even though her parents were fully disaffected, from 2001-2005). Divya has recently posted her diary-type letters from that period as a record of her experiences recorded then, apparently without altering anything (though she became disaffected around 2005). These letters are also a valuable testimony on how very devoted believers thought and behaved in accepting the extremity of the Sai Baba doctrines, since she did not gloss over difficulties and problems, though she saw the whole as divinely glossed nonetheless. In the following excerpts on the death by cancer of Sai Baba’s most prominent VIP in the 1980s, she wrote:-
|January 13, 1989, Divya wrote:- “Now, Kutumba Rao was ill so Sai sent him to Madras to have an operation. Unfortunately, when they opened him up they found that there wasn’t a single organ in his body clear from CANCER. They were afraid if they touched him, he’d die. So they closed him up. Meanwhile, a telegram arrived from Swami saying, “Cancer cancelled”. And it said he’d be well soon. Word is that he’s able to eat and drink again, and he’s coming back here soon. We await his arrival. “
|On March 29, 1989, Divya reported:- “Meanwhile, Kutumba Rao is in the last stages of cancer, throwing up blood. He’s here in Parthi, in a room. His wife is taking care of him and countless doctors and VIPs are visiting the room daily. They say he only has days left.”|
|Then Divya recorded how K. Rao died (NB! cancer not cancelled by any means!):-
Kutumba Rao’s Death – April 4, 1989 – Prasanthi Nilayam – Sai Ram All!
“All is continuing as usual here. Kutumba Rao had a saaad death here in Prasanthi Nilayam on March 28th. Meanwhile, Sai was in Whitefield. it seems that early that morning, the office people called Swami on the telephone to say that Kutumba Rao’s condition was drastically sliding downhill. Swami reportedly replied, “Yes, I know. Today the good time of day is between 11:30 and 12:30 PM, he will die within that time”. So all were prepared and kept vigil outside his house. He died at 12:05 PM. Later Swami sent word that the cremation was to be held that very day, before dusk, at 5:30 PM. Sai Ram.!
Comment on the above: Why Sai Baba sent Kutumb Rao to Madras and hospital is not explained. All such obvious blunders are left unremarked by Sai followers, not least on the grounds that “only the omniscient Swami knows, we can never understand his actions”. His oft-repeated claim “Cancer Cancelled” however was once again shown by events to be sheer bluff.
His closest American devotee – the top foreign VIP Dr. John Hislop who was ever privileged as with exclusive interviews and much more by Sai Baba, also died of cancer, and though he had been promised liberation from rebirth by Sai was later shockingly told he would have to take one more birth! How could anyone therefore trust any promises Sathya Sai Baba gave, especially as to protection of his devotees?Another failed cancer healing by Sathya Sai Baba: Sai Baba’s claims of protection and healing in giving a special blessing did not stop the death within days of a Danish man while at Prashanthi Nilayam, where he had been praying for Sai Baba’s help. This took place shortly before I arrived there in the early 1990s. The same incident has been described by Conny Larsson in his book ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’ as follows: “I had once heard him declare that a Danish man who was ill with cancer had been cured by him. That had been celebrated by Baba manifesting a gold ring as confirmation. I was shocked to hear that the man died three days later and was to be cremated just below Sai Baba’s ashram. I was invited as a Swedish group leader to comfort the baffled Danish group .What remained the day after the man was laid on the wood pyre and cremated was scraped together by the Indians, who made every possible effort to find the gold ring.
The major whistle-blower – once the favourite of Sai Baba and most VIP devotees – David Bailey reported how he had “not seen him do a genuine healing on anybody in all my time of being close to him, and having had innumerable interviews. I have seen him tell people to stand up, and get out of wheel chairs, but the effect is not lasting. (Note: one well-known case of this was the Sai writer, Joy Thomas, whom he made walk a few steps but who then had to revert to wheelchair for the rest of her life! The Australian “pink twins” continue to use wheel chairs, in spite of Sai Baba’s claims of healing them and their claims of being healed. According to the most prolific Sai Baba hagiography author, Howard Murphet, Sathya Sai Baba “…told Valmai Worthington to tell the ‘Pink Twins’ from Australia to be cured of their arthritic knees by him. ” Tony O’Clery reported on this too:- “He even told them to cancel their appointments for knee replacement surgery. They came, he circled his hands over the knees, with coloured vibhuti and then walked her around to show a cure. She could manage to walk a little anyway, but in pain. I was a member of the SWARA centre – where Dorothy and her sister worked -, for the years 1986 and 1987, with partial year attendances through to 1992, after that my Australian attendances were in the Sydney Centres only, and I was the secretary of the Vancouver Sai centre and was well-known in Canada. My friend lived with them, and my children knew them both as well. So it was more than a passing acquaintance. There is even a photo of me working as a volunteer there. It was sent to India, perhaps it is in the book with all the others. Well folks that was it, next time in Oz I saw her at the ‘Wayside Chapel’ in Sydney she was uncured for all to see… (Tony O’Clery). As David Bailey wrote: “…The fact remains Dorothy was in a wheelchair in 1993 and still up to her death in 2003 as indicated by her sister and ABC.”A sad case for me is Maynard Ferguson. Over three years of deterioration in his hearing; during several interviews with him and his wife, he, his wife and myself asked – pleaded with Swami, to heal him. Every time, he promised to do so, but now Maynard is very deaf and has to rely on two powerful hearing aids to help him. As a fellow musician I know what this must mean to him in his heart.”
David and Faye Bailey had an interview in the company of an elderly, rather frail Indian gentleman who used to sit on the verandah near David. He asked Sai Baba for help for his failing health. Swami, behind his back shrugged his shoulders at us, saying in what we both thought was a rather an unfeeling aside “And what can I do? Cancer. Too far gone, too far gone. David also wrote: ”Faye has had her own experience of him giving health advice she trustingly followed, which nearly caused permanent damage to her, before she at last resorted to western medical treatment for her complaint. The German coordinator whom I visited in the super specialty hospital after he’d had a stroke, was eventually taken back to the verandah, but Swami did not heal him. The elderly man has gone back to Germany, and some two years later is little improved.” (Note: The German organization Central Coordinator was Mr. Bernhard Gruber, who I knew well and who recovered partly and temporarily from his stroke – as so many usually do anyhow – before dying not long thereafter.)
To put all that in perspective, Faye Bailey wrote in the introduction to ‘The Findings’:- Apart from our separate personal experiences, there are also included experiences of others, chosen from many such, which are an integral part of unveiling this huge, illusory global scam – the biggest hoax in the God business. A veritable mountain of information is now available, far more than I can possibly place before you. My task is to report the findings I do offer accurately, while presenting a cross-section of untenable behaviour, lies uncovered and magic exposed. David has spent long hours and many months, talking to people all over the world, whilst unravelling this tangled skein of years of deceit accumulated around the said “divinity incarnate”, but he is not alone in this. Courageous people on every continent are banding together to expose the monumental spiritual fraud which has been perpetrated for the personal gain of a select group, headed by Sai Baba.