Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

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Police report against Sathya Sai Trust’s claims reposted in India

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2011

The Deccan Herald has today apparently reposted an article from July 4, 2011 in which the police are reported to have discovered that the Sai Trustee V. Srinivasan was not telling the truth!  The Sai Trust – according to V. Srinivasan, denied any culpability about the money, as reported by  India Today on June 28, 2011:-

“Trust member V. Srinivasan told media that it had no role to play in the recovery of Rs 35 lakh, made by the police from a car on the night of June 18. He said the cash was donated by devotees to build a memorial for the departed spiritual guru. 
The trust also denied that the vehicle used to carry the cash belonged to it and claimed it was owned by the project consultant building the memorial. Srinivasan said the money was being taken to be deposited in bank accounts. He however failed to clarify why the cash was being carried in the night.” 

This account is evidently in conflict with what the police have arrived at:-

 http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/regions/anantapur/seized-satya-sai-cash-not-trustworthy-police-494

The case will not fade away, it seems. It only remains to be seen whether the police will pursue this matter or will be diverted in some way, through political pressure or outright bribery. The Sai Trust is desperate to appear trustworthy after all the revealing facts that have emerged throwing into doubt many of their statements and causing government to withdraw a number of priveliges and exemptions from them. The Sai mini-empire is obviously contracting as foreign followers have virtually ceased to visit the ashrams, as is seen in the shutdown of shops and businesses in Puttaparthi, and plummeting property transactions.

Please see important announcement: Appeal to former donors to Sathya Sai Baba
(and note a further important appeal regarding sexual abuses here)

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Breaking Sai Baba news: new secret hoard found

Posted by robertpriddy on July 19, 2011

The 3rd round of searches started in Sai Baba’s personal chambers, which was scheduled for 3 days ( July 18th-20th) started yesterday. One room was opened, and 34 kg of gold, 350 kg of silver and almost 2 crores Rupees in cash have been found. 3 more rooms remain, and much more is expected in the next couple of days. Silver thrones , umbrellas and silver ropes were found yesterday. More rooms, as well as neighboring buildings are going to be searched soon.
Sai Baba trust members as usual did not make any press statement or take any questions. (They always keep as silent on such scandals as they can manage)
See Expressbuzz:  Yajurveda Mandir search leads to more gold, cash  or  
The Hindu: Silver thrones, umbrellas found in Yajur Mandir

 

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Sai Baba’s secret rooms: officials rummage further

Posted by robertpriddy on July 19, 2011

 

Now that Guru Purnima 2011 is over, the process of entering further into Sai Baba’s material sanctum to rummage for more ill-gotten gains (i.e. gifts accepted without cheque by Sai Baba, who claimed he never handled or accepted any gifts or money!). The latest news report is seen here on the right:-

Concerning the issue of the hoard of unregistered gifts Sai Baba had accepted and squirreled away in his 5 by 5 metre bed(for what?), in cupboards and caches, Mr. V. Srinivasan stated at a press conference on July 1st, 2011, “Upto the time of Baba’s Maha Samadhi, the Trustees had no knowledge of the Rs. 11 crores. Baba is the Founder Trustee, and the fact is Baba had no property of His own. He doesn’t even have a bank account in His name; all that He had was His dress. Whatever the devotees gave Him, He used it for public good. We can not know why He acted in a particular way but what we can firmly say is Baba never kept anything for Himself.”

This is nothing less than turning black into white. Sai Baba had only his dress! Who can believe that. Sathya Sai Baba lived like a maharaja compared to any ordinary Indian labourer, let alone any genuine sannyasin. He had not to lift a finger for anything, well-appointed luxury apartments all over the place, all his food, cars, planes, cash and other enticements to give away to his boys. He did not use his hoarded wealth in the mandir for the public good, he had accepted it as gifts – which is contrary to all he has ever claimed about himself.

“The Board of Trustees met for the first time after taking the inventory on  June 27. They have taken the decision to pay necessary income-tax on the value of the inventory though no demand for tax has been received from the Income-Tax Department. Accordingly a sum of Rs.9.75 crores has been paid towards income-tax.”

A strange act indeed, since the Trust was exempt of taxation, customs duty etc., preempting the authorities, whose right it would be to levy tax… since taxation is not decided voluntarily by the payee.  

Srinivasan wove another web of lies about the Rs. 35 lakhs has been seized from a vehicle on the highway. The Andhra Pradesh police, who questioned  V. Srinivasan and Ratnakar,  investigated thoroughly and exposed the lie that the money had been paid for the construction of the Mahasamadhi by 12 devotees independent of the Trust, because the money was transferred long before Sai Baba’s death was expected.
Srinivasan said:-  “A group of devotees approached the Trustee Mr. Ratnakar and expressed a desire to humbly contribute towards the project and handed over to him a sum of Rs. 35 lakhs.” The money therefore was handed over to the project consultant in  Prasanthi Nilayam in the evening of  June 18. The car of the  consultant agency was stopped by the Police enroute to Bangalore and the funds have been seized. The project consultant had filed a letter with the Police explaining that these funds have been given to them for the Maha Samadhi work and have asked the Police to release these funds to enable them to proceed with the work of Samadhi construction.”

The media asked him: “On the first day they said that the amount does not belong to them. Subsequently they stated that it belonged to 12 devotees but their names were not disclosed. Later it was said that the amount was given by devotees to L&T (a construction company) in connection with the construction of Maha Samadhi.  Why did the statements change every”
Mr. V. Srinivasan (V.S.): I request Mr. Naganand to answer this question.
Mr. S.S. Naganand (S.S.N.): To the best of my knowledge.

Media: You say the Trust is very transparent;  then why was Rs.11 crores found in Yajur Mandir. If the money was given to Baba, why was it not deposited in the bank? (Mr. Srinivasan from NTV Bhakthi Channel in Telugu).

Srinivasan avoided the question entirely and replied: “The Board of Trustees took charge of these affairs after Bhagawan’s Maha Samadhi and then acted as per law. Therefore as soon as the inventory was taken, we deposited it in the State Bank of India; we have the receipt. Now we also feel that for the value of cash and gold recovered we should pay income-tax. That is why even without any demand from Income-tax department, we have paid Rs. 9.75 crores (as advance tax).”

Srinivasan continued he deceptions and untruths at length as can be read at http://saicouncil.org.my/sainews/?p=295

See what devotees thought of the Trust and its trustees (scanned image below) and see also:-
Sai Baba’s Yajur Mandir looted by thieves – Deccan Chronicle
Sathya Sai Trust’s V.Srinivasan: Defending A Religious Empire Fallen. A Torn House Divided

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Sai Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy

Posted by robertpriddy on July 11, 2011

In a development which indicates that the screws are tightening on the Sathya Sai Central Trust at last, Mail Today (July 9, 2011) published an article under the headline “Andhra govt slaps Rs. 3.35 crore power bill on Sai baba trust”. From this we can begin to see some of the huge privileges the former AP Sai-devotee government gave out of taxpayer’s money to this guru’s empire. The text of the article is shown here on the right.

 

 

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Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues

Posted by robertpriddy on July 6, 2011

Income tax laws should have been applied to Sai Baba’s treasure seizure last month, with specific reference to the section 132 of the Income Tax Act, dealing with unaccounted wealth/money. The Sai Trust claimed ownership of that money, even though none of it had been accounted and was largely in cash, gold and diamonds the origin of which was not accounted anywhere and was – they claimed – previously completely unknown to the Trustees. 

India TV posted an article entitled “Sathya Sai Trust Issue Gets Murkier, Rs 35.5 Lakh Cash Donations Accepted” in which it says:-

‘Sathya Sai Central Trust members R J Ratnakar (Sathya Sai’s nephew) and V Srinivasan accepted cash amounting to Rs 35.50 lakh in violation of Income-Tax laws as well as the Trust’s own guidelines to accept donations above Rs 5,000 by cheque only, says a media report.’ ‘Ratnakar had at first stated that it was not Trust’s money. After accepting the cash, neither Ratnakar nor any of the Trust members gave the devotees receipts for the money they had donated, nor was it recorded in cash or account books of the Trust in gross violation of the Trust’s guidelines for financial propriety.’
‘The police had filed FIR in this case under Sections 69 and 132 of the Income-Tax Act besides IPC sections. “We stand vindicated today. It is unaccounted money and with their statements Ratnakar and Srinivasan acknowledged they violated their own Trust’s guidelines not to accept cash donations, and Income-Tax laws. We have forwarded our findings to I-T department and it is up to them to take action against the Trust,” Anantapur SP Shahnawaz Qasim said on Monday evening.
(from http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/India/Sathya_Sai_Trust_Issue_Gets_Murkier_Rs_Lakh_Cash-8758.html)

 

The crucial consequence of the above is that, if the Rs 35 lakhs seized is “black money” and attracts IT and criminal laws under sec 132, then what about the 100 kg gold, 300 kg silver and also Rs 12 crores cash seized earlier? They also come exactly under the same category. How was the Sathya Sai trust allowed to keep the entire wealth and , even worse, pay “advance tax ” of Rs 9.7 crores and legitimize the illegal wealth and claim it ? Even that “discovered” wealth had no documents and were in violation of all laws of IT dept as well as Sathya Sai trust’s charter. In this connection see the article Sathya Sai Trust’s V.Srinivasan’s story falls down on at least three counts

Sathya Sai Central Trust to publish annual accounts: Despite long have claimed in many public statements tht all the transactions of the Trust were open to inspection and that the Trust was entirely transparent, the lie has been uncovered so thoroughly that the Sai Trust has had to bite the bullet and announce a sea change, even though it may prove to be inadequate for proper public scrutiny of the dealing within the Trust in future. However, the Trust are famous for having made promises in this connection before, but have broken them, so we shall have to wait and see whether they keep this one… on Sai Baba’s next birthday anniversary (why wait so long?).

 

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Sai Central Trust credibility totally destroyed

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2011

The Sathya Sai Central Trust official claims that the seized Rs 35.5 lakhs was from 12 devotees, meant for Sai Baba’s memorial (samadhi) construction, and that it was not the Trust’s money. This has been nailed as a lie by the police. Twelve devotees of Sathya Sai Baba had furnished documents that they had donated the cash, and had even claimed that the cash should be returned to them, so the police started questioning them a few days back. It now seems they had furnished false statements to the police at the behest of Sathya Sai trust members. The receipt stamps on the seized cash show that the cash was drawn from banks between 2007 and 2009.and the 12 Sathya Sai devotees, when asked to give bank statements to show that the cash had been drawn by them, furnished bank statements from 6 months previously! Now that investigators have got solid proof that the 12 “devotees” had been setup by the Trust members, the 2 trust members Srinivasan and Ratnakar are most likely to be charge sheeted and cases filed for cash embezzlement , forgery and maybe other offences like providing misleading statements to investigators and govt officials deliberately ( with criminal intent).

It is most surprising how “Sathya Sai devotees” agreed to deliberate cheating! Had not their “Swami” instructed them to always speak the truth? Perhaps the fact of gold and cash being stashed in the master’s room made the followers emulate their guru, who always plagiarised Mahatma Gandhi saying “My Life is My Message”?

Here are a few samples of Sathya Sai trustee V. Srinivasan’s statements in the last few days:-

Srinivasan entangling himself in contradictions and lies, as proven by later events

“The money belongs to the Trust”….in an interview to Indian Express two days before being questioned by the police about the seized 35.5 lakhs. In the same interview, Srinivasan dismisses outright the suggestions that there could be more gold, silver valuables in Yajur mandir. (June 24th)….From the earlier “all transactions by check only with receipts issues”, it is now ” most transactions are by check…and some cash transactions”! See scan on left from Express News Service.

On June 28th , Tuesday…the Sathya Sai trust in a press conference makes the outrageous statement which was the headline of an article in The Hindu ‘Rs.35 lakh cash does not belong to Trust’

Which one is true, Mr Srinivasan? After denying any possibility of any more gold or valuables in Yajur Mandir on June 24th, the Sai Trust now shamelessly says “The trust had not made any statement that the inventory was complete…..”, this is yesterday, after the 2nd gold , silver and diamond haul in yajur mandir. To this we can aptly quote the good old Sir Walter Scott: “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!”

Any more flip-flops on the way Mr Srinivasan? Anything about the false walls and ceilings? The Poornachandra Hall apartment are also to be searched after the Guru Purnima celebrations are over (see Yet more searches of Sai Baba’s ashram buildings ). Perhaps the deranged promoter of the Ascended Masters of the Seventh Ray, Sai Baba and crystal skulls, Isaac Tigrett, will reveal more secret stores… he has promised to tell many secrets Sai Baba vouchsafed to him. That will be most entertaining! (see Tigrett telling this on video) and also Isaac Tigrett’s announcement of secrets Sai Baba told him

The Sathya Sai Central Trust in total breach of its own rules: The brazen attempts of the Sathya Sai trust to gloss over Indian laws, and the breaking of such laws  by the SB trust hasn’t received even minimum media attention. People are obsessed with the 35.5 lakhs cash haul…and the most important issue of how the sb trust took possession of the 98 kg gold, 307 kg silver and 12 crores cash is not being addressed. See the Sathya Sai press release dated April 18th 2011, 6 days before Sai Baba died… at http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/Announcements/pressrelease18Apr2011.html

Note the following points from the press release…..about how the Trust accepts NO CASH DONATIONS.

The Trust does not receive donations except through banks. Payments are made through cheques only. The valuation of the assets of the Trust according to the established accounting norms, and the audited statements of income and expenditure are all incorporated in the various returns to be filed before the respective statutory authorities of the Central and State governments at specified intervals. These returns have all been filed regularly and are up-to-date. Foolproof accounting systems are in place. The question of any diversion of funds or unauthorized expenditure does not arise.”

“SRI SATHYA SAI CENTRAL TRUST, PRASANTHI NILAYAM
Accounting procedure for Receipts & Payments of the Trust
Donors deposit the cash directly in the bank branch opened in the premises of the Trust. No employee of the Trust can receive any cash donations from the donors. Donors who like to donate outside the banking hours are advised to donate through debit card machines of the bank. As such there are no cash collections with the Trust which are not accounted for. Cheques/drafts received by the Trust are deposited daily in the bank by the Finance Officer of the Trust. Any foreign contributions received are credited in a separate bank account as per approval given by the Home Ministry under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976. The receipts duly signed by the Secretary of the Trust are sent to the donors at the addresses given by them.
All works and projects of the Trust are approved by the Founder Trustee, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who only has the power to sign cheques for disbursing payments for the approved works/projects. All payments to various suppliers/contractors are made by A/c payee demand drafts or by transfer through RTGS directly for credit to the bank accounts of various suppliers/contractors. No payments are made to any party by cash.

The annual audited Foreign Contribution Statements giving receipt and utilization are sent to Home Ministry every year. The annual audited Financial Statements are also filed every year with various Government agencies such as Income Tax Department etc.”

When such is the official and legal status of the registered Sathya Sai trust, the following questions are MOST obvious.

1. How did Sathya Sai Baba, presumably aware of all the rules/laws of his own trust of which he was the check signing authority, accept huge cash and gold donations and not even declare them to his own trust ?

2. If those “donations” of cash, gold, diamonds and silver, could not be valid and legal donations to the Trust, why did Sai Baba accept it ?

3. Is it not a straightforward fact that Sai Baba had knowingly committed and attempted to hide a criminal act ?

4. In the light of the above established facts , why did the Sathya Sai trust, claim the hoarded wealth discovered on June 17th as its own and how could they deposit it in the Trust accounts, given that its illegal for the Sathya Sai trust to accept cash/gold ( both under their own charter/laws as well as Income tax laws)

5. Is it not patently obvious that the Sathya Sai trust , now…..and Sathya Sai Baba earlier, have been accepting illegal contributions to the trust, hoarding it and also hiding it…and even worse, upon discovery, trying to pay “advance tax” on it and claiming the hoarded wealth as their own ?
Shouldn’t these questions be raised by the public and media to the officials, government and Income tax authorities, and shouldn’t serious criminal cases be filed against Sathya Sai Baba ( deceased offender) and also the Sathya Sai trust for criminal financial fraud ?

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Yajurveda Mandir and other Sathya Sai buildings to be searched

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2011

The Sai Baba saga of suspected untold wealth is not yet over:-


 

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Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion

Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2011

from The Hindustan Times

The Press Trust of India published the above information, printed in The Hindustan Times, Wed. 29th June, 2011. The trustees of the Sathya Sai Central Trust decided, contrary to all former practice by the Trust, to pay income tax on the jewelry, and advanced Rs 9.75 crore (that is 97,500,000 rupees equalling US$ 2,173,776.-). Yet stranger than the decision to pay tax, when no official body asked them to pay. The privilege of exemption with regard to income is still kept by the Trust until further notice. The amount of the income tax seems to be quite strange – 97 million rupees. But the amount of cash in SSB’s rooms was 115 million. What is the income tax based on? If were the cash currency it would amount to 85% tax. Jewels are mentioned and there was much gold and silver too. How did they estimate what the tax should be, when to value of the inventory was not then obtained? It seems very like some kind of diversion manoeuvre, and could it even be a bribe of some kind to whatever powers-than-be in this matter… officialdom or public opinion? Does the Sai Trust think it can usurp the authority of the taxation authorities and decide what tax to pay according to their own rough estimates? The case i bizarre and one smells a rat, and even a sinking ship. 

Excerpt from official Prashanthi Nilayam publication of Christmas Sandesh 1998. Don't laugh - but who doesn't know that Paul never met Jesus or "went up to him".

See?R.J. Ratnakar - the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba – finally gave a press interview. He had a rather unconvincing out-of-context smile on his face, which strongly suggests that he was following his guru’s advice and example (until Sai Baba went into old age depression), namely, to keep up a smiling face when under criticism. He reminded me of what a devotee, Rita Bruce, said of the typical Sai official, Mr. Suri of the Book Trust, when I asked if he was the one who smiled when he talked. She replied “He smiles only while he is lying”. Ratnakar lied most outrageously saying that the Sathya Sai Central Trust was entirely transparent… when no one but insiders could get to see any breakdown of the overall published annual figures. That or possibly also officials who had their hands in the pot for bribes? (This is India, don’t forget, not the land of probity by a very long way). His claim that it is the millions of Sai devotees who he cares for is to be balanced against the fact that – if he gets to run the Trust or be part of it – the income is the major concern. That is why he wants to pacify devotees!

CLICK TO SEE BRIEF VIDEO WITH RATNAKAR'S DENIALS

R.J. Ratnakar can be accused of:-

1) the blatant lie that the Sai Trust is “transparent” (but it only so to trustees – only minimally to government. Andhra Pradesh authorities proclaimed they had no information on the Trust dealings when the story first broke). He has spoken of “vested interests” behind the critics, but this is an empty mantra repeated by numerous Sai officials… there is absolutely zero evidence for this and I should know as I am in touch with nearly all who have written criticisms in 10 years… all are independent, mostly ex-followers who have been abused in one way and another!

2) Steering very clear of the key controversy and the hidden facts around it all – the confinement and death of SB

3) Having been known indisputably to try to sideline Sathyajit, who certainly he knew was against Sai Baba’s will, so as to retain control himself. In fact, it was reported that he intended to pronounce himself at Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual successor!
4) Not forwarding proof of who the money in the van were owned by or what it was for, or why it was in cash – not cheque and not accounting for the episode where many lakhs of cash were apprehended by a bus passenger

5) Being ‘son like father’. Having grown up under a father who was widely known in Puttaparthi – and among foreign visitors – to have run a brothel outside the ashram near the Ganesha gate, he is the son of a liar who takes after his father. His father Janakiramiah, younger brother of Sathya Sai Baba, became a multi-millionaire property magnate in Puttaparthi. He was known by V.K. Narasimhan to have blackmailed the police into executing four young men trapped in Sai Baba’s bedroom (on the pretext that they had tried to assassinate Sai Baba, which SB himself denied!). The famous words were uttered about the execution by Ratnakar’s father to the Home Minister S.B. Chavan – closeted together with V.K. Narasimhan – “Dead men tell no tales” And he and Chavan laughed out loud at that! When Narasimhan told me this in a lowered voice in private early in 1997, it led to my investigating intensely and having to bite the bullet – that I had become deluded by Sai Baba and his many supporters and that all I had done for 18 years for the organization was for a sham. (see a brief account of V.K. Narasimhan’s words as noted in situ in 1997)

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‘Spiritual gurus’ (esp. Sai Baba) voted down by Indian TV audience

Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2011

CNN-IBN’s Face the Nation debated the issue “Sathya Sai Trust under scanner – Is spirituality an industry?”, with special reference to Sathya Sai Baba, whose huge secret hoards of gold, silver and currencies plus much more was recently revealed.  Hosted by top TV journalist Sagarika Gosh-Sardesai, Face the Nation is one of the most watched programs in India were invited panelists discuss some key issue, The audience is eventually invited to vote through text messages or emails. Several millions vote every night and a percentage result is given. Yesterday the vote on the issue pertaining largely to Sai Baba showed all of 87% of viewers critical of gurus with money.

In some ways, the issue of the intercepted cash camouflaged much more serious issues. The Sai Trust has already been instructed that it must give up its complete non-transparence of finances in any case. But, for example, one can but wonder what the audience would have voted had the REAL deceptions issue been broached, namely, what happened behind the intense security around Sai Baba who could not even be seen by his relatives when in intensive care? Who was in control and why was the casket and embalming information ordered weeks before he wads declared dead. Did he die naturally or was he disconnected from the life support on Easter Sunday for show, and by whom?

CLICK on image to open IBN video

See the exceptional FTN program here. http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/163428/ftn-sathya-sai-trust-under-scanner-is-spirituality-an-industry.html As a preliminary to the Face the Nation debate, CNN-IBN Editor in Chief Rajdeep Sardesai put some tough questions to Sathya Sai trust lawyer Naganand on the most watched News program in the country “India at 9″. Both Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Gosh-Sardesai were quite critical of the Sathya Sai trust http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/163424/sai-trust-evading-probe.html

Most of India’s national TV channels are doing major shows on the Sai Baba matter since it has become prime time material. The hostility of audiences based on the revelations about Sathya Sai Baba and the battles within the Sai Trust makes a striking change from previous treatment of him and his minions in most of India’s media for many years. This bodes ill for the future of the Sai Baba ashrams and all the institutions originally generated from them. Though powerful political manipulators – right to the top in Indian government for decades – helped Sai Baba escape justice and major exposure within India itself, much of the can of worms – as long known to thousands of ex-followers – has opened and cannot easily be closed.

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Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death

Posted by robertpriddy on June 27, 2011

The unrest in Puttaparthi – and no doubt throughout the International Sathya Sai Organization – is surely not caused only by the financial irregularities that are under investigation but by the long history of secrecy, unaccountability and cover-up by the Sathya Sai authorities. The greatest cause for concern is certainly the manner of Sathya Sai Baba’s confinement both before and after he was hospitalized, and – yet more urgently – the EXACT manner of his death. – since he had long been on a life support machine with massive multiple organ failure and was reportedly unconscious – it seems evident to Sai devotees that he was disconnected on the authority of the Trust – the time chosen being very suspicious for a number of reasons. No properly signed death certificate has been issued either!

Not only was the time apparently chosen Easter Sunday – most likely a cynical ploy to try to create bogus ideas connecting Sathya Sai Baba with Jesus Christ – but it has been proven that the casket was ordered a very long time in advance when few believed he would actually die. The Trust did not involve itself in the order, but used a middleman, who also asked for instructions on how to embalm a corpse (i.e. presumably to preserve it until such time as it was deemed best. This strongly indicates that Sathya Sai Baba died much earlier than announced and was kept on life support (i.e. a mechanical system that keeps some of the body functions running) until the Trust could decide how to choreograph the scene. The funeral arrangements and exact travel plans for national VVIP visits to it were also made known even before Sathya Sai Baba’s death was announced! That the populace of Puttaparthi have focused on the financial questions – the non-transparency of the Central Trust’s accounts and decisions – is not surprising seeing how they have lost the largest part of their means of livelihood and are concerned about the reputation of Prashanthi Nilayam for economic reasons.

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However, it is very hard to believe that Sathya Sai Baba did any real “hard work”. In fact, the trustees seem to have been delegated to do any work there was. Nor did he earn a penny from his own labour – all was given to him believing it would be used for education, health and projects for the needy in India. But much was used to build his palace and museums promoting himself! (see here) He was the one who set the standards for the Trust – and his own behaviour was supposed to be the example. Yet, after he got his first ashram, Sathya Sai Baba never did any physical labour, nor did he lift a finger to look after himself – all was done by servant devotees. He was for decades enjoying a life that for nearly all Indians is sheer luxury. He gave darsan twice daily most of the time, but that was a pleasant walk among his worshipping followers, and he loved to perform his tricks in interviews and give cheap trinkets as ‘blessings’ which induced people to donate huge sums, many actually thinking they were God’s appointed! He visited his colleges and so forth… but much of the time he was behind closed doors. He never had to walk far after his childhood… he had many cars at his disposal, and also jumbo jets to go on holiday to Kodaikanal. He loved to be lauded by officials at the towns he visited like royalty. Sai Baba constantly based his claims of divinity on what he calls his ‘unique selfless social service’. Yet there are plenty of social service organizations around the world doing service work on a far more massive scale, with self-sacrifice, often even of the lives of workers. Most of them are unknown precisely because – unlike most Sai Baba ‘workers’ and Sai Baba himself –  they are so busy that they do not have time to parrot about the “good work” they do. Sathya Sai Baba used massive amounts of time discoursing about his own tremendous achievements – mostly talk not much action! Then he hoarded goods for himself in secretly-constructed hideouts in his palatial ‘yajur mandir’.

See also:- Indian Media and Governments Heedless of Decade of Foreign Media and Sai Baba Critics’ Revelations

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Sai Baba cult under pressure of events and doubts

Posted by robertpriddy on June 24, 2011

The Times report – part of which is shown on the right – continued as follows:-
“Several doubts have cropped up over the way the Trust is run. Much damage has been done in the last two months since Sai Baba’s death. We would not be found wanting if the Trust is playing truant,” said Sravan Kumar, Baba’s grand-nephew, on Tuesday. He said they were at loss as to why the Trust activities continued to be shrouded in secrecy. “They are carrying out all important activities without taking anybody into confidence. We are not outsiders and we have every right to question the Trust’s decisions,” he said.

Family members said Sai Baba didn’t belong to the Trust alone. He was revered by lakhs of devotees. Sai Baba’s nephew M. Shankar Raju said, “The recent incidents at Yajur Mandir have sullied Sai Baba’s image. The Trust is not above-board given the allegations against it.” http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Police-suspect-proper-inventory-was-not-carried-out-at-Yajur-Mandir/articleshow/8945611.cms

The Role of Satyajit rejected by Ratnakar

There is no doubt in most followers’ minds, it appears, that Satyajit was the only fully trusted favourite of Sai Baba due to the role he was given during the hospitalization but also that he alone could open the ‘yajur mandir’ with his biometric lock. Eight years back, when Baba had just recovered from an injury, he reserved a good portion of his speech on Guru Purnima in praise of Satyajit. He said: “Even at an odd hour, if I just utter the word ‘Satya’ in a feeble voice, the boy would immediately get up and attend to my needs. He was so alert and attentive”. The speech is available on the website of the International Sai Organisation. (http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-04-25/news/29471451_1_sathya-sai-baba-death-janakiramaiah-sai-trust)

Faith of many devotees’ badly shaken: One of the greatest difficulties that the remains Sathya Sai Baba officials, devotees and other dependents face is how to keep their faith in the face of so many disastrous revelations about the illness and suspicious time of death of this supposedly all-knowing and all-powerful Sathya Sai Baba (Easter Sunday, when he was evidently ‘disconnected’ from his life support machine by persons unknown), his being manipulated with stimulants and depressants for months – evident in his wooden expressionlessness during his 85th birthday and thereafter.

The exposure of the total unaccountability of the Sathya Sai Central Trust and the struggles around and within it for control and what to do to keep things going must have come as a shock to trusting donors the world over, though dissidents and exposé writers have long known of the embezzlement and money-laundering to which it has been wide open as a non-reporting charity, benefiting from complete exemption from all customs and excise duties and freedom from any form of taxation! This makes it more profitable and open to irregularities that the worst ‘offshore banking’ facility in the world!

A further major shock of devotees: Then comes the secret e-mails of scientist and parapsychologist Professor Haraldsson that I have finally released after 10 years of protecting him, which show him to be far from the darling of the Sai authorities and many followers, as they have fondly imagined until now. What he wrote to me about Sathya Sai Baba, his homosexuality, his self-delusions and unbalanced personality explodes any myth that he was a devotee or even thought Sai Baba to have been what he claimed for himself! See Professor Erlendur Haraldsson – by Robert Priddy: very revealing materials!

I am informed by a former top official of the Sathya Sa Organization in India that the expose is spreading like wild-fire through the desert of lies right into the heart of Puttaparthi.That many good people left the ashram earlier keeping silent due to the dangers involved. There was a person of great integrity, a certain Dr. Bhagvat , who was put in charge of the Sai Baba hospital in Prashanthi Nilayam (the general hospital). I t would be interesting to know whiter he left because he came across the misdeeds of Sathya Sai Baba. As to Mr. Srinivasan of WS Industries, he is a dubious character, who actually posed as another Bhagwan while doing propaganda about Sai Baba and he would have donned the Sai Baba mantle had it not been for the recent negative reports in the media. He always posed as some sort of superhuman whenever interacting with other devotees.

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Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2011

Yet again funds have been apprehended as they were being spirited away from Puttaparthi. It is beginning to become evident to more and more people what exposé writers have long been claiming and documenting as far as was possible, the SS Central Trust members are largely a clique of dishonest nest-featherers, able to hide away all manner of financial transaction and crime without any chance of the public knowing.

My informant in India sums it up as follows:-
“Close on the heels of a huge cash haul in a Sathya Sai Trust van, yet another cash haul on a bus bound for Bangalore from Puttaparthi. This time its Rs 5-10 crores, contained in gunny sacks. 2 have been arrested, bringing the total number of arrests to 5 so far. The Sai Trust has denied the 35 lakhs seized on Friday was its property, although its futile now because both men have confessed with very specific details.

Two of those (unfortunate go-betweens) arrested on Friday have already confessed their role and how the SB trust members had asked them to convey it to someone in Bangalore.  According to the Times of India, “…the cash was reportedly given by Trust members V.  Srinivasan and R.J.  Rathnakar at Santhi Bhavan to Srinivasan’s driver Sekhar, who handed it over to Harishnanda Shetty, an engineer involved in the construction of Baba’s Maha Samadhi, to hand it over to an anonymous person in Bangalore.” Rathnakar is the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba, son of the infamous younger brother Janaki Ramiah, so one does not expect honesty from him. Srinivasan is evidently just another corrupt Trustee in a long line of swindlers, several of which Sathya Sai Baba eventually had to fire from the Trust for embezzlement (including Colonel Joga Rao for taking ‘kickbacks’, and the former head of PN ashram Narayanan for sudden unexplained major wealth. Further Dr. G. Venkataraman, the head of Radio Sai, Trustee, Vice-Chairman of the Prashanthi Council and more was the receiver of a brand new car from Trust funds! Also, the Trust’s council of management has the following members: lawyer S.S. Naganand; former Canara Bank chairman J.V. Shetty; former IOB chairman T.K.K Bhagavat; retired IAS official and Head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, K. Chakravarthi.

I have just received several positive reactions to the public exposure of Sai Baba’s hoarding. One example is from a person formerly quite close to him. He wrote: “It was so relieving to read news regarding the hoarded wealth at Sai Baba’s apartment (I will certainly refrain from calling it a mandir). For once, the normal Indian is in a state of shock and a very necessary shock at that. Even staunch devotees in my family who use to regularly donate a few thousand rupees and  one who gave large sums (lakhs) are unable to stomach the news – for being credulous and not keeping their eyes and ears open, they are now in a state of shock.”

As to Sai Baba having hoarded Nike shoes, cameras etc., I am informed by an insider source: “These were given as presents to his chosen form boys. I have seen such cameras with the likes of Raman Mehta, Arjun Bannerjee etc. I remember  once when we were inside the Poornachandra Hall, a prominent American doctor had got lots of such stuff – he had arrived few hours earlier with cameras, watches etc. as donations to Sai Baba, who had then joked that he allowed good bhaktas to get things like these in order to save them harassment from the income tax officials. Even I was presented with currency worth rs 1500/-“

As the Times of India report mentions, Its now fairly evident , according to the police, that a massive hawala racket had been operating out of  Puttaparthi (hawala means transfer of illegal funds through a network of overseas and Indian operators, converting black money to white, or money laundering).

Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! After years of posting about the total unaccountability and basic untrustworthiness of the Sathya Sai Central Trust during which not a soul in India responded to my documented details or sound arguments, the authorities and the media there have at last taken the matter up, vindicating all my worst suspicions. Such well-founded articles as ‘Can We Trust the Central Trust’ by Serguei Badaev, the former leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Moscow have been ignored by Indian newspaper editors of major newspapers there to whom they have been sent, and almost everyone else too! Devotees are indoctrinated and pressured to never think ill of anyone, or criticize anyone at all (as everyone is supposed to be God!) and especially not of Sathya Sai Baba or any of his officials! The current revelations about the total lack of external control or even filed information show just how damaging is this simplistic ‘three monkeys’ proverb that SB loves to reiterate (and devotees love yet more to parrot). As Barry Pittard had stated so pungently, this press cover-up or sheer laxity is a signal to most Indian media to buck up.

The Unaccountable Sathya Sai Central Trust Fund The body has tax and custom duty exemption as a Charitable Trust, with special allowances – tax and import duty exemption – and largely undisclosed financial advantages or support by Indian governments. As such it is not legally required to have any rules or guidelines, being run entirely by an unaccountable Board of Directors under Sathya Sai Baba as Chairman. How or to whom authority and funds are delegated is unknown, there are no minutes of meetings available and all internal matters are kept secret, including the reason for dismissals by Sai Baba of Board members or other staff. Donors cannot monitor the use of their monies in any way.

V.K. Narasimhan on the Sathya Sai Organization, Indulal Shah, embezzlements
VKN told me of power battles within the organization, and how Indulal Shah could contravene Sai Baba’s own directives because he had world-wide contact with leaders in many countries. Further, Mr. V. Ramnath of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS Vigilance official) knew a ranking Customs and Duty Officer in Delhi (where he also had an apartment) who had used her power to get access to certain Sathya Sai Central Trust accounts and found many instances of corruption and money-laundering. This lady, Mrs. Dolly Saxena, refused to reveal anything to the BBC. She had been threatened by CID officers over a period when the murders of 1993 had taken place, because her son – a Sai college student – had been under the care of Vijay Prabhu, the reputed ‘mastermind’ of the intrusion into the mandir. Her son had been thrown in prison and suffered traumas and had to be sent to the USA to continue his studies.

Sathya Sai deception of donors, they way he works on them

Donating to the Sathya Sai Central Trust

Colonel Joga Rao – closest servitor for decades – didn’t believe in his miracles!

Donations to the unreliable Sathya Sai Central Trust by the Priddys

‘Can We Trust the Central Trust’ by former President of the Moscow Sathya Sai Centre


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