Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Archive for July 12th, 2007

VISITORS TO SAI BABA ASHRAMS (3)

Posted by robertpriddy on July 12, 2007

Roundhouses etc.1987
View of ’roundhouses’ and accommodation ‘sheds’ Prashanthi Nilayam (from 1987)

All is not as it seems outwardly!
The Vigilance Officer who informed me much about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at the Sathya Sai Baba ashrams, Mr. V. Ramnath, knew a lot about certain people around Sathya Sai Baba. The ashram is run,  he said, mostly by financial crooks and virtual ‘goondas’. He had known Vijay Prabhu for years before the June 1993 ‘incident’ he supposedly master-minded’). He told me that Prabhu had been a most devoted ‘seva’ worker and subsequently security chief of the ashram – which he was when the fatal intrusion and six murders took place. Vijay Prabhu told Ramnath of brothels in Puttaparthi used by ashram staff, and also of staff alcohol abuse. Ramnath made efforts to cross-check this and found it to be a fact. Incidentally, when investigators had descended en masse after the June 1993 murders and executions, various journalists reported that drink, including bottles of rum, were turned up within the ashram. Not so surprising, really, but not what one is misled to believe, or would wish to think, about ‘Prashanthi Nilayam’.


How murder haunted the ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ (‘Prashanthi Nilayam’)
Vijay Prabhu, my informant said, was an honest man but he got overheated about the corruption… and Sai Baba “seems to have used him as a broom to sweep up some of the dirt in the ashram”, by giving hints to support his attempt to remove the current administration. (Sai Baba’s closest and power-broking valet Radhakrishnan and his sidekick Mahajan were killed, though probably the conflict and knife fight was an unexpected, unwanted conflict for the intruders). Sai Baba had told Prabhu, said my informant, that as long as the world does not change outside the ashram, nothing would change inside either… and there was nothing that he (Sai Baba) could do about it himself.  [A glaring contradiction to Sai Baba’s repeated claims that he is omnipotent and come to save mankind from destruction etc. etc.!] This was also the core of Vijay Prabhu’s statement to the police when he gave himself up months after the incident to a neutral police force outside the Puttaparthi area.  He chose that other police force to surrender to because – as head of security at Prashanthi Nilayam – he knew all too well the murderousness of the totally corrupted Puttaparthi police chief (who was blackmailed into executing the four assailant devotees by Sai Baba’s younger brother Janakiramian and Co.). Vijay Prabhu’s life was – and those of his family and various associates were – ruined by all this (not least since his brother, S.S. Prabhu was one of the four executed in Sai Baba’s bedroom see here) . Some who were well known to my informant were persecuted badly by the powerful clique that remained, including Mrs Dolly Saxena of the Delhi Customs and Excise Dept. and her son, who even had to flee India due to persecution by the ashram for being known to Vijay Prabhu. (Incidentally, Vijay Prabhu was also firmly convinced that 90% of Sai Baba students did not believe that Sai Baba to be the avatar he claims to be!)


Tax-free and largely unaccountable Sathya Sai Central Trust Fund
As is known to informed persons in India, like Mr. V. Ramnath, the core of the whole Sathya Sai organisation, being registered as a charitable Trust Fund, is not legally required to have any rules or guidelines. Sai Baba delegates authority, and also changes the rules and sometimes the personnel, when he sees fit. So there is no structure or defined way of dealing with matters. (In 1995 he ‘sacked’ Col. Joga Rao for taking kickbacks from entrepreneurs Larsen & Turbro and having bought an apartment block in Delhi he could not explain, and the previous head of the PN ashram, Narayanan, for financing a luxury villa in Bangalore with embezzled money). One asks, would omniscient and righteous God let a servant embezzle us all for so long and so much? If so, what kind of example does this set? These are the facts behind the colourful and deceptive façade of Sai Baba ashrams.


The fate of sacking awaited Nataraj, head of the accommodation office and Mr. P. Suri of the Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, both of whom had been milking the system for years. In 1993, Suri was found with 25 lakhs of rupees in his room which he could not explain, he could produce no accounts whatever for the Trust of which he was the Convener! Both were ‘sacked’ by Sai Baba in due course, but after their rascally practices had long been fairly common knowledge. Mr. Suri received 900 copies of the 1st ed. of my book, which was sold from the Prashanti bookshop for Rs. 50.- per copy (in 1994), for which no accounts were presented to me or anyone else! Al Drucker, Rita Bruce, Mr. Taylor (publisher of the ‘Gufa Narayana Ashram’ books) all suffered similar or worse extravagances from Mr. Suri. The same practices apparently continue under Mr. Rajan, who has the profitable business now. One notable fact about the methods used is that, if you pay in too large a sum of money by mistake (as my wife unthinkingly did in 1998, due to a fault by the clerk who calculated wrongly and overcharged by hundreds of rupees!). They would not refund the difference even five minutes after payment! They have an iron rule, they said, to pay out nothing whatever. Instead the difference had to be placed in an account with them. Any money you have on account with them you can never recoup, but they may sometimes send on some unwanted, unreadable trash books that they can’t sell to make up for the amount!


Not everyone is aware that the head of the PN ashram from about 2000, a Mr. K. Chackravati, the former chief of the water project as appointed by Sai Baba and subsequently Head of the Prashanthi Nilayam Ashram, was previously sacked from his government post for major embezzlement! This was common knowledge in the IAS and to discerning Indian newspaper readers.


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