My Indian informant has provided the following information and informed viewpoints:
“If one reads the messages on the Sai Baba News Forum, posted by close devotees and Sai Baba students, it’s very clear from them that around the 4th April – and again around the 20th April – there was major upheaval; and Sai Baba was believed to be dead. It’s fairly obvious that during these 15 days the Sathya Sai Central Trust was grappling with the inner finances control affairs and trying to keep the news covered over. But from most of the direct news from Puttaparthi (as reported by close Sai-devotees/students) and from the sequence of medical bulletins, between April 4th to April 20th, The Central Trust maintained the same “stable, but critical and vital parameters nearly normal” announcements. By mid April the “final news” had spread everywhere, so top politicians, top medical experts were flown in, the “sanjeeva samadhi” (burial while alive) news came in by 20th. The Seva Dal (Sai Baba’s own service organization at Prashanthi Nilayam) actually reported that Sai Baba’s body had finally stopped functioning by 3.30pm April 20th.
If one views all this in the context of the casket being enquired about already on or about the 29th of March…frantically ordered by 3 am, through multiple phone calls ( April 4th/5th), and that the so-called “sanjeeva samadhi” (burial alive) reports surfaced by April 20th, the sequence is logically consistent with the suspicion that Sai Baba was already dead. When he actually died – what was the role of the politicians, trust members, trust doctors in keeping him “alive” – can be guessed at by all independently-minded persons. Most probably, Sai Baba died long before April 27th and the powers-that-be had tried to hide it AND made at least 2 attempts to “officially” announce it between April 4/5th and April 20th, under some pretext or other. For whatever reason it is likely that April 27th was when Trust matters were agreed upon through compromises? There are murky and fishy matters here, like the coordinated timings of otherwise unpredictable events, including how politicians and VVIPs planned in advance to travel to the funeral and ‘pay their dues’.”
The choice of an “Easter announcement” is suspicious. The supposed death day Easter Sunday (when Christ is believed to have resurrected from death!) knowing how the Trust people believe (in their mistaken ‘true belief’ and chauvinism) that many Christians are (or may become) very sympathetic towards Sai Baba (and a source of possible future donations). Even perhaps because it was India’s national icon and cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday fell on April 24th and, him being a devotee, the Trust could thereby milk a great amount of positive and sympathetic media attention .
The utterly scandalous behaviour of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil in endorsing Sathya Sai Baba so publicly – considering what is known about him – has been criticized by numerous people. I recommed to read the blog by a rationalist, Rajeesh, entitled CONDEMN and PROTEST Fundamentalist Role of Indian Government violating Secularism