Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust
Posted by robertpriddy on June 26, 2011
Sai Baba’s stored caches shake devotees’ faith: Police suspect that huge amounts of cash, gold, silver and precious stones could still be concealed in Yajur Mandir. The personal chamber of the spiritual leader, who passed away April 24, is believed to have false ceilings, false floors and rooms concealed behind almirahs (i.e. wardrobes). Reportedly, nobody except Sathya Sai Baba’s personal caregiver Satyajit had access to Yajur Mandir, especially the first floor where Baba used to live (however, only after he was hospitalized). It is well known that he had other visits there through the years since he moved in.
News is constantly trickling in from Puttaparthi that Sai Baba devotees have been shaken by the huge haul of wealth in Yajur Mandir, as well as big cash seizures in the following days. Many Sai devotees known to our contacts, including hardcore believers – are not even attempting to defend or deny the gold, cash hauls, and are in a complete state of confusion. Some blame trust members, while some are asking: “why did Swami have to keep so much gold and cash – didn’t Swami always say he never accepted gifts?”
There have been hundreds of Sathya Sai Baba devotees – not least traders in Puttaparthi – protesting, marching, holding placards and shouting slogans against the Sathya Sai Central Trust.
Its now being alleged that there is a 1 km long tunnel from yajur mandir to Hill view stadium, through which black money is transported. News channels, English as well as regional, are caught up in a competitive race in trying to do a new story and new angle every day, and the ugly news of Sai Baba and his ashram is staying on the air all the time