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.
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’.