Sai Gita’s untimely end amid decadence at Prashanthi Nilayam
Posted by robertpriddy on February 10, 2013
The e-mail posted on Yahoo saibabanews group – apparently by an American called Alex – shows how unregulated and entirely out of gear with all that Sathya Sai Baba said about his ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ and how perfect it all was. The death of the young elephant Sai Gita seems to have been a result of the greed of the ashram administrators:-
As to trying to get any information from the administrator of groups in the Sathya Sai Organization, it was ever thus… far too many office-bearers, whether Indian or from most other countries, behaved like small condescending Napoleons, deigning to take notice of members’ interests only when it could advance their own status. Otherwise they behaved like any minor counter clerk, doing what they were told from VIPs above, who themselves were doing what they were told from ‘on high’. In short, a completely self-defeating organisational culture which allowed the type of people that Sai Baba characterised as ‘big egos’ and ‘VIPers’ etc. to dominate others. Sathya Sai Baba gave such people privileges because he knew they dared not go against his advice (i.e. demands clothed in a velvet words) and would do almost anything whatever, especially to defend him and cover up all the crimes and injustices that sprang up under his leadership.
Good persons did once flock to Sathya Sai baba, it was that who built his mini-empire for him and did all the service work and self-sacrifice about which he constantly talked and boasted as his own doing. There were always a large number of people who were definitely deserving of the epithet Sai Baba used often in interviews about others not present, namely ‘bad man!’
The book by Smt. Vijayamma which the e-mailer praises so much actually tells about Sathya Sai’s uncontrolled behaviour and criminal actions in his early years, such as his relentless regular physical beating of Vijayamma’s own baby son! How anyone can condone that is unthinkable – as are many other things she reported him as doing at other person’s expense.
The e-mail ends with a reminder that the politicians and businessmen represent the ‘era of Kali’ (i.e. of decadence and degeneration) who are accepted warmly at the ashram and given the best places. The writing is confused, thus exhibiting the strong feeling of disgust and let-down driving its writer.