Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Guru Purnima – without guru or foreign visitors

Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2013

I am back from travels abroad and find that, in my absence, Guru Purnima was celebrated at Prashanthi. I received a comment on this from a former devotee who wrote:-

“The same old theme of boring devotee speakers and a drama facing the samadhi so no devotee can see it – how stupid is that! – no big politicians or cinema stars, not a one! Though the descriptive posts mention a “jam packed hall”, it is hard to tell, because the ashram is becoming skilled in taking pics of only a section of the crowd, so as not to show empty hall space. The pics of days before and after show big empty spaces in the back of the hall, if one looks carefully at the pictures.”

This refers to the most carefully censored and 1000% positive and uncritical saibabaofindia propaganda web site at . I remark that I cannot see on single foreigner present on any of the images, though some light-skinned persons are there looking like Indians – while the captive audience of those who attend the Sai Baba school and colleges (they cannot get out of attending it) are most prominent. Before his death, Sathya Sai Baba could still attract foreign visitors in considerable numbers, and all notable office-bearers from abroad in his organisation were expected to attend. Now the guru was absent and the celebration was certainly not ‘purnima’ (i.e. ‘full’). Shall we assume that all these foreign and other non-attending spiritual aspirants have so belatedly got the faith that ‘Swami is omnipresent’ and therefore they can find no point in visiting? Or what?
Maybe some excerpts from and article by Indulekha Aravind of ‘Business Standard’ (July 12, 2013) help clear up why there is both a huge decline in visitors to Puttaparthi along with the great increase in wishful thinking and false estimates by the  Central Trust spokesmen (note – which is still entirely a man’s world, of course):-

“Before April 24 2011, the day Sai Baba died, pilgrims from all over the world used to throng Puttaparthi. They came in the hope of getting darshanor at least a glimpse of the saffron-robed figure responsible for converting the dusty village in Andhra Pradesh into a town with a superspecialty hospital, airstrip, railway station, university and excellent roads. The devotees fuelled the businesses of dozens of people like Ahmed, who used to run four shops in town, enjoy monthly sales of Rs 6 lakh from the jewellery and handicrafts shop alone and have personalities like Advani and Goldie Hawn dropping in (a photo of Ahmed with the Hollywood actor hangs above the counter). Those days now seem a distant memory – Ahmed says his shops, two of which he has already closed, now receive only 10 per cent of the customers they used to, and sales are down to some thousands a month. After the summer months, sales used to pick up in June but now it’s already July and this is the state of affairs, he says, pointing to the nearly empty street outside. The Kashmiri traders would be the first to leave if business was bad, I had been told on my previous visit to the town in arid Anantpur district a week after Sai Baba’s death. And sure enough, Ahmed confirms that of the 125 Kashmiri-run shops two years ago, only 77 remain.”

“The popular refrain is that even after “Swami’s” death, people are still coming to Puttaparthi but instead of staying for weeks and months, now return after a couple of days, especially if they are Indian visitors.” “…the fall in visitors has taken a heavy toll on Puttaparthi’s various businesses. Among the worst affected is the hospitality sector. CH Janaki Ram, a long-time devotee of Sai Baba, opened Hotel Sai Paradise near the main entrance to Prasanthi Nilayam (as the ashram is called) in December 2010. Up till the following March, the 29-room hotel enjoyed occupancy of 90 per cent. Ram had invested Rs 3.5 crore in the hotel and with business booming, he hoped to recover it over a couple of years. After Sai Baba’s death, though, occupancy plummeted to as low as 20 per cent.” “Even worse hit is the real estate sector…. Some developers were banking on the hordes expected for the 90th birthday celebrations of Sai Baba to make a killing (he had reportedly predicted he would die at 96, though the end came a good 12 years before that), while others were hoping to cash in on the existing influx of visitors. At his office in nearby Bokkapatnam, Vekateshu Reddy, the sub-registrar, says revenue from property registrations, which includes transactions in Puttaparthi, has been declining steadily since 2011, from Rs 5.6 crore in the year ending March 2011 to Rs 3.9 crore in 2012-13… Ancillary industries, such as hardware, paint and sanitaryware shops have also been affected. There are hardly any registrations of new properties from Puttaparthi now, he says. Nobody has started new projects, confirms CH Saikrishna, proprietor of Sai Leela Developers” “In the local branch of a public sector bank, a manager says defaults have been on the rise.” (from http://www.business-standard.com/article/beyond-business/god-forsaken-113071201073_1.html)

Other private reports strongly indicated that the real situation in Puttaparthi is actually yet worse than described.

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