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Puttaparthi: severe slump for businesses

Posted by robertpriddy on March 24, 2018

The well-known and successful garment outlet, ‘Shilparamam’ is losing over a million rupees every year in Puttaparthi due to lack of sales. We can safely assume that this is the norm in the ghost town of the dead narcissist pedophile. Recently another national outlet, ‘FabIndia’ was opened in Puttaparthi. One can only assume the company did not do any market research whatsoever, on the fate of most other Puttaparthi businesses. The company owners must have visions of profits making them into millionaires but sadly, they will most likely suffer dire debts in the future.

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Madhusudan, the ‘oracle boy’ is now Sathya Sai Baba plus Prema Sai?

Posted by robertpriddy on March 9, 2018

All pretence that Sukshma Baba (former Sai student Madhusudan) is merely an instrument or ‘oracle boy’ is finally dropped. He had reinvented himself as Sathya Sai Baba, no less, who has read the text below and approved it! At the same time he is pretending he is Prema Sai Baba. Two for the price of one!

But watch out, it sounds as if this oracle boy aka Sathya Sai Baba/Prema Sai is desperate and is ready to destroy cities. (God will do anything to purify!). And don’t forget to give up newspapers… you’ve been warned! He obviously is not into catching bees with honey, but tries poison instead! The degree of cynicism and ill will behind his (fanciful and wholly unbelievable) warnings is stunning, quite apart from the megalomania which has overtaken him. One can certainly believe the exposure of him by a former ‘brother of his true nature as a remorseless self-interested ego.

Samastha Loka 126  8-3-18  God Turmoil
 This message has been read and approved by Sathya Sai Baba for distribution.
Sai Ram.The time has come. There is no more waiting. The Earth is moving into a higher vibration. Give up the old ways. Change your habits now. You and your body must be purer to survive the transition. The new world is wonderful but you have to work hard to be there. You must be of pure mind, pure heart and pure action. Shiva is manifesting more and more. He is demanding absolute obedience to the Laws that run the universe. Love everyone and everything unconditionally. Serve everyone as though they were Sathya Sai Baba or Shiva or Jesus or Buddha, etc. You have no choice. Take  charge of your life now.Baba can be a hard task master. He is demanding obedience and action now. The time of waiting has past. He has visited many people and have found that they are not ready to accept his vibration and the love he has to give. The world is going through a birthing transition process resulting in turmoil everywhere. This process will affect everyone with no exceptions. It could affect your eating, your sleeping, your reaction to others and many other ways. Inwardly and outwardly. Expect to be tested first gently and then harshly.You must surrender completely. Not even 99% is enough. It must be 100% all the time. It has been and will be a struggle but it must happen now. Work harder. As a spiritual being you have had some protection but it will not be enough for what is going to happen. Yes, you will be protected to degree. The effect might be lessen. However, you must surrender completely now for full protection.The world will go through many changes. earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, heat, cold and more. Any thing can happen to get rid of the negativity in almost everyplace on this planet. The more people change, the more seva your do, the more love you give, the more Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavantu you chant, the greater you will be protected and the events in the world will be helped.Family members may disappear, neighbors maybe gone. Cities may vanish, countries maybe torn asunder. Swami will do anything to purify this planet so that it becomes a light planet.
Many will not make it but those that are loving, pure serving, know that all is one, live from the heart and have surrendered completely will find themselves in an unbelievable world of beauty beyond description, of people who radiate their purity, of kindness, cooperation, happiness and more that are beyond words to describe.BUT you must act now, give up your habits that are holding you back such as television, listening to worldly music, newspapers, meat, alcohol, drugs and many more. Sai Baba is not asking for a one hour commitment or even 10 hours. It must be 24 hours in everything you do, think and feel. There is no more time. No tomorrow. You must act now.We know that some of my dear friends are not heeding this message and will not be moving forward. They have been warned as all of you have. It is your choice: remain in misery or absolute peace and love that defies description.
Be Happy   Always have Compassion
Sai Surya

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Malaysia dissolves Sai Baba centre due to oracle boy liason

Posted by robertpriddy on March 9, 2018

Malaysia dissolves a Sai Baba center due to “continued liaison with Muddenahalli group…a deviant group.”We learn that this center is only a mere 34 members, which is typical of sb groups. Nothing like ‘the entire world will come to me’ as predicted By Sathya Sai Baba.”

Shubha Ramesh Kumar 6 February ·
The Malaysian Sai Organization is turning to be the kind of leaders that we are all seeking at this time. They are doing the rightful thing by standing up for the truth and shunning an entire center for their allegiance to Mudenahalli by seeking its dissolution. Although some may see this as something sad, we must remember that Swami always said quality not quantity! This is what needs to be done in every center that goes against the principles of Bhagawan.
Please see the attached letter. Jai Sai Ram.

 

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Margitta Bonds: a delusional comment against the Sai exposé

Posted by robertpriddy on March 3, 2018

Comment on a wordpress blog of mine Sathya Sai Baba’s death and ‘mahasamadhi’
Margitta Bonds  facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/597004973979181x  mabonds25@gmail.com IP 87.157.233.96

“Mr. Pretty do you ever consider to think before you say something? How can you compare the picture of a human body,which is marked by severe illness, with that of the British Queen at her best – same age 84? Sathya Sai Baba sits in a wheel chair at the time of the pictures taken. Does your hate ever stop and do you have no other things to do? What has this spiritual teacher done to you, that you have to leave all your hateful comments and investigation on your web site , i wonder. At the time you visited Prashanti Nilayam with Joy Thomas, while taking His blessings, i think you thought differently. I think enough is enough, don’t you think so. I hope the Divine, whatever name you have given it, will guide you and bless you. Besides – the appearance one does show at age 84 is not the same, depending on life circumstances.”

My reply:
Your comment on my wordpress blog shows you evidently did not know much about Sai Baba, and doubtless do not want to know. You clearly know yet far less about my writings since you wonder what “this spiritual teacher” did to me. He deceived and broke faith with all of us, but it is what he did to so many others that I reacted against. Nonetheless you have asked me some questions which I am most pleased to answer.

I do not hate Sai Baba, but I definitely do disdain him in his countless deceits, breaks of trust, sexual abuses, murder involvement and much more. I learned of all these things to my shock and disappointment firstly from V.K. Narasimhan, then the Baileys and eventually from many other prominent follower who defected. I took up the dutiful task of speaking up for the helpless victims of his many different cynical uses and abuses of followers, for I had been instrumental in bringing many to Sai Baba through my book ’Source of the Dream’ and other writings in his journal and books. After I spoke out, I was through the years contacted by over a thousand ex-devotees who had experienced most awful things from Sai Baba and so I spent several hours daily up until a few years ago responding to them and putting the facts they wanted cleared up on-line. It was time well spent and I have been vindicated by the reports of those people and the way Sai Baba died ignominiously. I consider defending the weak and abused and warning vulnerable minds like yours not to be naive but investigate both sides before getting entrapped in the delusion and psychological problems nearly all devotees do sooner or later (though they keep quiet about their real problems and fears as many of their family members or friends know about.

As to comparing Baba’s old age with that of the Queen. He constantly gave assurances through decades that he was always in perfect health. For example, in Sanathana Sarathi of August 11, 2001 you can read his words “I do not suffer from any kind of disease because there is no trace of greed in Me. That is why I am always healthy.” Also he claimed “Purity, perseverance and patience. With these three you are bound to acquire good health and bliss…. the truth is that these three are responsible for my health (Arogya)” The Queen never boasted like that and I would surmise that it is exactly those three qualities he lacked, but the Queen has in abundance.

Since you got even my name so wrong, I suppose you are an inaccurate judge in other things. It would be best for you to go on believing in all the fraud, as to wise up could possibly destroy even any falsely based peace of mind you may feel and much worse has happened to many devotees just existing in an otherworldly false reality. At the time I knew Joy Thomas I was still unaware of the vast deception that Sai Baba and his corrupt cronies had built up. She, however, moved to Prashanthi Nilayam and found that once there she had one hell of a time, no longer a VIP, no one even to push her wheelchair, a room where noise of passers-by and much else was constant. When she fell ill, she went into the hospital, where she as denied blood transfusion by Dr. Singh and died there. Ray Thomas was stuck in the place and could not do anything to help her or get justice afterwards. He had to remain silent, or else…

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Prema Sai at Muddenahalli, former Sai student is half-enthroned there

Posted by robertpriddy on February 25, 2018

Apparently oracle boy is now officially declaring he is Prema Sai!
But he still does not dare sit on the throne chair!

Devotees still loyal to Sathya Sai Baba and Prashanthi Nilayam are demanding that anyone going to visit the ‘oracle boy’ at Muddenahalli should be absolutely banned from setting foot into Prasanthi Nilayam ashram; apparently someone put up a sign by the gate saying that but the ashram took the sign down and now these devotees are complaining that the sign was removed. No one seems to pay respect to the ‘Central Trust’, calling them spineless, cowards and more, even though they were appointed by the ‘poorna avatar‘ himself, and their faith is in tatters (if they really had any but saw through the smoke and mirrors). They don’t seem to be expressing love and tolerance taught by their guru!

Meanwhile, Madhusudan and the Muddenahalli scam has for a second year running committed the utmost of transparent fraud by coughing up a lingam at Shivarathri in copy of Sathya Sai. However it was Harry Houdini (1874-1926), who perfected the trick!
“An old Japanese gentleman… taught Harry how to swallow an ivory ball, show his mouth empty, then bring the ball back. Houdini practiced the regurgitation stunt with a small peeled potato on the end of a string. If the string didn’t permit the student swallower to retrieve the potato while he was developing the muscles in his throat, there was no danger. The potato would slide down into his stomach where it could be digested. A few weeks of practice and Harry could handle solid ivory balls almost as well as his instructor. Later the resourceful Houdini was to use the regurgitation technique to baffle committeemen who searched him for concealed tools during his handcuff act.” (Excerpt from Houdini: The Untold Story by Milbourne Christopher, London: Cassell, 1969, p. 23). This led to countless others including the famous Waldo performing this trick (see Wikipedia)

Terry Reis Kennedy commented that what he is trying to do is “bore us to death… then he can set up his kingdom at Parthi. All those who are asleep there might not even notice!” and , “this is the second year that he is putting on this show…” 

Another commentator put up a picture with deluded Isaac Tigrett asleep during the ceremony!

Erlendur Haraldsson and Sai Baba’s “materialisation” of golden lingams (YouTube)
Sathya Sai Baba Lingams and ‘regurgitation’

 

 
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Prashanthi Nilayam decline continues

Posted by robertpriddy on February 20, 2018

The ‘authorities’ at Prashanthi Nilayam have introduced a new rule, no mobile phones in the Kulwant Hall. Amusing that the use of them during bhajans etc. is so widespread, but not surprising. So the captive audience of students, staff and resident must sit out the 45 minutes daily without their mobiles. They should instead ‘connect with swami’, who – despite having claimed to be omnipresent for all time – is not on-line at all. So they will have to listen to the never-ending drone of the same bhajans and whatever boring programme is provided by the top staff (who have exempted themselves from the ban).
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh authorities are putting cash into developing a new road from Puttaparthi, which has become more and more of a ghost town compared to former days. The political efforts to make Puttaparthi into a pilgrim and tourist centre are getting nowhere fast, while Sathya Sai Baba is fast disappearing from new media and dwindling greatly on the Internet.

Yoga Sadhana Work Shop at north Indian Canteen   The Sai authorities evidently want to cash in on the popularity of hatha yoga variants throughout the world. Yoga workshops never happened in Sai Baba’s lifetime! He had said slighting things about that kind of physical yoga, such as that hanging from the ceiling like a bat would not lead towards realisation. Maybe they hope it is a way to draw more crowds?

See Puttaparthi ghost town blues
Blowing life briefly into Puttaparthi’s corpse?
Puttaparthi in further decline
Puttaparthi’s white elephant airport plea
Puttaparthi declines yet further – Tehelka.com

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Verdicts on Sathya Sai Baba by the non-Indian press

Posted by robertpriddy on February 12, 2018

Looking back to 2011 when Sathya Sai Baba died under such ignominious circumstances, we find some telling points which show a tiny bit of the failed reputation he left behind him outside the circle of enchanted believers, now mostly only those of Indian origin.

  

See also the obituary written by Gethin Chamberlain in The Telegraph (London 2011)

See also Indisputable facts abut Sathya Sai Baba reported by the BBC
https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2008/07/26/undisputsable-facts-about-sathya-sai-baba-by-bbc/

See The British Press on the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ film

 

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Erlendur Harldsson & Robert Priddy’s association over 2 decades

Posted by robertpriddy on January 23, 2018


CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN VIDEO
INCLUDING HARALDSSON’S ‘DOUBLE-RUDRAKSHA’ RING

NOTE: This video has been improved since first launched (an error arose).

Erlendur Haraldsson did very well out of his repeatedly re-issued book ‘Modern Miracles’ (former title ‘Miracles are my Visiting Cards’. He persisted in his standpoint that Sai Baba’s manifestation miracles were never exposed, even after the death in 2011, which means that the yet considerable believing public may keep buying his book. This he does without a jot of consideration for any of those who were defrauded massively by Sai Baba, or for the families of four followers who were murdered on his orders, and especially not for the countless victims of Sai Baba’s sexual abuses. He has avoided all damning and conclusive evidence that has emerged since 2000 and has avoided contacting the many educated and brave dissidents because he would have to realise how he clung to his hopes that Sai Baba was genuine and do a U-turn. For that he evidently has neither the wit, the decency nor the courage

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Puttaparthi’s Ratnakar to be re-investigated by High Court

Posted by robertpriddy on January 19, 2018

Reopen Ratnakar case: High court to police

The Hyderabad High Court has directed the additional director general of police, CID of AP, to re-investigate the case against Mr Ratnakar, trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, pending at the Puttaparthi police station.

Justice B. Siva Sankar Rao was allowing a petition by Mr M. Ganapathy Raju, nephew of the late Satya Sai Baba, challenging the inaction of the police in probing the case lodged against Mr Ratnakar in 2013. The court directed the CID chief to call for records from the local police, whether it was pending investigation or if any final report had been filed, and re-investigate the case including any part of investigation that might have been done.

Mr Ratnakar bore a grudge against him as he had exposed the alleged attempts of the trustee to hand over the airport at Puttaparthi, which belongs to the trust, to some private persons and lodging a case. He alleged that the local police had connived with Mr Ratnakar and not investigated the case. He claimed that the police had lodged a case against him under the SC, STs Prevention of Atrocities Act at the instance of Mr Ratnakar. He also alleged that Mr Ratnakar had created a fake mail ID in his name and sent mails to senior trustees claiming that he was demanding Rs 25 lakh.

Mr Raju moved another petition seeking to quash the case pending against him. The judge refused to quash the case and told the petitioner to raise all the grounds he agitated before this court during the trial before the lower court. Allowing Mr Raju’s petition for handing over the case against Mr Ratnakar to the CID, the judge noted that only a magistrate court or special judge concerned, where the investigation is pending, can ask for any further investigation but has no right to order re-investigation. Re-investigation can be ordered only by constitutional courts either by invoking Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code or Article 226 of the Constitution.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/190118/hyderabad-high-court-directs-ghmc-to-challenge-esis-claims.html

See also:-
Sai Trust: Ratnakar alleged violence and embezzlement May 9, 2013  It has long been known that Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew has a very bad personal reputation among many SB devotees, including much of Sai Baba’s family. The present news report tells its own story. The news broke on a Telugu news channel, where Sai Baba’s relative, Ganapati Raju, also said that it was Ratnakar’s bad luck […]

Sathya Sai Baba Anniversary News: R.J. Ratnakar accused of serious financial crime by a relative   April 24, 2012 Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew R J Ratnakar, who took over the key position in the multi´billion dollar Sai Central Trust., has been accused of embezzlement by one of the relatives of Sathya Sai Baba, Ganapathi Raju (also according to the Deccan Herald):- “Ganapathi Raju, one of the relatives of baba, on Sunday issued a press […]

Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster June 30, 2011  Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew Ratnakar’s bold statement that the Sai Trust was fully transparent is refuted by the very fact that the Trust has been issued an ultimatum to make their assets public inside 7th July, 2011, by the Andhra Pradesh government. This has not yet happened! The facts may have been fully transparent to […]

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Erlendur Haraldsson and Sai Baba’s “materialisation” of golden lingams – up-dated

Posted by robertpriddy on January 6, 2018

Parapsychologist Erlendur Haraldsson and  Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘lingam’ regurgitation
New video interview on YouTube exposing Haraldsson’s unprofessional naivety  

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Erlendur Haraldsson’s ‘ Modern Miracles’ on YouTube

Posted by robertpriddy on December 22, 2017

The first of a new series of YouTube video interviews about Professor Erlendur Haraldsson and his botched investigation and delusions about Sathya Sai Baba is now launched at https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&feature=vm&video_id=satM_Etc2fE with Eileen Weed and Robert Priddy, who knew and conferred with Haraldsson through decades until his blank refusal to contact or read up on any of the dissidents who spoke out about SB’s fraud and sexual abuses became just too intolerable. Those who prefer a definitive and exhaustive textual documentation, go to http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/30/index.html 

Meanwhile, best of the seasons’ greetings to all supporters of this blog!

Sincerely, Robert

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The last resident foreigners are deserting the empty and broken shell of Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on December 10, 2017

A Sai worshipper and very prominent resident foreigner in Puttaparthi, Terry Reis Kennedy, has posted a reply to a friend’s questions on her Facebook page about the problems that made her leave there.  After decades living in a pleasant little house in the village, she has left Puttaparthi, allegedly mainly because of the hate of the Muddenahalli gang who infiltrate Parthi constantly. Also, she is quite elderly and wants to spend time around her family in clean and convenient America.  She  used to write for the Deccan Chronicle to supplement her income, she was a ‘spiritual columnist’ praising Sai Baba with the usual eulogy and uncritical speculations. Recently she posted continually on her Facebook page about the fake Sai Baba imitator – the oracle boy ‘divine channel’ Madhu Sudan – at Muddenahalli with his unscrupulous gang of corrupt deceivers and worshippers. Here are some tidbits from her tale of woe:-

See how delusion persists in the face of the clearest possible evidence that Sai Baba was far from what he claims, neither all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent nor protecting all his devotees from the ills of the world. A small part of the proof of this is seen in that he died around a decade before he repeatedly had prophesied he would and after a long series of massive organ failures and weight loss until he weighed less than 30 kilos (the classic symptoms of advanced AIDS). See also:-

Sathya Sai Baba death certificate not legal – cover-up of cause of death

Sathya Sai’s coffin and evidence of trickery concerning his death date

Death of Sathya Sai Baba

Godman Satya SaiBaba made different predictions of his own death

Madhu Sudana the ‘oracle boy’ of Muddenahalli

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Puttaparthi ghost town blues

Posted by robertpriddy on December 4, 2017

It has long been reported repeatedly – and further detailed on this website recently, Puttaparthi is receding into relative oblivion since the disease-depleted corpse of Sathya Sai was buried, long before all his predictions of how he would live into his 90s. 

This fact of Puttaparti’s spiritual-economic demise is becoming more widely known in India from its own journalists, despite continuing attempts of the Prashanthi Nilayam gang to pretend and preach otherwise. The following article from Firstpost.com is an excellent example of this trend.

With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba’s demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle

by G.S. Radhakrishna Dec, 02 2017   from Firstpost.com

Even six years after the death of Sathya Sai Baba, hailed by his devotees as a living god or bhagwan, the once small arid hamlet of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district is still mourning. Maybe not so much over the demise of its local demi-god Sai baba, but more over the cascading negative impact of his death on the economy, trade, and loss of recognition and pride for Puttaparthi in the country. “Our town is just like Tirumala without Lord Balaji,” said a local hotelier Mahabaleswar Gupta of Puttaparthi.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who participated in the 92nd birthday celebrations of Sai baba at the Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi town on 23 November, dwelt on the need to resurrect the institutions – universities, water projects, hospitals, meditation centers – set up by Sathya Sai baba in India and overseas. He urged devotees to keep the “flame of universal brotherhood and service to humanity” propounded by the godman burning.

The death of a town

Following his death after a prolonged illness on 24 April, 2011, Puttaparthi has lost not only its spiritual charm and economic focus but also VVIP attention. The civil aviation ministry has cancelled all flights to Puttaparthi and shut down the Sri Sathya Sai Airport built for Sai baba by corporate L&T group in 1990. Only chartered flights of visiting VVIPs are allowed to land with special permission.

When Sai baba was alive, a regular flow of 25,000-30,000 foreign and several lakh Indian devotees came annually to the Sai baba ashram at Puttaparthi to pay homage to him. And, on his birthdays, special conferences and conventions were organised to highlight the event. However, the controversies after his death and the fight for control among the trust and family members has led to a reduced devotee flow. Not more than 3,000-4,000 foreigners and a few thousand Indians visit the ashram in a year now.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust comprising some close aides of Sai baba is now running activities at the ashram but the absence of political visits and media focus has led to neglect. Nowadays the Prashanti Nilayam and its guest houses have become service providers for political and corporate events, instead of housing devotees. When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to Anantapur district for his walkathon in July, 2015, he used the Prashanti Nilayam to meet local Congressmen and address the media. TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and YSRC (YSR Congress) party leaders also use the spacious guest houses built by Sai baba to host prime ministers, chief ministers and industrial giants.

Since 2011, construction activities and registration of assets have also fallen in Puttaparthi. From Rs 5.6 crore in the year ending March, 2011, it dropped to Rs 2.9 crore in 2012-13 and just Rs 42 lakhs in 2016, said the sub-registrar of properties at Bukkapatnam. Nearly 800 apartments are vacant and looking for buyers and some investors have also withdrawn from the flats they had given advance for at Puttaparthi.

Business takes a hit

Gone are the days when the outskirts of Puttaparthi town were dotted with huge colonies of campers in vans and buses, which filled up empty spaces on fields for miles. Though a gram panchayat with less than 10,000 population, the Andhra Pradesh government had upgraded it to a municipality in the 1970s and created a PUDA (Puttaparthi Urban Development Authority) in 1990 converting vacant lands 50 kilometres around the town to residential and commercial zones.

Now with Sai baba gone, most builders, contractors, traders and hoteliers wear a worried look because of the fall in number of visitors. Most of the over 300 Kashmiri traders in handicrafts and artifacts who had a bustling business then have now shifted to Bangalore and Chennai. “I waited for a year for some miracle to occur and bring back business, but nothing has happened and the rich and famous have almost stopped coming, business is fading,” said Mohammed Aslam Khan of Srinagar who has now set up shop at Bangalore’s Jayanagar.

Many locals fear that now only monkeys, donkeys and dogs will dominate the area. Some are hopeful that Puttaparthi will bounce back to life like Shirdi. “No one knew of Shirdi till Bollywood made films about it. Puttaparthi will flourish again, but that will take a long time. I wonder if we can wait that long,” said Gopala Krishna Iyer who runs a once-bustling eatery shop.

“We locals are used to such phases of inactivity as no devotees came when Saibaba was at Whitefield in Bangalore or at the Kodaikanal ashram. But now, we have a permanent off-season and sort of a ghost town in western movies without guests and devotees at Puttaparthi,” said Dinakar Rao, a local advocate who has shifted to Dharmavaram for practice.

In the absence of Sai baba, liquor shops, bars, meat shops and cinema halls have descended at Puttaparthi which did not exist during his lifetime. “Things have changed, but the Sai baba legacy and the activities of the Trust are still revered,” said RV Ratnakar, a Trust member and nephew of Sai baba (son of late RV Janakiram, brother of the ‘godman’).

Waiting for Sai baba

Sai baba’s devotees wait for his successor who, according to his prophecy, will arrive in the year 2030. According to official reports submitted to the Andhra Pradesh government after Sai baba’s death in 2011, the Trust has a fixed deposit of Rs 1,500 crore in banks and earns an annual interest of Rs 120 crore. It also received donations worth over Rs 60 crore a year. Though the Godman had institutionalised the Trust with trusted professionals like former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati, Supreme Court judges VR Krishna Iyer, V Balakrishna Eradi and retired Andhra Pradesh High Court judge YV Anjaneyulu, many of them have now distanced themselves from the organisation in view of the power struggle.

Interestingly and with foresight, Sai baba had stalled all attempts by relatives to corner the Trusts and the corpus. There were days when his brother Janakiram sat at the gates of the ashram and tried to interfere in the day-to-day affairs when Sai baba was sick. There are nearly 200 relatives in the extended family, who have opened restaurants, shopping malls, taxi services and become contractors in Puttaparthi, banking on his influence and cashing in on his recommendations. The only reason family was kept away from the Trust was the threat by the Andhra Pradesh government of a takeover in 2011 by invoking the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 if the power struggle continued. But for now, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle that will change its fortunes.

NOTE: The financial information above is long out-of-date as it refers to the situation just after SB’s death in 2011. This year there is a considerably reduced financial situation, as seen in their annual report:-


Page 10 of the document is a small mention of Income & Expenditures (with no other details); taking into account the donations vs expenses, it looks like they had to dig into their capital fund to the tune of nearly 3 crores to cover expenses.

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Blowing life briefly into Puttaparthi’s corpse?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 25, 2017

Among the various parties interested in the competition between various factions struggling to capitalise on the Sathya Sai Baba ‘reputation’, the following came from an independent person working in Puttaparthi. It is made credible by the article which appeared shortly afterwards in a news outlet entitled ‘Lifeless Puttparthi Comes Alive’ (see below).

“I had a chat with a long time Accountant in Puttaparthi and he was saying how a LOT of things have changed here: “many things have happened” since SB (sathya sai baba) was dead and buried. He said that the majority of people here aren’t devotees, though they don’t speak out. They pretend to be devoted for their own gain. He said the Trust has pretty much lost their power and SB’s family members are just like ghosts, not doing any work but just aimlessly wandering about. Even SB’s inheritor, his nephew Ratnakar, only has influence on a few in the town. He also said that a huge number of people are flocking to the “oracle boy” in Muddenahalli. A number of ashram workers have started to have faith in him and sb’s ashram will no longer let those people in the ashram gates. In fact anyone who is known to go to Muddenahalli will be “encouraged” not to come into Prasanthi Nilayam any more.”


Lifeless Puttaparthi comes alive  THE HANS INDIA | Nov 24,2017

Puttaparthi (Anantapur): The otherwise lifeless Puttaparthi town sans the physical absence of Sathya Sai Baba is now teeming with life, thanks to the week-long birth anniversary celebrations of the Sai Baba. Traders and business houses, who made the town their abode for several decades are languishing in a sense of resignation as the devotees have a feeling that the soul of Puttaparthi is missing.

We always thought that Baba is eternal, and he would live for ever. His sudden sickness and admission in the hospital had woken us up to the reality that Baba after all is in flesh and blood and that death was inevitable, he stated. Many traders are bemoaning that once the celebrations come to an end and devotees return to their native places, once again the town gets reduced to a desolate town.

Devotees say that this was not the case when Baba lived and was a resident in Prashanthi Nilayam. Every day was like a birthday of Baba as the town was flooded with devotees, who used to descend from the world over. Hundreds of foreign devotees were residents of the town. They had purchased Villas and flats and lived for months right under the nose of the Baba. After the soul of Baba departed from the town, Real estate crashed to an all-time low and tens of villas and flats were sold at throw away prices.

Vijay Kumar, owner of Krishna Bhavan told The Hans India that his hotel was running with 12 servers once but now it is running with only four servers. This explains the downslide in business and decline in flow of tourists and devotees. He moaned that traders are today unable to pay taxes due to crash in business fortunes.

Mohan, a police constable echoed the same sentiment like others that there is hardly a traffic regulation problem as the VIP visits have become rare. In the past, traffic regulation was a big challenge and when Baba was alive traffic diversion was the order of the day. However, for many devotees who are kindling old memories, the ghost of Baba is still haunting them and keeping alive fond memories of the past.

By Ravi P Benjamin

I rather liked the idea “the ghost of Baba is still haunting them” which is rather apt, though literally just as absurd as the believers in the Muddenahalli faction who believe it much more literally. For them, Madhusudan (a former student and consort of Sathya Sai) is inhabited by the subtle body of Sathya Sai, which speaks through him, gives darshans and discourses keeping within the mythological and speculative otherworldly ‘teaching’ of old. His disparagers refer to him as the ‘oracle boy’, while his followers actually call him Swami and regard him as a virtual automaton brought to life by the imagined ever-present avatar who is fulfilling his promise to die when he is 94! Search the term Muddenahalli on this blog to learn all about it!

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Sathya Sai Baba birthday anniversary 23/11/2017

Posted by robertpriddy on November 22, 2017

Sathya Sai Baba was almost certainly not born on November 23, 1926, which falsity has been spread throughout his life. Regardless of the only documentary evidence about his age, the authorities of Prashanthi Nilayam are now celebrating the anniversary of his false date of birth! See documentation:http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/7/SchoolRecord.htm

An article in the Deccan Herald by E.S.L. Narasimhan – politician and governor of Andhra Pradesh, we read:  “If atomic knowledge is what a man pursues as his ultimate-goal, beyond his most subtle instincts, then the Vedas are the bedrock of this Atma Vidya and thus man’s best and most reliable ally. (E.S.L. Narasimhan -politician and governor of Andhra Pradesh)
That the Vedas has a shred of what we know today as “‘atomic knowledge” so this self-important dilettante with no academic or scientific qualifications is simply trying to increase tourism to Puttaparthi in which Andhra Pradesh has invested a lot in this since Sai Baba ceased to live.

This man is no relation of the erudite and famous journalist and editor V.K. Narasimhan who I knew very well indeed and who was very close to Sai Baba for about two decades. He wrote on. “The two-day event is witnessing mass recitation of Vedas by over 15,000 disciples of Sathya Sai Baba, among which 600 are those participating from 42 countries as a part of his 92nd birth anniversary.” (see http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/10/AY.htm)
(Comment) 15,000 devotees for birthday sounds very small indeed compared to previous years when the fake ‘avatar’ was alive; but even sounds smaller when we consider that numbers are usually inflated by the powers-that-be! The 70th birthday was said to have had 3 million visitors but this was denied by the ashram engineer, Mr. Ashoka, who made clear that the total capacity of the Hillview Stadium was not more than 250,000. It was packed on the birthday, while most of the remainder of the ashram complex was almost deserted!

See http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/16/numbersgame.htm

He continued: “Leading scientists from India and abroad who have done extensive research on Vedas are participating in this program as speakers. The relevance of the Vedas in modern times, within and outside of India and  Vedic science on agriculture & environment: a remedy to overcome food shortage was also discussed. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan was the chief guest for the inaugural session and he exhorted everyone to understand the ultimate goal, that being liberation. “One has to respect different paths and faiths and recognise them as valid as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity,” said the Governor quoting Bhagawan, and urged the people to work towards the greater need of the day, Unity.”
(Comment) Which truly leading scientist would bother to study the Vedas, none are named and therefore that they are ‘leading’ in any field must be highly doubtful.  Of course, Indian scientists can often be pro forma believers in all the supposed greatness of the primitive religious speculation, prescriptions and obeisances in the Vedas. So the rest is an attempt to make the vedas seem somewhat relevant to science (which was not developed until  long after the Vedas were written and then in Greece, not India).

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