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Introducing the Latest ‘Subtle Sai’ – Achintya Amma!

Posted by eileenweed on October 6, 2021

The latest devotee who claims Sathya Sai Baba is speaking through her – a pretender of a pretender! – is another former student of his college – but this time, it’s a woman! This lady, Achintya (which means “beyond comprehension”) Amma, claims to be getting messages direct from her dead pedophile guru.

She graduated from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Anantapur and lives in Bangalore with her husband Mr. Siva Prasad, a graduate of the sai college in Puttaparthi, as detailed in a Facebook post on ‘Sai Bliss’.

A somewhat blurry and jumpy video posted online shows Achintya Amma garlanded by devotees and given ‘pada puja,’ worship of her feet, which she seems very delighted indeed, to receive.

Achintya Amma joins a crowded field of already over a dozen ‘Prema Sais’ (supposedly the third and final sai incarnation-to-come) and many more imitators of sai baba, which has proven to be a very lucrative get-rich-quick scheme for the industrious people who, like the original sathya sai baba, were corrupt enough not to have a conscience.

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Unity in Sathya Sai Baba’s Organisation: a Far Cry

Posted by eileenweed on August 1, 2021

Still more drama in the civil/cold war of the Sai Organisation. Read the in-depth report of Chris Dokter here:

https://chrisdokter.wordpress.com/2021/07/31/unity-in-sathya-sai-babas-organisation-a-far-cry/

One week ago, on a particularly rainy day in Prasanthi Nilayam, the Central Trust triumphantly declared the official inception of its so-called Sai Global Council. It came as no surprise (Peace Attempt within The Sathya Sai Organisation miserably failed, Ugly Turf War between Central Trust and International Organisation) the Central Trust pushed on and launched its unifying body on Guru Poornima Day, July 24, in front of a paucity of attendees, many wearing masks to protect them from COVID-19 infection…

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Peace Attempt within the Sathya Sai Organisation Miserably Failed!

Posted by eileenweed on July 8, 2021

Please see the latest dramatic turf-fight developments between the massive power-hungry Sathya Sai organisations!

Peace Attempt within The Sathya Sai Organisation miserably failed
By Chris Dokter

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As I predicted at the end of my latest blogpost, Ugly Turf War between Central Trust and International Organisation, the sworn peace between Sathya Sai Baba’s Central Trust, managed by the deceased guru’s nephew Rathnakar, and the Sathya Sai International branch (SSSIO), headed by Narendranath Reddy, was of short duration. It was in fact no peace at all, more a shortlived truce, as can be gleaned from below correspondence.

No love lost between Rathnakar and Reddy as International Organisation retracts its statement of intent to join the Global Council

This statement can be found on the main site of the SSSIO since little over a week (end of June):

The Stumbling Block? An irate letter by Rathnakar sent to Reddy on June 26 certainly did not help

As can be read below, the joint declaration of intent to join the Global Council, dated June 1, (see below and also in my earlier blog post), was to be finalised by a mutual, signed agreement on two conditions:

  1. No disruption in structure and function of the SSSIO
  2. Mutual acceptance of a so-called TOR, a document pertaining to Terms of Reference
  • The Joint Statement in question, still present on the site of the Central Trust

According to the SSSIO, and the CT does not deny this, these terms were agreed upon in the cordial Zoom meeting on May 30, and put into writing following the joint statement. Then discussion, phone calls, mails with TORs et cetera were exchanged in order to reach a final agreement. Every semblance of concord ended when Rathnakar sent the following mail message to dr. Reddy on June 26, in reply to a mail by Reddy that I wasn’t able to retrieve. Note the tone and the frequent use of exclamation marks:

Rathnakars Letter

YOUR OWN ACTIONS SHAPE YOUR DESTINY”
– BABA –
26 /06/2021
Dr. Narendranath Reddy,
Saíram.

Received your mail rejecting the very main clauses of the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council. It is important to mention that you are aware of these clauses right from 16th November 2020, day on which the concept note was circulated to you and Mr. Nimish Pandya. You are also aware that this Unifying initiative, SSSGC, was announced on the most auspicious occasion of Bhagawan’s 95th birthday celebrations.
Inspite of receiving uncivil and irrational letters from office bearers of SSSIO accusing SSSCT Trustees and several zoom calls you and your team conducted where vicious and venomous attacks were made, we from SSSCT confined only to giving clarifications to your accusations and tried to appeal to devotees in various centres across countries. We readily came forward for an online zoom meeting accepting your requests on 30th May 2021, putting aside all the innuendos that were made on SSSCT and personal attacks your team heaped on us.

Please understand that we are in the organisations bearing the divine name of “Sri Sathya Sai” where there is neither place for ego nor for self aggrandizement. This is a beautiful organisation created by the loving lord for the sake of devotees and to uplift the entire mankind. This is not our personal organisation where we can bring in our personal agendas and idiosyncrasies. There should not be any clamor for power and positions and endless greed to hold on to our chairs. The main purpose for which we come to the Lotus feet of Sai or join the Sai Organisation is to lose our identity into Him but not to create an identity for ourselves and revel in it.

Painstakingly we have clarified all your concerns and reiterated the position of SSSCT that SSSGC is a Unifying, Coordinating and Supervising body which will not interfere with the structure and functioning of SSSIO and SSSSO. How can we make it a mere superficial body as you are expecting? Please be assured that SSSCT did not initiate SSSGC either to disturb any organisation or to undermine any one of you. If you and your team have any prejudices, preconceived notions, mistrust and wrong opinions about individuals, then you need to deal with such perceptions yourselves, as they are concerned with individual personalities. They cannot be rubbed onto the institutions. Unfortunately you seem to place personal interests above the interests of these sacred and noble institutions started by the Avatar Himself!

In all our exchanges in several meetings, calls and emails, we could not find any logical reason in your unwillingness to accept SSSGC, except your often repeated excuse of ‘divine command’ as published by Dr. Michael Goldstein, in Sanathana Sarathi, 2006. Also, at times you made us feel that SSSIO was only trying to forestall SSSCT actions and was indulging in procrastination. Maybe you are being misguided by Ganguly , Sadanand and the likes!

Our intentions and actions determine the future, and not mere words. You bring up issues like jurisdictions, independence, etc. I wonder whether we understand and appreciate the good fortune of being in such a noble, Divine Sai mission? Swami always emphasised on “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and that is exactly the fundamental basis of SSSGC.

What jurisdiction can we give to Bhagawan? The whole universe is His jurisdiction!! All organisations bearing His name cannot and should not be divided in the name of jurisdiction. It goes against the very principles that Swami enunciated throughout His Avatarhood!

I feel sad to recollect that in one of your letters, you have mentioned “… removing, or replacing the jurisdictional duties of appointments and reporting of officers, means taking away one of the primal functions of the SSSIO…” The primal function of any Sri Sathya Sai organisation anywhere in the world should be following Bhagawan’s spiritual teachings, participating in community service activities, spreading love and bringing peace and harmony to the society! What have we made of these divine organisations? No point talking about ideals to others, ignoring them ourselves as though they don’t apply to us. You and the team flaunt authority and accuse us of being autocratic and authoritarian!!

We fail to understand the circumstances in which you are in, due to which you are being indecisive. Maybe your team members who attacked SSSGC and SSSCT under your direction must be questioning your joining SSSGC! It was you and SSSIO which sought our meeting after about five months of animosity. We readily agreed and came forward for the sake of brotherhood and it was once again you who was in a hurry to release the Joint Statement and first to release the joint statement to Sai devotees worldover! You have also registered the entire SSSIO, including all the nations and centres en bloc on the SSSGC portal. Now you and the team are backtracking ! Inspite of the clarification and comfort, I and Sri Nimish Pandya gave you during the discussions, you are going back on your word, citing your team members unwillingness!! Only Swami can help to deal with this instability in thinking. I do not know how you will face the devotees? How embarrassed your national council presidents would be to go to centers and face devotees?!

Dr Narendranath Reddy, we have given our 100% and made all possible efforts sincerely to assure you and your team. It is clear to us that you understand our intent, but you appear to be not understanding. Being a reputed and respected organisation, SSSCT is not in a position to be part of any discussion wherein you are unable to come up with any clarity and we are unable to make any headway!! The responsibility of convincing the SSSIO team is entirely yours as we are not involved in that. Please do not blame SSSCT and Trustees or any one for that matter, for your wish to stay away from SSSGC and Prasanthi Nilayam!

Let me affirm that we gave our best to unite SSSIO with Prasanthi Nilayam but SSSIO did not come forward. Top leaders should have clear thinking and cannot be dilly dallying. Without clarity, leaders lose credibility. We have no right to take devotees for granted and think that the centers and devotees will follow us just because we have some positions in the organizations. Expecting devotees to swing to our tunes is not good. Swami will be deeply hurt when we cause confusion amongst devotees. Also, every office bearer should be here only for Swami and not for any of us. If they think they are for “leaders”, they don’t deserve to be part of the noble mission.

You need to appreciate our position that we will be moving forward on the SSSGC. We from SSSCT are committed to the SSSGC and that commitment is made to Bhagawan. We will abide by it. As far as SSSGC is concerned, all Sai organisations are already part of it. We will soon be communicating with all the countries and centers.

We, along with all those Sai children who joined Prasanthi Nilayam, will be making the offering of SSSGC at the Lotus Feet on Gurupoornima, 24th July 2021.

The doors of SSSGC will always be open for you and your team in future, but it will be without any dialogue, mails or calls and will be unconditional. Let me also affirm that SSSCT has initiated SSSGC as it is Bhagawan’s own directive and a safeguard for the future.

I am enclosing Bhagawan’s discourse clips for ready reference.

In Sai Service

R J Rathnakar

First Impressions

Strong stuff, to be sure, this letter by Managing Trustee Rathnakar. Worthy of his reputation as ‘the Don’ of Prasanthi Nilayam, some might think. Safe to say it is richly laden with serious, acerbic accusations towards Dr. Reddy, not unlike before but even more angrily phrased (not here for Swami, self-aggrandizing, unwilling, indecisive, egotistic, seeking personal interest, muddled thinker, flaunting authority). The only difference now is in the threat, or promise if you will, at the very end, where Rathnakar basically says: you shut up now, you and the SSSIO. We (i.e. the Central Trust) will be moving forward unilaterally. You can either sign at the dotted line or stew (… doors always open, but it will be without any dialogue, mails or calls and will be unconditional). On the other hand, I find it quite understandable that some devotees, especially from India (but not all), mainly found active on Facebook, agree with Rathnakar, as he and his trust members seem to make some valid points, not only in this ´tough-love´ letter but also in their Zoom calls I presented earlier. Was Reddy, in cohoots with his Prasanthi Council members Gutter and Harvey, stubbornly and stupidly stonewalling and sandbagging a perfectly sound idea to bring unity where it was lacking??

To further try and split the foreign countries up, this rather sweet-voiced message was put online by the CT after the decision of the SSSIO to remain independent after all was made public.

Reddy’s Convincing Rebuttal

As the initial statement at the top of this page by the SSSIO in response to this onesided step by the CT already makes clear, the SSSIO was quick to react. The SSSIO is NOT part of the Global Council, it firmly stated. In a new declaration of independence the International Organisation sums up 107 countries who jointly agree with this remarkable turn of events, and stick to the SSSIO. The above call to join the SSSGC by the CT evidently did not amount to much. The reason might well be a lengthy Teams-session posted online July 4 on the SSSIO website, showing Reddy, Gutter and Harvey, the leaders of the International Organisation, moderated by Malaysian SSSIO executive Dr. Suresh Govind, in a strong and enlightening rebuttal of the allegations flung at them by the Central Trust. The screenshot is telling as to the scope of subjects discussed by this panel of VIP-devotees and office bearers with a joint total of near 110 years of close, personal contact and experience with Sathya Sai Baba during the master’s lifetime, and another 30 in office after his demise.

  • Screenshot with contents of the video conference

Some decisive statements that caught my eye and ear: The CT was developed solely for the management of the ashram, schools, hospitals and institutions. It was never intended to have any purview outside India. Another one: The history of the SSSIO harks back decades, and was, by the master himself, in near-constant deliberations with Goldstein, but especially Reddy, often in the presence of Harvey and Gutter, put into place as is around 2004, a wholly independent body to ´spread the word´, not for 50 or 100 years but forever. Like the disciples of Jesus, men like Reddy were to see themselves as apostles in expanding the flock. Also, all the necessary laws and by-laws were drafted and after discussing them with Sai Baba approved by Sai Baba himself, both verbally and in writing (!), including a democratic process of replacing office bearers, up to the highest level. This process went on until Sai Baba’s death. So, to men like Reddy this was divine command, and still is. To come in between swami and his devotees, creating a divide between swami and Prashanti Nilayam for foreign devotees is unacceptable as it is the home for every devotee even before any organisation existed. To set conditions, as the MT does, is adharmic. So Reddy emphatically states: Do you want to follow Bhagawan’s teaching or the instruction of the MT? And at 1:10:37: The Global Council is manmade, the SSSIO and its guidelines were godmade and meant for all times. Gutter elaborates: They erased with the left hand what they have promised and written with the right hand. A salient detail in the video is Chakravarthi’s statement dating back to 2013, where he unequivocally affirms international matters are far beyond the scope or mandate of the CT, as it only has a domestic role (see below video from 1:14:30 onwards). By now however, Chakravarthi is an important member of the CT and appointed Global Council chair, and seems to embrace the totally opposite  view. Up til 2015 the independent position of the Prasanthi Council and the International Organisation was not seriously contested. The organisatation’s organogram clearly showed that. See here:

The Sathya Sai Organisation up til 2015, with an independent international and national branch

Reddy went on: We only surrender to Swami, not to the Managing Trustee. Gutter specifically addressed the dispute regarding the differences in the two TORs. He says, in reference to Rathnakar’s letter, that he/the CT insisted on adding a supervisory role and the right to appoint office bearers at every level by the CT within the SSSIO. This is not in accordance with the procedure swami bestowed upon the SSSIO. It violates Bhagawan’s direct instructions. Another hot topic: Are the Prasanthi Council members powerhungry and do they want to cling to their seats? is rebuffed with valid arguments (Many came and went, even after swami’s demise. We have a democratic process for that). In a small but strong intersection, Harvey describes the announcement of the Global Council as a Trojan horse. In conclusion Reddy soothingly said: All is well. No one needs to worry. Even if they want to make us second rate visitors to Prasanthi Nilayam, it is of no consequence. The bond between swami and his devotees does not depend on that. It is eternal and of the heart.

I recommend all who doubt or are simply curious as to what has transpired to watch the whole video:https://www.youtube.com/embed/yEC7FNwIySo?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparentThe interesting and illuminating exposé of the history of the SSSIO and its deeprooted connection to Sai Baba himself

Last Remarks

“You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1813)

Now I personally am no devotee, and have no vested interest in a smooth, unaltered, unified Satyha Sai Baba Organisation remaining in place in whatever shape or form, as I do not share the sole premise these esteemed gentlemen from both sides of the isle DO share, a rocksolid belief in the divineness of their master. Still, it is of interest to see the very thing happen in this organisation that so many starting and even matured religions suffer or suffered from: fractioning, in-fighting, each faction surer than the other to know the will (?) of the (long) gone master. That being said, my sympathy is with the SSSIO, though their Zonal Leaders in my time were one of the reasons to step from the podium (they could be every bit as hideous as Rathnakar and co). I find the SSSIO´s version of events and their firm insistence on independence simply more humane and convincing. But then, is that not due to the mere fact that I am a westerner? Let’s not forget the Indian independent organisation (SSSSO) went along with Rathnakar in a jiffy… Then again, maybe it has something to do with very real, lasting differences between (the traditional religious part of) India and the rest of the world? Different mores and such? Anyhow, for now, the rift is near total.

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Will the Puttaparthi Airport be Risen from the Dead?

Posted by eileenweed on July 6, 2021

The 10th anniversary of the death of Sathya Sai Baba came and went in April 2021, but there is no sign of him nor his town raising from the dead. Every few months, articles appear about plans to make Puttaparthi a grand tourist centre, but nothing much has happened so far. Tourists are not flocking to Puttaparthi as the believing devotees hoped.

Another article has just appeared proclaiming that the “badly neglected” Puttaparthi airport will be “abuzz again”. Will it? Will it really? We are not holding our breath. Should you?

Another article brings up the subject of the attempted sale of the airport in 2012, stating:

“In 2012, the government of the then united Andhra Pradesh, headed by N Kiran Kumar Reddy, had sought to take over the airstrip and turn it into an airport for commercial operations. But, the move did not make headway because of the political situation then.”

https://in.news.yahoo.com/andhra-govt-renews-bid-over-151619621.html

Puttaparthi Airport to be abuzz again


DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DC CORRESPONDENT
Published Jul 6, 2021, 12:02 am IST UpdatedJul 6, 2021, 12:12 am IST

ANANTAPUR: The Puttaparthi Airport would soon get a facelift and begin commercial operations, said industries minister Mekapathi Gowtham Reddy. He said the government was firm on developing Anantapur district as a hub of biotech parks following available feasibility.

The Puttaparthi airport was defunct and confined only to rear visits of VVIPs through chartered flights for many years and the airport had no night landing facility and has been badly neglected after the demise of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

In view of long-pending proposals to develop the airport for commercial use, the minister had a meeting with the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust authorities at Santhi Bhavan in Prasanthi Nilayam in the district on Monday. Trustee R. J. Rathnakar, R&B minister Shankar Narayana, MP Gorantla Madhav and MLA Sridhar Reddy were present at the meeting.

Gowtham Reddy told the media that the defunct airport would get operational soon after making necessary changes and developments. The government wanted to speed up the process including land acquisition towards expansion of the airport to provide a terminal for at least 100 passengers. The Puttaparthi airport was inaugurated on November 24, 1990 to serve the super speciality hospital for emergency situations. The 1000-metre-long airstrip was constructed by L&T ECC. It was later extended to enable the operation of jet aircraft. Though there were proposals to expand the airport to provide cargo services, no steps were initiated due to complications in the land acquisition process.

The airport, however, would be operational with commercial aircrafts in six months, sources said.

The minister also announced plans to complete MSM Park in Puttaparthi area in 104 acres. The minister also visited the biotech industry at Kodur village in Chilamathur mandal.

“The government will establish an IT concept city in Anantapur among the three sanctioned in the state. A skill development centre would be established for unemployed youths,” the minister said.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/050721/puttaparthi-airport-to-be-abuzz-again.html

 Industries minister Mekapathi Gowtham Reddy. (Photo: Facebook @MekapatiGoutham)

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Ugly Turf War between Central Trust and International Organisation

Posted by eileenweed on June 9, 2021

Without prior notification the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT) announced the erection of a new legal entity, a Global Council, in November 2020 – about a week before the late guru’s 95th birthday. Whereas the Indian based Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (SSSSO), headed by Sri Nimish Pandya, apparently went along with the ‘proposal’ within six hours, the hitherto independent International Organisation (SSSIO), with its headquarters in the United States, did not. On the contrary: they vehemently opposed.

See the full dramatic story on Chris Dokter’s new blog!

https://chrisdokter.wordpress.com/2021/06/09/ugly-turf-war-between-central-trust-and-international-organisation/

Ugly Turf War between Central Trust and International Organisation

by chrisdokter

Without prior notification the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT) announced the erection of a new legal entity, a Global Council, November last, about a week before the late guru’s 95th birthday. Whereas the Indian based Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (SSSSO), headed by Sri Nimish Pandya, apparently went along with the ‘proposal’ within six hours, the hitherto independent International Organisation (SSSIO), with its headquarters in the United States, did not. On the contrary: they vehemently opposed. Over a period of roughly half a year the conflict obviously got so out of hand that at least 2 members of the Central Trust, Sri Rathnakar, the (in)famous nephew of Sai Baba (see for instance this incisive post) and Managing Trustee, and Sri Naganand, an experienced lawyer, felt the need to publicly step in.

Present members of the SSS Central Trust, June 2021

‘Blinkered egotists’

In a series of Zoom meetings over the course of May with concerned and confused international office bearers from all around the world, 3 of which at this moment still to be found online (see Conversation with SSSIO Singapore Office Bearers | Sri SS Naganand, Trustee, SSSCT | May 2021Sri Sathya Sai Global Council – A candid conversation between Sri Rathnakar and American Sri Sathya Sai alumni and Sri Rathnakar’s Zoom call with devotees from South Africa on Sri Sathya Sai Global Council), they basically denounced the hightest office bearers of the International Organisation, dr. Narendranath Reddy and dr. Leonardo Gutter, as blinkered, misinformed, uncommunitative, lying and self-aggrandizing egotists. Harsh words indeed for representatives of the late guru, who always professed to others to ‘speak the truth, speak only that which is pleasant, don’t speak the truth even if it is unpleasant or merely to please someone else’ and above all: Hurt never and do not criticize.

‘Power grabbing, money grabbing’

On the other hand, the accusations made by the International Oganisation’s leaders regarding this initiative by The Central Trust were so serious they could not be ignored nor concealed, as they were part and parcel of the social domain. Reddy and Gutter basically accused the Trust of power grabbing, money grabbing and withholding Covid aid to countries outside India. These accusations were apparently widely shared with central committees and centres all across the globe, in letters, mails and online meetings. The remnant of a letter dated April 13 2021 by Narendra Reddy can be seen in below screenshot (it has recently been taken offline):

The full version can be read here. It was saved by several sources before it disappeared. A similar message, on video, by Leonardo Gutter was preserved also and can be seen here:

As most official letters, mails and internet meetings are by now largely hidden from the general public, what exactly transpired during the last 7 months is difficult to fathom. The Central Trust’s version of events is quite clearcut, in that they view the Global Council as a necessary new overarching body, with Prasanthi Nilayam as the central hub. They accuse the leaders of the International Organisation of letting the topic of ‘the Muddenahalli gang’ slide, and put them in place also regarding the amount of money that was donated to the CT by the IO over the last decade, it being a miserly 2 million dollars, the same amount the Central Trust allegedly pays every month in expenses, if we are to believe Rathnakar.

Miracle Reconciliation

Because the turf war was allegedly all of a sudden over after one, ‘cordial’ Zoom meeting on May 30, clearly decided in favour of the Central Trust, and thus in favour of the Global Council, every previous letter and public announcement by the International Organisation has all but vanished. The following amazing joint statement by SSSCT, SSSSO and SSSIO went out across the planet immediately after, as if all the discord and burning of bridges had never happened:

All lovey-dovey again in the Sai Universe?

One wonders what will become of the International Organisation after Guru Poornima Day (July 24) this year, when the Global Council will be put into actual fact. And one cannot but wonder what will happen to brave men like mr. Gutter, who spoke out in favour of an independent organisation outside India and against the vanity of a Central Trust that once was the sole domain of only the late guru himself. Will this newly found comradery last?

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Volunteers Needed for IT Department in Prasanthi Nilayam Media Center

Posted by eileenweed on June 7, 2021

Are you an IT professional? Would you like to give up an average salary of Rs 7.5 lakh a year (about $10,500) in India (or average about $100,000 or Rs 73 lakh rupees in America) and work for NOTHING? Then the ashram of Prasanthi Nilayam would like to take advantage of your services!

In exchange for long hours of work with no benefits and no pay, you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the ashram of the now-dead pedophile narcissist self-proclaimed ‘god’, and encouraging Central Trust and other ashram VIPs to syphon off even more funds from donations, which will NOT be given to you.

Don’t worry about competition because the ashram requires VolunteerS, that means plural and multiple people will be accepted! Because they are always desperate for free slave labor!

This is further proof of the ashram’s financial losses over the last few years, as reported in our previous blog – no god has come to rescue them!

Click HERE to see the Original Post on Facebook

Application to Apply is HERE!

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Ashram Suffers Devastating Financial Losses

Posted by eileenweed on May 1, 2021

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Prasanthi Nilayam ashram has suffered severe financial loses in the last year and a half, and much of it may be due to the covid pandemic and the subsequent lack of tourism money – including foreigners not visiting.

A local resident and employee inside the ashram who wishes to remain anonymous, has revealed he has seen many workers fired in the last year and a half. The few paid employees who remain, have had their salaries cut by at least half. Even those overseeing maintenance activities within the ashram have seen their salaries drop from an anyways pathetic Rs 9,000 a month ($121) down to Rs 4,000 ($54).

When employees beg for a living wage, Ashram higher-ups plead inability to do so, saying that due to a Rupees 4 Crore loss in the last year ($540,000), they are unable to pay bills, and need to cut corners extensively – including firing many employees and ignoring maintenance within the ashram, leaving the buildings to crumble and leaky faucets to puddle water.

Of course, the public will not know about these financial difficulties because the ashram continues to look splendid during festivals, making use of free service (seva) volunteers and recycled decorations.

The number of paid employees within the ashram has typically been low and the pay extremely insufficient and less than many other areas in India, due to the many ‘Seva Dal’ volunteers who come on a regular basis. These devotees come for typically two weeks at a time to devote 16-hour working days for free. In fact, each State and District in India who have Sathya Sai centres, are pressured into recruiting these volunteers on a regular basis. Sending less than the required quota of ‘slaves’ is NOT an option!

The ashram also continues to skillfully edit official videos to cut out angles that show just how empty the Hall is, such as the rare photo below, revealing a mostly empty gent’s side during the recent 10th Death Anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba on 24 April 2021.

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India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by eileenweed on March 27, 2021

This is an excellent article explaining how Sathya Sai Baba was repeatedly exposed as a fraud, but was never held responsible for his crimes due to political clout. The author Sanal Edamaruku even wrote to the then-President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam in 2005, asking if “saffron clothes make an offender untouchable for the law”. His letter was unanswered.

India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba

Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku on the final debunking of a guru

By Sanal Edamaruku
WEDNESDAY, 27TH APRIL 2011

When Sathya Sai Baba died on 24 April 2011 at the age of 85 years, he proved once again that miracles and predictions fail. He had predicted at a public gathering at his head quarters in Puttaparthy, in 2000, and repeatedly many times, that he would die at the age of 96 only. And till the last moment, many of his devotees clung to his word and waited for a miracle. May it be an eye opener for the millions of gullible people whom he misguided and deluded. Sathya Sai Baba

De mortuis nihil nisi bene, they say: say nothing but good of the dead. But I think Sathya Sai Baba’s case qualifies for an exception. Too great is the damage that he did to India. His devastating influence on reason and scientific temper caused huge setback to the country. At a time when scientific progress led to great social and economic leaps, and scientific awakening started spreading all over India, Sathya Sai Baba launched a “counter revolution” of superstition, supported by irresponsible politicians and other public figures who should have known better. In my judgment, this is his greatest crime. I succeeded again and again in exposing him publicly as a fraud, as did some other rationalists. But due to his political protectors he was never held responsible for his crimes against public reason. Nor was he ever booked for any other crime he was accused of. Numerous cases of alleged sexual abuse and murder are yet to be investigated, not to mention the financial secrets of his empire.

Sathya Sai Baba insisted in all seriousness that he was god, the creator of the universe, and “proved” his divinity with a couple of small “miracles”. As son of a village tantric he was familiar with the hand sleights and tricks of the trade. However, he did not only fascinate poor and uneducated villagers with his fraudulent performances. Over the years, he managed to attract a galaxy of India’s rich and powerful, among them ministers, prime ministers, presidents, chief justices, top industrialists and superstars.

Sathya Sai Baba had a special modus operandi that was the key for his astonishing success and the root of his enormous clout. Many of his high society devotees came to serve their own vested interests. Some came to rub shoulders with the prominent. Many joined the club because it was working as a powerful syndicate spreading its tentacles all over the political system. It was a way to the top jobs and a way to get things done. Others were seeking financial support or wanted to get rid of ill-gotten black money: the empire, it is alleged, was based on money laundering, using foreign devotees and branches. In fact, the huge foreign donations to Sai Baba stood in contrast to the comparatively modest number of active foreign devotees and the sometimes quite weak foreign branches, some of them residing in private homes. That is no great surprise, when one considers that Sai Baba did not speak any other language than Telugu and traveled only once in his whole life abroad – to visit his friend Idi Amin in Uganda.

On his 80th birthday, Sai Baba’s supporters announced that he would turn from a miracle man to a philanthropist. That was after I had demonstrated his miracles so often on TV shows that many kids in the streets could imitate them. That he then spent a part of the great fortunes, swindled out of the gullible, for social development around his ancestral village, is highlighted now to present him as a saint. But, useful and welcome as hospitals, schools and drinking water projects for the poor may always be, this kind of alibi-philanthropy is well-known even to mafia-bosses. It cannot be weighed against his crimes and the damage he has done to the Indian society.

In December 2005, I wrote a letter to the then President Dr. Abdul Kalam, one of Sai Baba’s ardent supporters, which was never answered. I demanded criminal investigations against Sai Baba. If his social development projects are meant to be indulgence to nullify his crimes, this procedure is unprecedented and unacceptable, I wrote. It is a shame for India that well-founded accusations and numerous reputed witnesses against Sai Baba are ignored without any investigation. Do saffron clothes make an offender untouchable for the law? Do we have to tolerate that political protectionism raises its head so boldly, mocking India’s democracy?

Sathya Sai Baba caused great damage to India. His irresponsible political patrons corrupted the political culture of India. Encouraged by the clout of Sathya Sai Baba, a new clan of miracle mongers imitated him. India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba.

Sanal Edamaruku is president of the Indian Rationalist Association

https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/2547/india-would-have-been-a-better-place-without-sathya-sai-baba

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Sai Baba Had to Study Singing Like A Regular Student

Posted by eileenweed on March 15, 2021

On the occasion of the birth centenary of the famous singing brothers BV Raman and BV Lakshmanan, there was an article with the following quote:

“Sathya Sai Baba learnt music from the brothers, which he openly acknowledged in many forums. The brothers stayed in Puttaparthi for about four years, during which period B.V. Raman composed as many as 37 songs on Sathya Sai Baba, which includes the famous aarti song, ‘Om Jai Jagadeesha Hare’.”

Do you think sai baba was omniscient? Then you are sadly mistaken! It is well known that he learnt magic tricks and slight-of-hand from his grandfather, and the family used to make a little money by performing magic and drama shows in the village. That is where he learned many stories from the scriptures too.

Now we learn that he took singing lessons from the two highly qualified brothers, probably with rich financial incentives for the brothers! They stayed four whole years in Puttaparthi and composed many songs for him – useful to use for decades as propaganda!

The twin brothers were born in a town called Bhavani in 1921. B.V. Lakshmanan passed away in 1996 and B.V. Raman passed away in 2006.

A teaching method of their own
R. Vijayalakshmi and R. Chitra
UPDATED: MARCH 11, 2021 18:39 IST

Every student who trained under the twin brothers, B.V. Raman and B.V. Lakshmanan, cannot forget their gentle voices and ever-smiling faces along with the encouraging words, “With practice you can sing” (paada paada varum), that boosted the confidence of young learners.

Our beloved gurus had many disciples and their teaching method was very unique.

We still remember the day when we first attended Raman Sir’s class. We were in our teens and were straightaway taught the pallavis of one varnam and three other kritis. Sir then said, “This is all for the day”.

Since this kind of approach to teaching music was unheard of, we were worried and tense. Looking at the expressions on our faces, he understood what was going through our minds. He assured us that we will soon get accustomed to this method. He took away our notebooks saying that he would write the lyrics himself (both the brothers had beautiful handwriting) and give it to us in the next class.

While leaving the class, we tried to recollect the songs he had taught, at least a few lines. We felt nervous without the notebook in our hands and wondered how we would practise at home.

The next class, sir had written down the songs sans notation, but did not give the notebook to us to take a look at the lyrics.

With his encouragement and support, we learnt for 15 years without any notes, notations and recordings. Even today, every disciple of the brothers will be able to recall whatever they were taught without referring to any notebook.

In 1938, the brothers at the age of 17, began their formal music training under S. Srinivasa Rao. They also learnt from Veena Krishnamachariar and Kulitalai Krishnaswami Rao. Their lessons in Kathakali padas were under Venkatakrishna Bhagavatar, the elder brother of Palghat Rama Bhagavatar.

It so happened that once Tiger Varadachari had a chance to listen to the brothers sing, and suggested that they join the Sangeeta Bhooshanam course in the Music College at Annamalai University in Chidambaram, of which he was the principal. With support from Tiger Varadachari, who allowed the brothers to stay with him apart from offering them scholarship, the brothers completed the course in 1943. It was also the same year when Varadachari relinquished his post to join Kalakshetra in Chennai.

While in college, the brothers had the privilege to learn from Tiger Varadachari. They came to Chennai after completing their Sangeeta Bhooshanam course to work with Varadachari at Kalakshetra.

From 1943 to 1945, the brothers played an important role in assisting Rukmini Devi in many of her productions.

Unique approach
The brothers were unique in whatever they did. For instance, they began learning music only at the age of 17 and performing at the age of 35. They would make every performance stand out — a full fledged concert of Muthuswami Dikshitar’s rare compositions, a concert of just Thiruppugazh songs, a concert featuring post-Trinity compositions, or a Vinayaka Chaturthi concert with all songs, including the mangalam, in praise of Vinayaka.

Even their All India Radio concerts were theme based, like the one with all Gowla ragas or the one that featured rare compositions of Yogi Suddhananda Bharathi.

They set to tune all the 4,000 verses of the Divya Prabandham, around 27 kritis of Anayampatti Adi Seshaiyyar, and some Tarangams of Narayana Tirtha. They have composed varnams and thillanas.

Sathya Sai Baba learnt music from the brothers, which he openly acknowledged in many forums. The brothers stayed in Puttaparthi for about four years, during which period B.V. Raman composed as many as 37 songs on Sathya Sai Baba, which includes the famous aarti song, ‘Om Jai Jagadeesha Hare’.

For 40 years they conducted the aradhana of Sadashiva Brahmendral at Manamadurai with sincerity and commitment.

They believed in simple living while their music was a reflection of their devotion to the art and their spirituality. As much as their music, it was the personal qualities of the brothers that endeared them to the public as well as to their peers. They were generous in their appreciation of their accompanists, contemporaries and younger artistes.

At a special event organised for his centenary at Chennai’s Ragasudha Hall, the vidwans Anayampatti Ganesan and N. V. Subramanian, who were closely associated with the brothers, performed a tribute concert.

https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/a-teaching-method-of-their-own/article34045308.ece

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Undeterred by his DISASTER ‘Satya Sai Baba’ Movie, Anup Jalota is Working on a Sequel

Posted by eileenweed on March 1, 2021

Undeterred by the pathetic numbers and heavy financial loss of the ‘Satya Sai Baba’ movie, released on January 29th, 2021 (after over 7 years in the making), Anup Jalota is planning on a Sequel!

The current movie has been labeled a “DISASTER” (worse than a “Flop”) by the film industry.

This proves that the vast majority of Indians are aware that Satya Sai Baba was a conman and fraudster, and they have no interest in seeing a movie glorifying his life, when secretly he had been abusing hundreds of boys and young men for decades.

Here is the article:

I Am Thrilled To Work With Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota In Satya Sai Baba 2
POSTED BY: NEWS HELPLINE FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Actress Ekta Jain has been roped in to play an interesting role in the Anup Jalota starrer Satya Sai Baba 2.

Jalota, who is already playing the lead in Satya Sai Baba, is directing, singing and composing music for the film. Sharing his views on Ekta’s talent, he said, “Ekta Jain is a good talented actor, anchor, model, influencer and a fashion designer. She is working with us in Satya Sai Baba 2 and I am sure she will justify her role.”

Babanrao Gholap of Atman Films presents the film produced by Balkrishn Shrivastav of A One Creation. The film is co-produced by Ankita and Nikita Shrivastav. The screenplay and dialogues will be written by Sachindra Sharma, Pradeep Singh will be the Art Director, Sanjay Verma will be the Editor, Sudhakar Sharma will write the lyrics and Dinesh Singh will be the D.O.P of the film.

Ekta Jain, who lost eight kilos for the role, said, “I am thrilled and excited that I got to work with Anup Jalota I have reduced eight kilos weight for this film. For the last 6 months I stuck to eating homemade food and regularly worked out in the gym. My past experience and projects will help me further upgrade my skills for this project.”

Ekta Jain has been part of many Bollywood films like Shatranj, Khali Bali and Trahimaan. The shooting of Satya Sai Baba 2 will commence in April 2021 in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Ekta Jain has played a policewoman in Shatranj and a lawyer in Trahimaam. She has completed the shoot and dubbing of an International film project and is hoping that 2021 will bring in work from different platforms whether it is OTT or TV, films or theatre. She said, “I want to learn the new technology in filmmaking and also work with talented actors.”

On a parting note, ask her what she considers important to keep getting good work in showbiz and she said, “I think audiences make you what you are. I want to thank them all for giving me so much love.”

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Satya Sai Baba Movie a “DISASTER”!

Posted by eileenweed on February 26, 2021

The movie starring Anup Jalota has officially been labeled a “DISASTER”, to no one’s surprise. The film reportedly had a budget of 3 crore rupees (about $400,000 USD), although the average cost of a Bollywood movie is approximately 50 crore (nearly $7 million US dollars).

After one month, the film has netted only a pathetic 4 lakh rupees (about $5,500).

Among 100 recently released movies, it comes in at #89 out of 100.

Details may be found at this website:

https://www.sacnilk.com/entertainmenttopbar/Box_Office_Collection?hl=en

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“His Acts were Based on Sleight of Hand”

Posted by eileenweed on December 19, 2020

A recent article regarding the maybe-soon-to-be-released move on the life of “Sathya Sai Baba” clarifies that his so-called miracles were “based on slight of hand”.

In a country that is often supportive of dubious ‘gurus’ and even has legally punished those who question certain spiritual and religious activities, it is heartening to see that mainstream media realises that Sathya Sai Baba faked his miracles!

Here is the article online:

Anup Jalota unveils new poster of his upcoming film ‘Satya Sai Baba’ featuring Jackie Shroff and Sudhir Dalvi

Ashwin Sheshware | December, 18 2020

Actor-singer Anup Jalota unveiled new poster of his upcoming film ‘Satya Sai Baba’ on social media on Thursday. Anup Jalota is playing role of Satya Sai Baba while Jackie Shroff is playing role of a police officer and Sudhir Dalvi is portraying role of Sai Baba of Shirdi in the film.

Sharing the poster of the film on his Instagram handle, Jalota wrote, “#SriSathyaSaiBaba #TheMovie #AnupJalota #BhajanSamrat #singercumactor #JackieShroff #music #singer”.

Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru and philanthropist, born into a Telugu – speaking Bhatraju family. At the age of fourteen he claimed that he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba and left his home in order to serve the society and be an example to his followers.

Satya Sai Baba purported materialisations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces, and watches, along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation, and alleged omnipotence and omniscience, were a source of both fame and controversy. His acts were based on sleight of hand though his devotees considered them signs of his divinity. He died in November 2011 at the age of 84.

‘Satya Sai Baba’ also stars Sadhika Randhawa, Govind Namdev, Arun Bakshi and Mushtaq Khan in key roles. It will be released in English, Hindi, Telugu and Marathi languages.

It is directed by Vicky Ranawat and produced by Balkrishan Srivastav, Ankita Srivastab, Nikita Srivastav and Subhash Sehgal. The film is scheduled to release on January 22, 2021.

Anup Jalota will also feature in Kesar Matharu directorial ‘Woh Meri Student Hai’ along with ‘Big Boss 12’ contestant Jasleen Matharu.

http://bollywoodhelpline.com/news-gossips/filmy-buzz/-Anup-Jalota-unveils-new-poster-of-his-upcoming-film-%E2%80%98Satya-Sai-Baba%E2%80%99-featuring-Jackie-Shroff-and-Sudhir-Dalvi/57049

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Will the ‘Sathya Sai Baba’ Movie Starring Anup Jalota Finally be Released??

Posted by eileenweed on December 14, 2020

Since 2011 we have been reporting on two planned mainstream movies about Sathya Sai Baba.

  1. ‘Baba Sathya Sai’
    Starring Dileep (later replaced by Sreejith Vijay with shooting in October 2016)
    Directed by Kodi Ramakrishna
    Produced by Karatam Rambabu
    (Movie Launch was held in October 2011; Movie was reportedly dropped July 2018.)
  2. ‘Sathya Sai Baba’
    Starring Anup Jalota
    Directed by Vicky Ranavath
    Produced by Balakrishnan Srivatsav
    (Announced in Feb 2012, filming in Puttaparthi in Feb 2013, Launch party in Sep 2014.)

The saga drags on as a new article appeared on 13 December 2020, stating that the film ‘Sathya Sai Baba’, which was filmed in 2013, will FINALLY be released in January 2021!

With films in India often being finished within months, we can only guess that the producers of these films of the discredited baba are wary of spending money to release such sure-to-be flop films. They will no doubt lose their investments, as the vast population of India makes fun of these shamed con-men ‘gurus’ and would certainly not waste their time and money to see movies glorifying them.

The trailer (see below) shows corny amateur ‘miracles’, stiff performances, scenes of real devotees lifted from decades ago, a fake looking wig on Jalota, and bad photography and lighting. It also tries to cash into Shirdi Sai Baba’s popularity by showing his form merge into Sathya Sai Baba.


Anup Jalota as Sathya Sai Baba
TNNCreated: Dec 13, 2020, 15:46 IST

Bhajan maestro and Padma Shri awardee Anup Jalota, who is a renowned name in the world of devotional music is all set to be part of producer Balkrishn Shrivastav and director Vicky Ranawat’s biopic Sathya Sai Baba. He will play the lead role of Satya Sai Baba in it. The film’s poster was recently released by the Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Jalota has signed a few films in the past, too. He says the decision to take up movies dates back to when he was offered the role of Satya Sai Baba in Vicky Ranawat’s film, which also releases this year.

A source close to the production house said, “Anupji bears an uncannily, striking resemblance to Sai Baba. He also happens to be Sai Baba’s follower and has been closely associated with him for many years. It gives us an edge because Anupji is well-versed in Baba’s mannerisms and nuances. It helps us greatly because we can be as realistic as possible. He’s thrilled to be a part of the film and taking a keen interest in every aspect.”

Jalota, who has acted in many films before, is for the first time going to be part of a biopic. He said, “I am glad that I got an opportunity to play Sathya Sai Baba, because I have believed in his ideals and principles. I have also observed him closely and read a lot about him. It required great research and playing this character will be a challenge.”

From former President of the country Late Abdul Kalam Azad to superstar Rajnikanth,Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and God of Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar many people believed in him. The small village Putapurti, which did not have roads and infrastructure today has world-renowned hospitals, music and education centres and many other facilities for the common man.

The film will also feature Sadhika Randhawa, Jackie Shroff, Govind Namdev , Arun Bakshi, Mushtaq Khan in important roles. Sudhakar Sharma has written the lyrics, music composed by Bappi Lahiri. The film will release on Jan 22, 2021.

See the Full Article HERE.

See related blog posts:

Feb 2012: Anup Jalota as Sathya Sai Baba

Feb 2013: Sathya Sai Baba film (shooting in Parthi)

Feb 2013: Two Sai Baba films to compete against BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’?

Nov 2013: ‘Baba Satya Sai’ film demotes the swami to a ‘Demigod’

Sept 2014: Film ‘Baba Sathya Sai’ shelved

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Fights Still Raging Over Possible New Districts in Anantapur

Posted by eileenweed on December 5, 2020

Already at least for a year and a half there have been occasionally articles about Anantapur District being split, and Penukonda, Hindupur and Puttaparthi all fighting over who gets to be the new bifurcation district.

The fact that Puttaparthi isn’t an obvious winner proves that the influence of the town, and of Sathya Sai Baba himself, has dwindled considerably!

MLAs lock horns over new district in Anantapur
Ravi P Benjamin
Hans News Service
28 Nov 2020 12:48

Anantapur: The demand for bifurcation of the large district with 63 mandals had been decades old but the latest policy decision of the YSRCP to double the number of districts into 27 districts has given wings to the local people’s demand to bifurcate the district into Anantapur and Hindupur districts.

Despite the demand for bifurcation of the district, TDP as a party did not take any view on the same. But with YSRCP policy decision, new hope was kindled on this front. Until recently everyone thought Hindupur will be the automatic choice because of its proximity to Benguluru international airport but with the YSRCP storming to power and promising to make every Parliamentary constituency a district, Penukonda MLA and Minister for Roads and Buildings M Sankara Narayana and Puttaparthi MLA Sridhar are locking horns over the issue and are using their sphere of influences to convince the Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy by showcasing their strong points.

Penukonda Zilla Sadana Samithi and Sathya Sai Zilla Sadana Samithi had been formed in the two Assembly constituencies to agitate and demand and showcase their respective towns as prospective headquarters for the new district in the making. Penukonda committee has the support of Minister Sankara Narayana while the Sathya Sai Zilla committee has the support of local MLA Sridhar as well as Congress and other political parties.

Speaking to The Hans India, Puttaparthi MLA Sridhar said that he had made a strong case before the chief minister that Puttaparthi has many merits to be made as the new district headquarters. Puttaparthi is already an internationally famous town having an international airport and having the support of the strong Sathya Sai Trust.

It has buildings and other infrastructure with a beautiful landscape. So, we hope Puttaparthi will be zeroed in for building a new headquarter for the new district in the making, he added. When suggested that Minister Sankara Narayana seemed to be winning in his battle, Sridhar quipped ‘God is there.’

When Hindupur as the natural choice was making rounds, Minister Sankara Narayana floated the idea that Penukonda is the ideal town as it is in-between Hindupur and Puttaparthi. He first saw to it that Hindupur is deleted from the mind of the government on political grounds as the constituency always stood for the yellow party and that there is no point in promoting it as it will be politically suicidal for the YSRCP and so he propped up the demand that Penukonda, the ancient second capital of emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya should be the new district headquarter.

The minister strategically was pulling all strings to realise his dream. Using his clout with the chief minister, he managed to divert the medical college proposed at Hindupur first to Penukonda. He gave an impression that after all medical colleges are set up only in district headquarters. With the emergence of Kia Motors in Penukonda, a new facelift was given to the town.

Hundreds of industries are now making a beeline to the region. Almost everyone now thinks that Penukonda not Puttaparthi will be the choice of the government. Real estate values are shooting up there. All said and done Penukonda is emerging as the new developing region.

No wonder Hindupur MLA N Balakrishna is maintaining a low profile knowing fully well that his writ no longer runs even in his own constituency. YSRCP sources say that it is a matter of 2-3 months when the new district be it Penukonda or Puttaparthi would come into being.

MLAs lock horns over new district in Anantapur (thehansindia.com)

See Also: Puttaparthi not even sure to become a district headquarter « Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed (wordpress.com)

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Sachin Tendulkar in Ignorance of Sathya Sai Baba’s Crimes

Posted by eileenweed on December 1, 2020

It is no secret that sai baba amassed a huge fortune, built on the backs of innocent and well-meaning devotees who were ignorant of his horrible crimes against humanity. Money and fame brings power, including the power that sai baba used for his own selfish interests, including to shut down investigations of murder inside the ashram on multiple occasions, cover up massive bribes, and sexually abuse numerous young men and boys.

Indian Cricketer legend Sachin Tendulkar is one of sai baba’s famous devotees who continues to worship sai baba and is either ignorant of or simply ignores his felony crimes.

Sachin recently posted something positive about sai baba on his Twitter page and though people were quick to point out how much of a conman sai baba was, others wanted to defend Sachin’s devotion.

Only if all of us with personal experience of sai baba’s crimes come together and tell the world without fear, we can help to stop other conman in their tracks, and make them afraid to behave badly! We all have to do our part!

See article here: Sachin Tendulkar Backed For Remembering Guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba On 95th Birth Anniversary

See Also:

Sachin Tendulkar gets some sound advice

Sachin Tendulkar and Sathya Sai Baba’s gold cup ‘stolen’ from the poor

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