Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Floods Ravage Puttaparthi: Late Sathya Sai Baba Does Not Tame Them This Time

Posted by eileenweed on November 28, 2021

Puttaparthi Main Road, 18 November 2021

Puttaparthi has been in the news lately due to unprecedented flooding ravaging the area. Though huge pictures of Sai Baba still hang throughout the town, the false god who is now dead, has been no help to the suffering residents. That too, right at the time of his annual birthday celebrations on November 23rd!

In fact, this would have been his 96th birthday, the one where he was supposed to actually physically die, or ‘consciously shed his body’, like he boastfully predicted over decades. As we knew, he was not divine, didn’t really know his actual death day, and thus, caught unaware, he succumbed to multiple organ failure on April 24, 2011. There is sufficient proof to assume that he was brain dead long before that date, but the authorities probably picked that Easter day to pull the plugs on his life support. (Or, he perhaps died before that date and they waited to announce it – there is proof of the coffin being ordered weeks before.)

Several aerial views of Puttaparthi flooding:
https://youtu.be/TSotHy2cQQE

Andhra Pradesh: Death toll rises to 29 as floods continue to ..

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/andhra-pradesh-death-toll-rises-up-to-29-as-floods-continue-to-ravage-rayalaseema-and-nellore-districts/articleshow/87821341.cms

See Related:

Sathya Sai Baba death date in serious doubt
https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/sathya-sai-baba-death-date-in-serious-doubt/

‘Taming the Flood’

Now, devotees might counterargue that whereas their late guru had power over nature he seldom chose to exercise this superhuman quality. Floods were no rare event during his lifetime either. In fact, during an especially heavy season, as far back as 1973, he purportedly ‘tamed the flood’ just before the whole ashram was to be submerged. In fact, the waters allegedly withdrew immediately after Sai Baba mumbled some words, asking the river to calm down, according to folklore that is (See: (Sathya Sai Baba) Taming the Floods). Why he chose not to help this time around remains a mystery. I would say: because he could nor did back then. The waters just happened to recede. No miracle involved. And anyhow, a dead man isn’t able to reach beyond the grave now, is he? The only saving grace being that at least villagers in peril were taken into the premises of Prashanti Nilayam, back then and this time around.

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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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“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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Why Wasn’t Sathya Sai Baba Honest?

Posted by eileenweed on September 29, 2020

There is a revealing video on YouTube, showing how some of Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles were faked and how some teachings were plagiarised – reused though others said them.

Why did he pretend to be someone he wasn’t? Why wasn’t he honest about himself? There is a brilliant comment on the video by “Easwaran R. B.” that asks those thought-provoking questions!

VIDEO ON YOUTUBE:

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum at Puttaparthi, Part 5 Faked Miracles & Plagiarised Teachings
https://youtu.be/poL1SAnwj7c

Comment by Easwaran R. B.:

This is the first video that has beautifully and clearly exposed this Baba’s fake vibhuti “creation”!!! We knew from other videos that he brought with him a few pellets of vibhuti which he held in his left hand with which he used to hold the hem of his dress as he walked out for darshan area. He would collect a few envelops from devotees which would be held in his left hand. These envelops formed the cover as he transferred one pellet at a time under the covers from left to right hand and quickly transfered it between his first and middle fingers. Then he would hold his right hand fingers tightly together and waive, then crush the pellet with his thumb as he gave the vibhuti to devotees.

If Baba said I am going to do a magic and did this like PC Sorcar, I would never blame him. If he earned money by showing such magic and then used that money to build hospitals or do charity, I wouldn’t complain at all!! PC Sorcar the magician and his family also do lot of charity.

The problem with this Baba was that he cheated vulnerable devotees saying these were a display of his divine powers and it was believing in these fake claims that vulnerable people donated huge amounts of money to his Trust with which he did some charitable works.

Recently, during Covid-19 in Italy that took a heavy toll, many members of the famous Italian mafia helped corona patients with their ill-earned money!! Does it make the mafia a legal and ethical entity? Same with this fake baba. He gave very good speeches and advised his disciples to be honest, not to cheat, to serve others, etc. Question is was he honest?

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Drug Supplies Available in Puttaparthi

Posted by eileenweed on September 7, 2020

According to a recent article, Puttaparthi is where ganja is grown and peddled, and from Puttaparthi, it is distributed to other areas.

It is no mystery that Puttaparthi is filled with anti-social elements! Sathya Sai Baba was unable to fulfill all his promises of “cleaning up India and then the world,” he was unable even to make the town of Puttaparthi spiritual and with sufficient water supply. He himself was involved in hoarding wealth and paying off politicians, authorities and even family members, to keep quiet about his illegal activities.

The article is here:

“Bagepalli police arrest a drug peddler”

http://www.uniindia.com/bagepalli-police-arrest-a-drug-peddler/south/news/2151330.html

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Puttaparthi not even sure to become a district headquarter

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2020

On June 23 of last year Hans News Service reported that ´the demand to carve out Hindupur as district capital gained momentum´. Reading the article, it was no done deal at all that Puttaparthi would win the prize of becoming the new central hub, as it faced stiff competition from Hindupur and Penukonda, to become the headquarters of the new Andhra Pradesh district! 

In typical Indian style, one year later, the matter still seems to be undecided. Nothing new under the sun. But safe to say, it does not bode well for Puttaparthi, birth place of the late Satyha Sai Baba, alleged king of kings, and its inherent power brokers. They so much want it to become a major religious and administrative centre, the more so since their late leader always confidently predicted it would gain world renown…But then, it is widely known how many of his tall claims did not pan out even when he was still ‘ in the flesh’. Why would it all of a sudden be any different now that he is dead nearly a decade? The decision will be based on ‘scientific parameters’, a local MP emphasized. God knows what will come of it…

 

Demand to Carve Out Hindupur District Gains Momentum
Hans News Service
23 Jun 2019 1:31 AM IST

Anantapur: In the context of likelihood of Hindupur emerging as district head-quarter for the proposed district to be carved out of Anantapur district, there are demands from other parts that Penukonda, the second historical capital of the once powerful Vijayanagar empire of Sri Krishna Devaraya, should be considered as its new district head quarter.

Besides, there has also been a long-time demand for making Puttaparthi as the head- quarters of the proposed second district. Already new district capital sadhana samithi’s have emerged in Penukonda and Puttaparthi represented by cross section of people.

Those advocating Penukonda as the new district head-quarter argue that Penukonda has emerged as an industrial corridor. It was also the ancient second capital of Vijayanagar empire. Kia Motors and its proposed ancillaries have the potential to transform the landscape of the historical town.

However, those demanding that Puttaparthi should be made as the new district head-quarter feel that Puttaparthi is well developed. The town has lot of infrastructure to host administrative buildings and quarters for officers. It has an airport and is also close to Bengaluru international airport. It has also close proximity to Anantapur which is an educational hub.
Hindupur of course has its own advantages as it is very close to Bengaluru international airport. Already the town has buildings to house government offices. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is planning to bifurcate every existing district into two districts taking parliamentary constituency as a yard-stick.

Even before the bifurcation of united AP, there had been demands for bifurcation of Anantapur into two districts – Anantapur and Hindupur. Similarly in Rayalaseema Tirupati in Chittoor district, Nandyala in Kurnool district, Rajampeta in Kadapa and Hindupur in Anantapur district are under consideration of the state government to make them as new districts.

Newly elected MP of Hindupuram Lok Sabha constituency Gorantla Madhav said to The Hans India that he welcomed the proposal of Hindupur emerging as another district. Anantapur, the present district head-quarters is very far away from Hindupur. By bifurcating the district, administration can be brought closer to the people and development prospects would be brighter, he said.

Already Hindupur MP constituency has emerged an industrial hub. Hindupur and Penukonda have already emerged as industrial zones. With many more industrial projects in the anvil, Hindupuram district will gain recognition as an industrial district. He said that expert committees would look into the demands for location of district head-quarter on the basis of scientific parameters, the MP added.

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Master Plan for Puttaparthi? UPDATED!

Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2020

The proposition for a major development of Puttaparthi into an international tourist destination, first reported years ago and revisited many times (not least of which was in September 2019), has again been revised in a Hans India article dated 2 June 2020.

Sathya Sai Baba has been dead and buried for nine (9) years now. Puttaparthi has hardly any visitors, as the evidence of wrongdoing and the fact that the baba constantly sexually abused young boys for many decades, has spread far and wide.

Puttaparthi is now just a typical small town with normal families going about their normal lives. How will they attract tens of thousands of spiritual-minded tourists to pay for the “Yoga Wellness Centre” and the “Food Park”? Wait and watch my friends – wait and watch!

This massive project promises to be yet another “White Elephant” of waste, just like the Sathya Sai Airport, vacant year round, is now.

See the article HERE.

Master plan prepared for development of Puttaparthi: MLA D Sridhar Reddy

Hans News Service
2 Jun 2020 12:48 AM IST

Puttaparthi (Anantapur) : MLA D Sridhar Reddy stated that he will strive to develop Puttaparthi as an international tourist destination. Already the spiritual town has a brand image due to the visit of several people from abroad when Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba was alive.

The town has many guest houses and private resorts built by foreign devotees of the Baba and it will be developed on the lines of Mantralaya, he said.

Sathya Sai National Park, Underground drainage and underground power cables, a ring road, R&B circuit guest house, Food Park and Yoga Wellness Centre will be part of Rs 1,000 crore development project, he added.

Sridhar Reddy said to The Hans India that a master plan had been drafted prior to covid 19 lockdown.

Soon the issue will be taken to the notice of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

APIIC will provide 100 acres of land for Food Park, and Roads and Buildings department will be investing Rs.350 crore on the 31.5 km ring road development covering Manillakunta Cross, Kothacheruvu, Puttaparthi and Bukkapatnam mandals. Already 60 acres had been identified for the Yoga Wellness Centre, he further said.

MLA Sridhar asked officials to take steps for planting trees on the proposed ring road connecting Puttaparthi-Bukkapatnam-Kothacheruvu. A fountain at the Chitravati dam and also a giant statue of Baba for attracting tourists are also planned by the MLA.

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Master Plan for Puttaparthi?

Posted by robertpriddy on October 7, 2019

A report in late September 2019 stated that Puttaparthi will be developed into an “International Tourist Spiritual destination”, a 1,000 crore project. This will apparently include a 100 acre land for a Food Park and 60 acres for a Yoga Wellness Center.

It is quite amusing to hear of the large wasteful investments in hope of a internationally recognised spiritual destination… the dwindling attraction of a dead and gone charlatan God. I wonder what the “R & B Circuit Guest House’” will be. Part of a showbiz circuit for Rhythm and Blues artists and their fans? Ha, ha!

Then, the 100 acre ‘Food Park’ intrigued me… will they be selling sought-after culinary delicacies as Parthi-pizza, coconut and/or vegetable rolls, PN canteen food? That will bring in the ’spiritual visitors’ in their hordes, no doubt.

A full sixty acres of Yoga wellness rather suggests the estimated ill health and degeneration of devotees. What will doubtless be the destruction of the already naturally beautiful Chitravati river bed and surroundings is a mindless shame.

Why can’t people leave good alone? I can’t imagine many people making a pilgrimage to see it all!

See the Link HERE.

Master Plan for Puttaparthi development proposed in Anantapur
Hans News Service
30 Sep 2019 2:39 AM IST

Anantapur: District Collector S Sathyanarayana stated that Puttaparthi, the abode of late Sathya Sai Baba, will be developed as an International Tourist Spiritual destination. A detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared soon and the state government will send it to the central government for financing the project, he said.

The Collector convened a meeting in this regard and Puttaparthi MLA D Sridhar presided over it. The town will be developed on the lines of Icon City in Mantralaya. Sathya Sai National Park, Underground drainage and under-ground power cables, a Ring road, R&B circuit guest house, Food Park and Yoga Wellness Centre development will be part of the Rs 1,000 crore project, the Collector said.

APIIC will provide 100 acres of land for Food Park and already some parties have evinced interest in investing on Food Park. Roads and Buildings department will be investing Rs.350 crores on the 31.5 km Ring road development covering Manillakunta Cross, Kothacheruvu, Puttaparthi and Bukkapatnam mandals.

Already 60 acres have been identified for the Yoga Wellness Centre. Chitravati river-bed beautification will also be part of the Greater Puttaparthi Development. A 33 KV sub-station is also proposed in the Puttaparthi town, he added.

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No Golden Age in sight in Andhra Pradesh

Posted by robertpriddy on November 12, 2018

Despite Sathya Sai Baba’s massive promises and predictions of a ‘Golden Age’ of world peace and prosperity, there are no signs of it anywhere, and certainly not Puttaparthi, which continues to wither away, despite influential figures trying to push it into being a huge tourist location (probably bribed by rich Sai Baba family members). The following newspaper article outlines the problems there:-

Withered crops forcing farm workers to migrate
THE HANS INDIA |    Nov 10, 2018, 11:46 PM IST
Migration attributed to scanty rainfall and tanks drying up
State govt urged to prevent migration of farmers
Anantapur: Krishna water through Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) canals has not been released to the Assembly constituencies including Dharmavaram, Puttaparthi and Singanamala resulting in hundreds of farm labourers going on a migration spree in search of work as their crops withered away due to scanty rainfall recorded in the district this Rabi season.
Failure of authorities in diverting Krishna water to village tanks including the Dharmavaram and Bukkapatnam is said to be one of the reasons. There is also an allegation that Paritala Sunitha as a Minister was using her clout to get more water to her constituency and fill all village tanks.
There are distress signals emanating from Kadiri, Puttaparthi, Madakasira, Uravakonda and Penukonda areas due to injustice to certain areas in supply of Krishna water.
Krishna waters are being lifted from Srisailam and supplied through the HNSS canals while some areas were being ignored in the process as alleged by Dharmavaram MLA Vardapuram Suri, Puttaparthi MLA Palle Raghunatha Reddy and Singanamala MLA Yamini Bala.
Added to the alleged injustice, dry spell and dwindling of groundwater levels have also aggravated the problem leading to seasonal migration by farm labourers.
Many agriculture labourers instead of availing the NREGS work were preferring to go on migration as no one knows when the payments of wages will be made. The labourers allege that wage payments were kept due for four to five months.
What is the use of working when wages are not paid? asks labourers, who are fed up with the delays in payments. DWMA Project Director Jyothi Basu told The Hans India that all wage arrears had been cleared up to September 6th and only wages after the said date is pending payment.
This too will be cleared, he assured. Asked to comment on reports of farm labourers resorting to migration to neighbouring cities in search of work, Jyothi Basu stated that he would enquire into the veracity of the reports and would do the needful in case of a real problem.
Bandrepalle in Kadiri division is one village where there are mass migrations every year. There are reports that 70 per cent of the village is empty with locked doors. Tanekallu, Vidapanakallu, Mudigubba and Guntakal are areas where there is agriculture is in distress with withered crops and dried up bores.
Political parties particularly the CPI and CPM leaders Jagadish and Rambhoopal are urging the district administration to take steps to check migration and ensure the labourers get work locally and also immediate payment of wages.

A sorry state of affairs indeed, Robert. Yet, isn’t it in some aspects eerily reminiscent of the olden time, when Sathya Sai Baba was still alive? Droughts and forced migration were common occurances then too. And like most states in India, Andhra Pradesh was rife with corrupt government officials then too. The only difference was, back in that day, that the ‘avatar’ had sufficient clout and money to bribe such office bearers into doing his bidding, If he stood to gain anything substantial that was important enough to himself, mind, (which was virtually always gaining name and fame or needing their help to cover up some shady business). Because, as you have shown countless times over the past two decades: in fact, he did not care all that much for the wellfare of the downtrodden, hardworking local populace (or anyone else, for that matter). Fancy yet failed water projects were more his thing. And letting the poor, gullible, desperate village people flock to him for solace, and promise of better days ahead. No such thing: not then, not now. Instead, they lost their businesses, suffered wilting crops, didn’t get their rightful pay, and left if they could or because they had to. Broken promises all around. The ‘rainmaker’ could not make it rain when alive, nor could he stop it from pouring down. Nothing new under the sun, alas. The only consolation I can find in the whole sordid affair is the fact that he is gone too, silent forever. ‘Migrated elsewhere’, his devotees might say. Only a dead body, I say, mortal remains that stay behind in Puttaparthi permanently, nothing but a shrivelled corpse, dried out like the crops outside his deserted ‘abode of peace’. Which does not help those poor beggers one bit, I know. Just me a little, in my comfortable western home, where water is never in short supply (except for last summer).

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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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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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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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Death of devotee in Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on June 8, 2017

An alleged suicide, but notably the Puttaparthi police are “investigating other possibilities”. Those police have the blackest record over how they handled the infamous murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s apartment in June 1993! Together with the Prashanthi authorities, who are known as masters of deception and cover-up, one can be confident that the truth, if at all unpalatable, will never be known:-

Sathya Sai Baba devotee found dead in Puttaparthi school in Andhra Pradesh
By Express News Service  |   Published: 07th June 2017 04:38 PM  |
Last Updated: 07th June 2017 04:38 PM
ANANTAPUR: A 30-year-old woman devotee of Sathya Sai Baba was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a classroom of Sai Vidya Vahini, a school run by the Sathya Sai Central Trust, at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh  this afternoon.
The woman, identified as Sai Prava of Delhi, used to be a coordinator at Sai Vidya Vahini but had resigned from her post recently.
She was found hanging from the ceiling of a classroom at around 12 noon by workers. As it is the summer vacation, there were no students in the school.
Members of the Sai Baba ashram’s Seva Dal informed the police. Though it is being described as a case of suicide for reasons yet unknown, the Puttaparthi police, who have registered a case, are investigating other possibilities.

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Sai Baba anniversary face-off

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2015

Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, Muddenahalli

Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, Muddenahalli Click image to enlarge

Muddenahalli and Prashanthi Nilayam are raising the stakes in an ever more tense battle to take over the profitable brand and devotees of Sathya Sai Baba. In a ‘size does matter’ conflict, both are using all possible resources to outdo each other and gain the crown as the true Sai Baba community. Prashanthi has found access to taxpayer millions for a Birthday Anniversary bash, while Muddenahalli inaugurated a new mandir/auditorium on November 18th (see report – click here )  in preparation for the day. November 23rd 2015 is alleged to be the anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba’s birth. This despite the fact that the only public record of his age shows that the day and the date cleverly claimed by him is wrong by about three years.

In the fantasy world that the ambitious frauds of Muddenahalli have created for disgruntled followers from Prashanthi Nilayam, the claim is “The Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, a magnificent architectural edifice, was inaugurated today, the 18th November 2015 in the divine presence of our beloved Bhagawan.” Here “in the divine presence” can be translated as: “In the active imaginations of desperate devotees and assurance of oracle boy Madhu Sudan“. Further, the assertion that this building “…stands as a testimony of the Lord’s compassion…” translates more truly as: “Stands as a testimony of the demands of oracle boy coupled with the frenzied brainwashing of the devotees“.

From a YouTube video, oracle or medium boy apes the dead 'Divine Avatar'

From a YouTube video, oracle/medium boy apes the dead ‘Sai Baba Divine Avatar’

The so-called ‘Sukshma Baba’ (same initials as Sai Baba!) copies Sathya Sai more and more, taking private letters from devotees. (Strangely, he has still not donned the orange robe). One must ask, does the ghost of Sathya Sai reach out through Sukshma Baba’s physical arm, or is it simply a mega miracle that no one can possibly understand?  ‘Does oracle boy’s arm go right through sb’s supposed ghostly presence? Or is there another explanation of a more pecuniary nature? The boys who offer the letters are probably duty bound to do so, being students living under the draconian secret regime of the college which was long ago formed on the lines of other all Sai colleges, which restrict all contacts with the outside world but for family. Conforming to what they are instructed, they would usually gain privileges that others who demur do not. As usual, one can see that it is always males who are most prominent in this cult.

Raghunatha Reddy huge subsidy to SB Birth anniversary bash
Delirious devotees worship images of oracle boy Madhu Sudan

 

 

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