The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and its Golden Casket
Posted by Barry Pittard on May 10, 2011
I posted the following piece 14 February 2007. I shall remove that post – originally entitled: ‘Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions Many Countries Donate’ – and repost now. Since the news coverage from March 29, when Sathya Sai Baba was admitted to hospital and had an immediate pacemaker implant, there has been much discussion in India at large about the status of the Sathya Sai Central Trust.
Sources said Sai Baba has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection. (TOI Photo )
TNN, Mar 29, 2011, 03.50am IST
HYDERABAD: Sri Satya Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Satyasai super-speciality hospital on Monday evening due to ill-health. Doctors said he was suffering from pneumonia and water has entered his lungs. Allaying fears of lakhs of his devotees, J Ratnakar of Sri Satyasai Trust said that Sai Baba was recovering.
Sources said Sai Baba has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection. “But his situation is improving with constant medical attention. There is nothing to worry about his health,” Ratnakar added.
Well, since, you may have seen vast numbers of devotees on news footage doing exactly that – worrying. They keep telling us that he will keep his promise and come back when he promised – at 96.
Others, badly mixing up lunar and solar calendars, whether considered together or separately, are either ignorant of, or conceal, the fact that he gave at least three dates of when he would leave the body.
In any case, calendars or not, he has endlessly, over many decades said: “Why fear when I am here”.
But they weep, wail and gnash their teeth, and then say not to worry because he will be back soon. For those prepared to look hard at the arithmetic of these dating matters, see Robert Priddy‘s detailed exposure:
Questions of Sri Sathya Central Trust infighting, and rumours that Sathya Sai Baba was being kept artificially ‘alive’ so that the Trust could resolve what to next to do, were aired. But eventually announcements came that all is well, and that the former Chief Justice of India, and longtime member of the Trust, P.N. Bhagwati, would be the Trust’s new chairman.
However, there are very real questions to be raised about Bhagwati. He shows problems of memory about crucial issues facing the Trust, such as about the killings in and around Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom on 6 July 1993. He also says he has no idea of the value of the Trust’s net money worth. During the interview with the Times of India (on whose board, by the way, he has been for several years a director, Bhagwati weeps a number of times, and one is reminded of his master’s sobbings in November last year. See: Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs At 85th Birthday Celebration (Video Footage)
Posted by Barry Pittard on December 31, 2010
Bhagwati discloses, too, that, mystically, Sathya Sai Baba penned all the judgements that Bhagwati signed as being his own (Bhagwati’s). One wonders how other judges get along at all, with that jot of skill so punily alloted to them by mere nature. What if other judges in India, or, heaven knows, anywhere, were to think that their guru was writing ‘their’ judgements?! A bit spooky …..
Bhagwati is adamant that there is no need for an investigation into the many allegations relating to unsolved killings at Puttaparthi (as did his close colleague and former world head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Indulal Shah). And that the allegations of (in fact, serial, worldwide) Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of boys and young men are simple mischief. Whereas, in fact, serious, reputed investigative organisations, including the BBC in the form of the television documentary ‘The Secret Swami, have realised that the former devotees and other critics whom Bhagwati, Venkataraman and other Sai servitors have so cruelly maligned are distinctly varied in background, education and culture, and of outstanding repute in their professions, trades, places and wider communities.
Bhagwati tells us – what no judge in his right senses would ever say, even if he or she believed it: “I have cultivated a reputation as the foremost legal luminary across the Commonwealth. See my three articles:
Below, then, is that old article, which can now be read against more recent news.
Looking Back (to article, 14 February 2007)
Sathya Sai Baba’s exchequer owes to vast donations to his Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust via his powerful organisation spanning more than 150 countries, and not least to the donations of the extremely wealthy – like James Sinclair, the Canadian cable and minerals magnate, Isaac Tigrett the American founder of the Hard Rock Café and House of Blues, the Rai family in India in steel and technology and an astounding number of other hugely wealthy and influential individuals and families. Rediff News, July 06, 2005, reported: http://www.rediff.com/money/2005/jul/06spec2.htm
“The Andhra Pradesh-based Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust is the largest recipient of foreign contributions. The Sathya Sai Trust received Rs 95 crore (Rs 950 million) during 2003-04”.
This figure – which is well over US $20 million – is but the officially-declared one and does not account for contributions of those foreigners who donate when they are in India. Anyone who has watched how, at places like Puttaparthi and Whitefield, the Indian and foreign the mega business fraternity swap business cards – within the so-called holiest of holy precincts! – and thereafter thrives will be forced to conclude that far wider economic and political forces are at play, and that it is little wonder how successive Indian governments both State and Central have been loathe to ‘kill’ a goose that lays an incredible number of golden eggs.
Promisingly, as though in further testimony to a thesis suggested earlier in htttp://barrypittard.wordpress.com to the effect that popular Indian uprisings against corruption may come to envelop Sai Baba and the main confederates of this ‘secret swami’, Professor Narendra Nayak has informed us:
“We have been leading a campaign against Sathya Sai Baba and his so called miracles. As of now, a very powerful movement is coming up against him in Tamilnadu. He came to Chennai and performed a yaga and M. Karunanidhi (the Chief Minister), a avowed rationalist, met him and discussed. We don’t know what. He then started praising him. We have started a campaign against that. The Periyar Drvaid Kazagam has made condensed version of the (BBC’s) ‘Secret Swami’ in Tamil and copies are going like anything”.
Still Further Reading
Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)