Recently, Sathya Sai Baba devotees have suffered terrible shocks. To devotees with any reasoning capabilities intact, no amount of Sathya Sai Central Trust’s spin-doctoring will do. It is little wonder that some leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization with more developed democratic tendencies have long fell foul of those such as Indulal Shah. The difficulty here was always there was the thought that Shah and other leaders, however autocratic and unpleasant their manner, were, after all, but mouth-pieces for Sathya Sai Baba. Little did they know …..
Many followers were forced to consider that those servitors, handpicked by Sathya Sai Baba himself, have been party to extremely unaccountable, poor explanations surrounding his sickness and death. They learn, if they did not already know, or else had forgotten, that he foretold that he would die circa 2022 AD. It could not be lost on at least some devotees that many of his prophecies and promises did not materialise. Such anomalies were many.
In the extraordinary confusion of the recent events, the Central Trust tried to explain matters away. However (most sensibly from their point of view) they quickly reverted to their old ruse of saying nothing, and occasionally almost nothing.
What happens commonly with psychological trauma happens, of course, with Sai Baba followers, too. The victims go into psychological denial more intense than they have ever experienced. After ignoring the extensive documentation of former devotees and other critics of Sai Baba for over a decade, devotees at last got to learn of Sathya Sai Baba’s incredible secrecy, and that of his leaders.
To be sure, what former devotees and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba did not know was the incredible hoarding of billions in various currencies and gold, silver and precious gems, and many luxury goods, the latter of which have been mouldering away in a manner not entirely unlike, I have suggested, poor Miss Havisham’s circumstances in Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’: When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 24, 2011
The events leading up to Sai Baba’s death, the death itself, and the aftermath of infighting about the succession by his chief servitors, became known throughout India – namely, Satyajit (alias Yatish Salian, Sai Baba’s longtime paramour and favourite), V. Srinivasan, and R.J.Ratnakar –
about all of whom there is much mystification among many Sathya Sai Baba devotees. See: Sathya Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar – Long Police Interrogation. Intensive Investigations Continue. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011.
The events were so newsworthy that a media which – unlike the international press to whom a number of us long ago convinced of the worthiness of our accounts of Sathya Sai Baba – has almost entirely to the last press baron failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his authoritarian cult.
Here is the earlier type of presentation that Ratnakar would now clearly like the public to forget all about. It is a statement a prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of Management,V.Srinivasan, chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India, made on the same day as the Central Trust made its tediously waffling major public statement, couched verbatim, in this portion, in both cases:
“In the light of baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that the accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed these have been engineered by certain vested interests”. (Economic Times article: ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST).
Sathya Sai Baba Scandal: View RJ Ratnakar’s Body Language In NDTV Interview On Sai Trust ‘Transparency’. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 29, 2011
NOTE: Writers on the Sathya Sai saga, like Robert Priddy, Brian Steel and myself have long exposed the tissues of lies that Sai Trust officials spin to devotees at large and to others. But what devotees were prepared to use their critical faculties in the least? Very few indeed. Against all their knowledge down the years that we were not (as Sai Baba said of us) ‘Demons’, ‘Judases’, and that we had paltry money motives, they mindlessly preferred to listen to the deceitful avowals of leaders such as Indulal Shah, Dr Michael Goldstein – see: Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips), Dr G. Venkataraman, and so on – see:Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist