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Clarity – The Treasure Sathya Sai Baba Denied His Devotees

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 2, 2011

There is nothing quite like clarity.

Here is an excellent English-language Indian television report. It is good to see ordinary people who live and work in Puttaparthy being mined for their views. They have large concerns about the veracity of Sathya Sai Central Trust officials. My reader might like to look at the far more convincing body language at the interviewees in the streets of Puttaparthi, than of Sathya Sai Central Trust officials:

Sai Baba Trust money: Puttaparthi wants clarity

(For this NDTV report, click on title above or on photo below)

Puttaparthi citizens have grave trust issues about Sai Central Trust

In the archives of various movements of dissent against authoritarian cults, there is, perhaps, nothing that so frequently recurs and obscures clarity like bad old-fashioned blindness to the testimony of those who have raised their voices. Dissenters almost get used to the strong tendency to fallacious argument, or else the refusal to study any writing which remotely questions the adherents’ rigid belief system.

Until citizens suffer – very often from the involvement of their children or close friends in cults – they themselves have another sort of blindness. It is a perilous naiveté. Clearly, the time to address a threat to civil society is at that stage one may call ‘the Weimar Republic Stage’. Otherwise, in worst case scenarios a Hitler arises and holds sway. Even a little blindness can make people stumble.

Sathya Sai Baba devotees may try all they like to avert their devotion-steeped gaze from all the scandal revelations of the last weeks. First, Sai Baba died in a year very different to his widely known prediction of AD 2022. Then came official Sathya Sai websites carrying Procrustean, mangled and fallacious attempts to confuse issues about Lunar and Solar calendar dates. The ‘reasoning’ was so flawed that an alert high school student in clear-thinking exercises could rebut the poor logic, and spot how Sai Baba officials conveniently depart from the usual calendar reckonings in Sai literature.

Soon, the world was treated to reports about the opening of Sai Baba’s rooms, from which he had, it is said, barred all but his paramour, Satyajit, his favoured successor. Lo, dazzling riches enough to make old King Midas or Croesus don their darkest sunglasses.

The next days brought repeated finds of vast hidden treasures. The state police and government were involved, and we saw clear public proof of false and contradictory statements by Sai Central Trust officials. This was exposed in newspapers and television for millions in India to see. There were vast millions in various currencies. Heavy loadings of gold, silver, precious gems. Out-of-date choice foods, and luxury goods mouldered away. 

In regard to putrescence, I was reminded of the decaying mansion of Miss Haversham in Charles Dickens’ novel, “Great Expectations”. See: When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard

     

   Sai Dharmak.  

Sai Baba’s vast, secret treasure and rotting luxury food items hid behind external opulence

So much for Sathya Sai Baba’s and his officials historic claims that he never accumulated wealth and, moreover that “every naya paisa” is accounted for.

“For my sake (believe it or not) do not spend a naya paisa. Though 56 years have passed, I have not got even one shirt or gown stitched for Me. I am now wearing what is given by a student…” (Sathya Sai Speaks Volume XV. page 312.)

“Right from a tender age, I never received anything from others. I only give and give and give, I never receive.”
(Sanathana Sarathi October 1998, page 275)

Soon after the Yajur Mandir haul, large amounts of currency were transported, under great secrecy, with the full knowledge of the ashram’s head of security, Pradhan, from Puttaparthi in a van and a passenger bus. This lead to police arrests of the couriers – (See newpaper report below) Harish Nandasetty, who was caught carrying Rs 35.5 lakh in a Toyota Qualis at Kodikonda checkpost on Saturday night, before Hindpur Judicial First Class Magistrate Kamalakar Naidu. He was remanded in judicial custody till June 27 and the seized cash was handed over to the court. The other two – Chandrasekhar and Sohan Setty – were also produced before the magistrate and were remanded in judicial custody”.  Questioned for many hours were the Trust’s V. Srinivasan and R.J. Ratnakar (Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew). Has my reader noticed how it is the lower ranks who mostly get copped, and not the Mr Bigs?

Darkness still surrounds the issue about the money found on the bus, its original ownership and eventual destination or how such money can be moved about without accountability to any government authority, such as Inland Revenue. Or indeed any typical arrangement like an armoured security vehicle, with trained and armed security personnel. Or why such huge amounts were in cash and not in cheque form, as stated hitherto by the Trust. Commandeered Puttaparthi records themselves disproved the Trust’s story about donations by 12 donors.

No matter that the van and bus episodes came right on the heels of the discovery of many millions in currency and the gold, silver, precious gemstones and many other valuables that abounded in hiding places in Sai Baba’s private quarters, Ratnakar constantly harped, amid smiles of reassurance, on the transparency issue, when all the evidence argued an appalling lack of transparency and the biggest of messes. Ratnakar is the man who has worked to prevent Sai Baba’s favourite, Satyajit, from leadership of the Trust.

Trust public statements are now very few and ever more highly sanitized. A snippet on the heels of over five hours of police questioning Ratnakar got out in only one newspaper, as far as my internet searches could find. Other bulletins said how he gave no interview following his “grilling”. Then came news that Srinivasan gave no statement immediately after his five hours plus of police “grilling”. I search in vain for any since. At the time, I wrote:

“But how does one explain Trust workers clandestinely moving – in a van and in a bus – such vast amounts? In fact, right on the heels of the discovery of multi millions of cash, gemstones and other valuables secreted in walls and ceiling spaces and wherever else in Sai Baba’s bedroom? One may smile at the sheer gall, if not the dark arts of it all. Who are these donors? If the donations were genuine, what sort of security did they get for all their no doubt hard-earned money? An armoured vehicle? Nothing of the sort. Just the two Trust agents, the brothers Shetty,  one in a Qalis van, the other, at a different time, in a passenger bus.

Where, too, has gone any semblance of the Sathya Sai Central Trust’s duty of care for the safety of life and limb of its  workers on a money transportation assignment fraught with danger? This, in an area with trained eyes not only of individual criminals, criminal gangs, and private armies of feudal landlords but of ubiquitous, highly organized, armed political struggle groups such as the Naxalites (with countless splinter groups), the so-called Peoples’ War Group or PWG, etc. Many police and security authorities complain of the emasculation by Andhra Pradesh state politicians of state security and police cadres capable of action, and the pipe dream of thinking that negotiation and accommodation are going to work.

Why the earlier Trust assertions that donations are dealt with by cheque? Why such vast amounts of loose cash? Where is the accountability and transparency in all this?”

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

                 From the Telegraph, Calcutta article “Open Sesame! Baba and his chamber of secrets”

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The India Daily

Puttaparthi: Prashanti Nilayam CSO arrested

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Yajurveda Mandir Yajur Mandir V Srinivasan Satya Sai Baba Sathya Sai Central Trust members Sathya Sai Central Trust Sai Baba’s personal chamber RJ Ratnakar Puttaparthi Prashanti Nilayam CSO arrest Prashanti Nilayam Pradhan Harish Nanda CSO arrest Chief Security Officer

Police today  arrested Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Prashanti Nilayam, as part of their ongoing probe into the cash flow from Puttaparthi to Bangalore.

 According to sources, during investigation, it was found that Pradhan, a retired Air Force official, brought Rs 35.5 lakh out of Yajurveda Mandir, Sai Baba’s personal chamber, and handed it over to Sathya Sai Central Trust members RJ Ratnakar and V Srinivasan at the Shanti Bhavan. The cash was in turn given to Chandrasekhar, driver of Srinivasan, and later, was passed on to Sohan Setty and Harish Nanda.

The trio was caught by the police on Saturday night while transporting the cash to Bangalore. Police are likely to serve notices on Ratnakar and Srinivasan in a day or two, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Prashanti Nilayam was stunned into silence following the cash seizures in the last two days and disclosure by the police that the flight of capital from Puttaparthi to Bangalore was traced to some of the Sathya Sai Trust members.

Penugonda DSP Kolar Krishna, investigating officer of the case, produced Harish Nandasetty, who was caught carrying Rs 35.5 lakh in a Toyota Qualis at Kodikonda checkpost on Saturday night, before Hindpur Judicial First Class Magistrate Kamalakar Naidu. He was remanded in judicial custody till June 27 and the seized cash was handed over to the court.

The other two – Chandrasekhar and Sohan Setty – were also produced before the magistrate and were remanded in judicial custody.

On Sunday, Sathya Sai Trust member and Sai Baba’s nephew RJ Ratnakar had contradicted the police and claimed the trust had nothing to do with the cash. He had also claimed that 12 devotees of Baba, linked to the cash seizures, would explain themselves either to the court or the police by Monday. “No one has either approached us or contacted us till now. The cash belongs to the trust,” the Penugonda DSP said.

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Further Reading

Oprah Winfrey Show On Male Sexual Abuse: Sathya Sai Baba Cult Survivors Should Watch

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 21, 2011

Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2011

Young Male Sex Abuse: Legal ‘Locomotive’ Hurtles Towards Sai Baba’s Accomplices

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Young Male Sex Abuse: International Legal Challenge Will Confront Key Sathya Sai Baba Men

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 24, 2011

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Decay presides over Miss Haversham’s ruined mansion, as in Sai Baba’s

Rotting House In Dickens' novel Great Expectations' redolent of decay in Sathya Sai Baba's Secret living Quarters

The decay now found in Sathya Sai Baba’s quarters, which he locked off from all his servitors, it appears, except his male lover and carer Satyajit, is nothing like the ‘Satwic’ (Pure) quality of which he constantly preached. One may be somewhat reminded of Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’, and the wealthy old Mrs Havisham’s wretchedly decrepit mansion, quietly rotting away, like she herself. Indeed, rotting just as Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation is now doing. And rotting just as he was doing for some time before he died on 24 April 2011. The newspaper article below reports:

“The Swiss and Danish chocolates and huge cache of dry fruits which have passed the date of expiry were also found by the team”.

Though in a higher tragic key than Miss Haversham, Shakespeare’s King Lear, came through the “wheel of fire” to an ephiphany. For Miss Haversham light floods in at the last. And the light-bearers are the two young people, Pip and Miss Haversham’s adopted daughter Estella. Sathya Sai Baba brought the downfall of a great many boys and young men. These poor boys and young men (though many have come from rich homes) were, so to speak, Sathya Sai Baba’s Great Expectorations, that is, spittle  – for he used them, and he spat them out. For them, he was the darkness-bearer, showering some spurious light so that he would seem otherwise than what he was.

Miss Haversham, in her perversion of love and in her unrequited pain, revenged against men by trying to proof Estella forever against them, because of her long-ago romantic undoing by the wretched criminal Compeyson. In Sai Baba’s case, there was a similarity with a difference: He perversely ensured that the great numbers of boys he sexually abused would not, forever, be able to function with females. Indeed, we have well-documented his true anti-female sentiments (despite his hypocritical carry-on in glorifying statements about ‘sacred Indian womanhood’, and so forth. See:

Ladies Day – Sathya Sai Baba vs. Women’s Day and true female emancipation

A Few of Sathya Sai Baba’s Confused and Traditional Views On Women

At the end, Miss Haversham – at last being able to see in a mirror the pain of unrequited love in Pip, who so loved Estella, as she loved him – was able to understand his pain through her own pain of rejection. She was then able to make a good repentence. She says to Pip:  “Until you spoke to [Estella] the other day, and until I saw in you a looking-glass that showed me what I once felt myself, I did not know what I had done. What have I done! What have I done!”.

But where was Sathya Sai Baba’s repentence? He who ruined countless lives!  He who cursed those who questioned his conduct! How could he see himself when he looked into his secret hoard of glittering treasure? Or into all the glitzy opulence that he erected around himself? How could he see his true self from aloft his gold chariot and his gold thrones? How could he see that the God whom he proclaimed himself to be has never, unless by sick minds, been linked to the notion of pedophilia? It is left – if at all they are capable of it – for the members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust and the members of the international Sathya Sai Organization to repent. Do they wish to pain to go on, endlessly? If so, we shall pursue these evildoers until they speak the plain truth, and begin to make practical, meaningful amends. The rank-and-file, from whom so much was hidden, could at least start of apologize to those whom they have so cruelly shunned and allowed to be vilified, defamed and libeled, even thought they always knew them as good persons. The likes of Robert Priddy and I shall be glad to pass along our networks any news of such changes springing from contrite hearts

             Sathya Sai Baba Demonized His Critics. He consigned them to eternal Hell

In his fulminating, so-called ‘Christmas Discourse’ of 2000, he dared to denounce with utter hypocrisy. Loudly thumping his lecturn, and cheered on by thousands of profoundly duped devotees, he denounced apostates from him as: demons’, ‘Judases’, and saying that there will never be, in no matter how many lifetimes, any salvation for these persons. Nothing could be a greater distortion of Christ’s teachings of peace, love, forgiveness and hope of atonement.

The persons (yes, they are actually decent and good human beings, most respected in throughout their communites!) he condemned, I should add, at great cost to themselves, spoke out about his homosexual and many other abuses. They may be able to forgive, but forgiveness is a debt owed to ourselves, which means an inner letting-go, and should not, as all too many so-called ‘spiritual people’ do in their systemic confusing of forgiving and forgetting, instead mean letting go, scot free, bullies, thugs and abusers.

Sathya Sai Baba is dead. But many of his close accomplices are not. One cannot sue and gaol him, but one can have a strong go at sueing and gaoling them. He was at all times backed by an organization which cannot pass any rudimentary test for accountability or duty of care. They talk compassion and deny it in their very actions. The way in which they have treated former devotees – always hitherto in good stead in the Sai Baba organization, until their began asking fair and reasonable questions – is truly appalling.

That is to say, the Sathya Sai Central Trust and the international Sathya Sai Organization, in regard to which entities we are working on ways to bring to some kind of justice via large-scale litigation and pursuit of Sai criminals. Indeed, gaol sentences where possible. A lot depends on whether our teams can work around a corruption endemic in sections of India’s government, political, justice and police systems.

Our advancing forces – thanks especially to Jai Narain and his fine legal team – though badly delayed by a judge’s Order in the State of Karnataka of mutual non-disclosure, now have brought about one conviction, a sentence of three years, for a close lieutenant of Sathya Sai Baba, a foremost teacher, whom our records show as having serially and cruelly molested many young males. We shall now sort a lot further through our check lists – one miscreant after another.

Whistleblowers, do make sure that you increasinly whistleblow! Survivors of abuses by those Sai officials did not protect you against, do demand the right to some healing and compensation for the terrible offences committed against you! And all who would be good citizens, and not lost in airy, fine-sounding, so-called ‘spiritual’ abstractions, please do send stark messages to offenders about our need to excercise practical compassion, duty of care, and apply democratic processes in governance of institutions.

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Deccan Herald

Sunday 24 July 2011

Goods found believed to have been gifted by the devotees from across the world
Perfumes, sarees form Sai Baba’s inventory
Hyderabad, July 23, DHNS:
French perfumes, shampoos, shaving kits, Swiss chocolates, boxes full of imported dry fruits and silk sarees were some of the personal belongings of Sathya Sai Baba among an obscene amount of gold, silver and cash recovered at Yajurmandir.
Yajurmandir, the residence of Sathya Sai Baba and his aide Sathyajit, also threw light on the lifestyle of the godman, revered as the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai.“Baba used perfumes to smell good when he gave darshan to thousands of devotees, and gave personal interviews to dignitaries who will be sitting close to him,” recalled a devotee at Prasahanti Nilayam.While there is no brand-wise perfume list available with the revenue officers, they could recall latest and rarest kind of perfumes and toiletries stocked at Yajurmandir.The revenue officials of Anantapur district during the three rounds of inventory taking completed on July 20, also found thousands of pure silk sarees, dhotis and shirts at Yajurmandir. Baba used to present the sarees to a few select women devotees and also distribute among the volunteers who do free “seva” at Prashanti Nilayam. A large number of silver and gold “mangala sutrams” were also found during the inventory.

Electronic gadgets

“We also found electronic gadgets of various makes that one could dream of and around 5,000 watches that include Rado, Tag Heuer and mostly Swiss hand-made watches,” the awestruck revenue officials, who took part in the inventory sessions from June 2, said.

These goods believed to have been gifted by the devotees from across the world, indicate the love and affection they had for Sai Baba. The revenue officers also stumbled upon two gold garlands, each weighing 6-7 kg under a table.

The Swiss and Danish chocolates and huge cache of dry fruits which have passed the date of expiry were also found by the team.

“These might be gifted by devotees from abroad, but one wonders why they were not distributed and left to rot,” a senior officer from the revenue department deputed to  make inventory, recalled.

The inventory making, which still has to open the personal living quarter of Sathya Sai Baba.  The officials also found 40 pairs of saffron robes, 75 silver glasses each weighing 700 gm in a carton, thousands of gold rings and gold-plated fancy earrings.

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PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PUT ANY OF THESE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE OR ELSEWHERE! Those of you who are psychologists, police etc., do kindly confer with your colleagues who specialize in body language, and voice prints. These are but a couple of forensic areas where those in the Sathya Sai Central Trust and International Sathya Sai Organization can, I assert, be soundly exposed, and our witnesses around the world be shown to be telling the truth. Large numbers of former followers and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba and his Cult have been branded liars and deceivers. These we are not, as we wish to put beyond doubt as cases come are heard in properly-constituted Courts of law, television interviews and so on.

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Is Isaac Tigrett Sai Baba’s ‘Walking Will’? Guru Purnima Revelation Or A Fall?

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 14, 2011

At any time, has the Sathya Sai Central Trust cast public aspersions against the huge donor to Sai Baba’s work , Isaac Tigrett? He is the famed  founder of the international chain of Hard Rock Cafes and the House of Blues?

No, they have not. Do they do so now? Again, no.

 Tigrett has long been a trusted and close associate of Sathya Sai Baba. Indeed, we may eventually discover what mounting evidence already suggests:  Sai Baba did not trust the Sathya Sai Trust. Most of all, he trusted his young paramour Satyajit, who has now been sidelined by seasoned power players, such as R.J. Ratnakar and V. Srinivasan. And, in one of the strangest developments in the already strange Sai saga,we find an extraordinary example of Sai Baba’s trust for Isaac Tigrett.

In a video posted to the internet a month ago (see details below), Tigrett has undertaken to make a momentous statement on Friday 15 July 2011, a major Hindu festival. Tomorrow ……  There was one rider, though. He said (See his Times Now interview):

“I will at his approval – ah – give this information to the Sai Organization, if they wish to approach me”.

The Trust’s response to media (via a lawyer member, Naganand), could not be more clear. They do not intend to approach Tigrett. He said:

“If Bhagwan has given his instructions in sacred talks it is his business to come and tell us. If he doesn’t he can’t expect us to go and ask. I don’t think those discussion or instruction they had from Bhagwan have any value today as they were all personal instructions.”

But questions arise – What, in these days of immense disruption and confusion within the Sai movement, in exactly what might this entity consist? And what might be its supreme command center? Is it the Sathya Sai Central Trust? Or the international Sathya Sai Organization? Will Tigrett, long known to have something of a mind of his own, be quite happy to bypass the likes of Rathnakar and Srinivasan and deal with the wider organized fold of Sai devotees? Not least those great many donors who are deeply suspicious about the trustworthiness of the Sai Central trust – or some members of it. And concerned about how, exactly, their donations were disposed. We are talking billions, and not in rupees, either!

In various Sai devotee magazines, Isaak Tigrett – who has long maintained a relative degree of frankness that markedly contrasts with Sai Baba officials around the world – has spoken of how, the Indian Sai Trust officials constantly thwarted him. This was even though Sai Baba had put him in charge of arrangements to equip the Superspeciality Hospital at Puttaparthi, the multi-million dollar project  which Tigrett in fact funded for (according to figures we have heard) some 49 million US dollars, and not sums such as the 108 million so often spoken of in Sai Baba circles round the world.  My reader might find it instructive to hear a telephone recording of David Bailey, formerly Sai Baba’s closest western devotee who knew Tigrett and many other key Sai Organization players from India and abroad. See below.  See also:  Truth In Action: David and Faye Bailey Vs Sathya Sai Baba and: David Bailey and Thomas Wiehe. Transcript Of Phone Link: Sathya Sai Abuses

Sai Baba had trust issues in that Sai could not trust the Sai Trust

Given the vast millions in currency, gold, silver and many other valuables Sathya Sai Baba stashed away in quarters away from which, according to all reports, he kept even his closest confidants  (except Satyajit), one may not unduly wonder that he was secretive in the extreme.

The Sai Trust contests Tigrett’s statement. It is one that has drawn sections of the Indian media to refer to Tigrett as perhaps being Sai Baba’s “walking Will”. Tigrett has portrayed himself as keeper of a great secret Sai Baba entrusted to him in the witness of another. The name of this individual’s  name is not yet revealed, but Tigrett says that it is a distinguished devotee of Sai Baba.

But what legal status could any such custodianship have? The matter is fraught with oddity. However, if those forces among Sai devotees at large have confidence in the word of Tigrett and the witness to whom he refers, the succession game may change radically. And in doing so sweep Ratnakar and Srinivasan abruptly aside. There are many reports of grave concern in the wider Sai organization, and, in the 50 minutes version of his talk (at Sai Baba’s Dharmakshetra in Mumbai), it is not surprising to hear Tigrett make an impassioned plea to all devotees to stop rumor-mongering, and to come together as a “loving Sai family”. But his use of graphs detailing newspaper reports can be seriously criticised. Any reader not blinded by faith can see that a great deal of the reportage in the more responsible sectors of the Indian press have reported and raised questions that any professional newspaper has a duty to do. All his talk of focusing on praying for all the members of the Sai Trust, and sending out love, simply aids and abets the profound lack of accountability and transparency which have brought the Sai Baba world to its present unhappy pass.

Nagananda, Trustee, Sathya Sai Central Trust Board (See newspaper report below) says:

“Bhagwan had a one to one interaction with lot of people and it was an interaction between guru and devotee. So really it is one’s own personal experience. Swami’s administration was different from personal relationships built between devotee and guru. Those personal relationships had nothing to do with the administration of the ashram.”

But it needs no lawyer like Naganand to see that the Sai Trust’s stance on this issue, at least, is normative. That is to say, in countless legal systems around the world, a person’s Will and Testament are to be recorded in writing. There is a number of precautionary requirements, and provisions for certain contingencies – see,  Making a will (The Law Society, UK).

Vital questions will be: 

  • Who was the witness to whom Tigrett refers?
  • Was any substantive matter recorded in writing and signed by Sathya Sai Baba?
  • Did any such document contain any witnessing signature? 

Has Tigrett Lost His Marbles, Too?

Heaven knows what a “walking will” is, if anything. If Tigrett has lost his famed acumen acquired in building hugely successful international businesses, he gravely risks, after his promised statement (due this Friday, if he makes it), being made an international laughing-stock.

Of course, we shall need to wait until Friday. My readers may just be able to hold their breath until that time.

                             Full video with whole statement is at http://vimeo.com/24685452

Wealthy Donor Isaac Tigrett. Says he is Sai Baba's "Walking Will"

In his writings, my colleague Robert Priddy has focused on a number of details that would appear to write Tigrett off as a considerable eccentric. The evidence does not look good for Tigrett, admittedly. Priddy writes:

“Isaac Tigrett has stated that Sathya Sai Baba – who Tigrett worships as God Incarnate etc. etc. – gave him a crystal skull at an interview where the object just appeared in Sai Baba’s hands (as posted recently on my blog). Tigrett believes in the supernatural power of this skull and that cosmic balance depends on it (somehow) and that it carries a cosmic curse which can destroy the earth – as can be seen from the pages copied from the Internet below”.

I shared a nearby desk with Tigrett in my editing days at Puttaparthi, and got the sense of a man with his marbles intact. Perhaps mine weren’t, and I may remain the more mistaken, but I sensed a man of clarity and straightness. Indeed, he was upfront with the BBC – which none of Sai Baba’s officials were. Tigrett was frank with the BBC interviewer in ‘The Secret Swami’, Tanya Datta:


ISAAC TIGRETT
Interviewed by the BBC in the one-hour documentary ‘THE SECRET SWAMI’

Tanya Datta: But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you¹re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru. (Tigrett laughs at this rather wildly, see picture on left)
Isaac Tigrett:
Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He could go out and murder someone tomorrow, as I said, it’s not going to change my evolution, it’s not going to change the good things that have come out of my relationship down there.
Tanya Datta: Does that mean that some part of you believes there could be some truth to the rumours?
Isaac Tigrett:Oh, absolutely I believe there is truth to the rumours.
Tanya Datta: You believe there is truth to the rumours?
Isaac Tigrett: Sure, there probably is, probably is.
(Click to view video clip of this episode- file size 1.34 MB)

Mind you, billionaires can afford a wee bit of integrity, and, in any case, have minions to get dirty hands so that the big boss can look good.

My nutshell view is this:

That as Sathya Sai Baba increasingly faced enormous problems – particularly after circa 2000 and our movement of exposure and devotee exit from the international Sathya Sai Organization – he behaved like the man he was instead of the God that he thought he was. For example, in his 2000 Christmas Day discourse, he lost his cool publicly.

The huge upsurge of bad publicity – chiefly via the exponential growth of the internet – threw Sai Baba and his minders into many tailspins. Secrets which, by means of political and other types of influence, the inner circle of the Sai Trust had  suppressed hitherto now surfaced. And with great force – right round the world.

From the minders’ point of view, the ‘cats’ being let out of ‘bags’ must have seemed to scream, and to be tiger toothed and clawed. Never before had their damage control instincts and skills been so challenged.

In 1997, after reports of scandals were already starting to surface more widely, my having not been to Puttaparthi for 15 years, one of the first things that struck me were Sai Baba’s highly controlled, rigidly choreographed movements to and fro. I mentioned this observation to Chris Parnell, a foremost leader in the Australian Sathya Sai Organization. A little later, he said to me, with an air of some mystery: “You are going to have a lot of work to do when you get back to Australia”. I took this to mean that harm stemming from allegations about Sai Baba sexually molesting many boys and young men was going to have to be addressed.

This along with Sai Baba’s seriously declining health, both mentally and physically, allowed the power players around him increasingly to stage-manage him publicly and browbeat him privately. He could have his boys and young men, but be far more careful. And for godssake  contain the foreigner situation, because if you don’t the vast donation base will be heavily jeopardized.

Of Sathya Sai Baba’s increasing lack of poise, In 2003, I wrote:

“Clearly losing his nerve in response to our intense government, police, media and internet pressure, Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on Christmas Day 2000 far from celebrated Christmas themes, such as wishing ‘peace and goodwill to all men’. The Times of India, 26 December, 2000 headlined: ‘Sai Baba Lashes Out At His Detractors’. He extensively boasted his social works (actually they are overwhelmingly those of his devotees). Jealousy and reception of money motivated us, he said. Very terrible is the karmic future he evoked for us: ‘Betrayal of God is the worst of all betrayals. It will not be atoned no matter how many births are experienced'”.

Robert Priddy, former cofounder and head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway, on Isaak Tigrett

Isaac Tigrett’s announcement of secrets Sai Baba told him

Posted by robertpriddy on June 23, 2011

Isaac Tigrett, Sathya Sai Baba and the crystal skull

Posted by robertpriddy on October 7, 2008

Isaac Tigrett – the fantasies & fall of a Sai Baba supporter

Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2008

On Tigrett’s donation to the Superspeciality Hospital at Puttaparthi, Priddy notes:

“Word has long had it in the Sai movement that Tigrett donated over $100 million, at least. However, David Bailey, who was a very close follower of Sai Baba (until he finally blew the whistle), and who knew all the Sai ‘veranda VIPs’ well, knew that Tigrett gave $49 million dollars, of which $15 million simply disappeared. unaccountably. (Hear the phone call where he details this). Tigrett wrote an article – published in some Sai magazines – where he told how he was put in charge of the hospital equipping project by Sai Baba, but was frozen out by the ashram and Central Trust and had great problems doing many things due to the huge egos he encountered”.

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I will reveal Sathya Sai Baba’s secret soon: Hard Rock Cafe founder
Published: Thursday, Jun 23, 2011, 16:13 IST
Place: Puttaparthi | Agency: ANI
Sathya Sai Baba and Isaac Tigrett

An American devotee of the late Sathya Sai Baba has said that he will reveal a closely kept secret of the Godman in six weeks.

Sixty-four-year-old Isaac Tigrett, a businessman of Jackson, Tennessee, made a startling revelation that ‘he is a living will of Bhagwan‘.

Speaking to the Times Now television channel, Tigrett, who is also the founder of Hard Rock and House of Blues and lives in Sai Baba’s ashram Prasanthi Nilayam, said that Sai Baba gave him instructions on how he wanted the ashram to be run after his death.

Trustees of Sathya Sai Baba, however, have rubbished Tigrett’s claim, saying that the spiritual guru had no secrets.

Considering that Sathya Sai Baba left behind a considerable fortune, there is almost a scramble among his successors to know what the secret is all about.

Nagananda, Trustee, Sathya Sai Central Trust Board said, “Bhagwan had a one to one interaction with lot of people and it was an interaction between guru and devotee. So really it is one’s own personal experience. Swami’s administration was different from personal relationships built between devotee and guru. Those personal relationships had nothing to do with the administration of the ashram.”

“Whenever some instructions were given & Bhagwan wanted action to be taken on that instruction, he would inform the administration like the secretary. If somebody got some instructions from Bhagwan it is their bonded duty to pass it on. They cant expect us to go an ask that have you got instructions, what that is and why don’t you tell us?,” added the trustee.

He added, “If Bhagwan has given his instructions in sacred talks it is his business to come and tell us. If he doesn’t he can’t expect us to go and ask. I don’t think those discussion or instruction they had from Bhagwan have any value today as they were all personal instructions.”

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Sathya Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar – Long Police Interrogation. Intensive Investigations Continue

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011

Latest reports in the Indian media reveal that the Anantapur district police have questioned a leading Sathya Sai Central Trust member, Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew R.J. Ratnakar for over five hours. He has refused media interviews. Police have scheduled for Monday 27 June an interview with another prominent Sathya Sai Central Trust member, V. Srinivasan.

As matters stand, there is glaring contradiction between statements of Srinivasan, who has admitted Trust involvement in extraordinary movements of cash, and of R.J. Ratnakar, who says that the money is actually from 12 donors, and can be explained.

But how does one explain Trust workers clandestinely moving – in a van and in a bus – such vast amounts – and right on the heels of the discovery multi millions of cash, gemstones and other valuables secreted in Sai Baba’s bedroom? Where is the transparency in this?

Information is abroad that R.J. Ratnakar has been attempting to involve a number of Sai Baba students in attempts to cover up certain of the financial irregularities, but that the boys and their families have refused to have anything to do with any improper dealings.

See Hindu Times article, below.

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For those with information, I can be contacted at this blogsite. Or via:  barpittard@gmail.com. Where special security/confidentiality needs may be called for, there are protocols available. My colleague Robert Priddy and I have dealt with many international situations involving private individuals, media, government and institutions, and confidentiality is assured.

It may be that some fear going to various agencies in the Indian state or federal police. A former head of Interpol in Australia has assured me that there are workarounds in situations of this kind. Should anyone in India wish to share this level of information, please feel welcome to write to me.

Barry Pittard, former Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.

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For some salient attitudes derived from my several years in India, see portions of my article:

Could Sathya Sai Treasury Scandals Lead to India’s Watergate?

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 23, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba – The Man Who Would Be ‘King of Kings’

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 27, 2011

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NOTE:

This V. Srinivasan is chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India. Various Sai Baba devotees have typically referred to him as:  “Venu”.  In certain Indian media reports, there has been a mix-up in with a Mr Venu Srinivasan, one of India’s top industrialists, who belongs to the TVS group, a Chennai-based industrial group. Concerned lest the V. Srinivasan of TVS be harmed by the heavy national media attention to  the Sathya Sai Central Trust’s V.Srinivasan, also chairman of the WS Industries, Chennai,  TVS has sent out a media clarification.

This type of mix-up was addressed, for example, in the Economic Times:

Sathya Sai Baba death: Who will succeed him as chairman of Sai Trust?

ET Bureau Apr 25, 2011, 01.53am IST

“In March 2010, the Trust was reconstituted and included, apart from Baba, the following members: former chief justice of India PN Bhagawati; chartered accountant Indulal Shah; former central chief vigilance commissioner SV Giri; WS Industries chairman V Srinivasan (commonly misunderstood for Venu Srinivasan of TVS Motors); and Rathnakar. Also, the Trust’s council of management has the following members: lawyer SS Naganand; former Canara Bank chairman JV Shetty; former IOB chairman TKK Bhagavat; retired IAS official K Chakravarthi”.

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Front Page.

Police grill Ratnakar for over 5 hours Rakesh Reddy V.K

PUTTAPARTHI: R.J. Ratnakar, a Member of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, was grilled by Anantapur district police at the Prashanthi Nilayam on Saturday, in connection with the seizure of Rs.35 lakh in cash while it was being transported from here on June 18.

A team of police led by DSP of Penukonda Kolar Krishna interrogated Mr. Ratnakar, nephew of late Sai Baba, for more than five hours.

The interrogation is significant in light of the “confessions” to the police by K. Sohan Shetty of Bangalore and S. Chandrasekhara Murthy, driver of the car seized by the police. According to the remand report filed by the Circle Inspector of Hindupur One Town, Mr. Shetty (A2) confessed that Mr. Ratnakar and V. Srinivasan, another trustee, had given him Rs.35 lakh on June 18 to conceal and provide it as and when required.

The driver (A3) said during interrogation that the two trustees had brought the cash bag from Yajur Mandir, residence of Sai Baba, and kept it in a Sonata car. Later, on their directions, he transported the cash and handed it over to Mr. Shetty. “The Trust management or A2, who got possession of the cash, had failed to produce any document or record claiming the money belonged to them,” the report added.

According to sources, the police also questioned Mr. Ratnakar on the basis of the reported statements of Mr. Srinivasan, that the cash indeed belonged to the Trust and that it was just a rare occasion when the Trust decided to pay out in cash for construction of Sai Baba’s Samadhi. This was in contrast to Mr. Ratnakar’s own statement that the cash did not belong to the Trust but to 12 different donors, who would eventually claim it.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people took out a procession in Puttaparthi demanding the resignation of members of the Trust till such time that they prove themselves to be innocent.

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Reports of Sathya Sai Central Trust Van Laden With Treasure Seized By Andhra State Police

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 19, 2011

FLASH

This story seems only broken as yet via the India Today television news channel.

Overnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time), a usually reliable source of ours with Andhra Pradesh-related police sources reported that Andhra Pradesh State Police have intercepted a Sathya Sai Central Trust van heavily laden with treasure, and arrested three. It seems that the driver has confessed to being  an employee of the Trust. 

Key words noted in the India Today news segment include:

 “Puttaparthi cash haul”……. ” huge cash seized from Sai Baba trust van”………. “Sathya Sai Trust van intercepted and huge cash haul in bags” ……” Van and occupants arrested in Kodikonda checkpost in Ananthapur” ……. “driver confesses being Sathya Sai trust van driver coming from Puttaparthi”…….. “cash seized being held on the spot” ……currency counting machines being rushed to the spot”

Interesting Earlier Sathya Sai Central Trust Statements

This date of this Megamedia News article coincides with the day of Sai Baba’s death:  Sai Baba’s wealth in distress now. 3:22 PM, Monday, April 25th, 2011. But, as reported in an Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST, a prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of ManagementVenu Srinivasan stated:

“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).

In a very long Press Release by The Trustees and the Council of Management of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust on April 28, 2011 (four days after Sai Baba’s death), it is stated:

18. In light of the baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that these accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed that these have been engineered by certain vested interests with a view to defame the fair name of the Trust, its functionaries and the Trustees. There is no truth whatsoever in these allegations.

19. All transactions of the Trusts are duly accounted in their books of account. An experienced and qualified chartered accountant oversees the accounting and financial management. The accounts are duly audited by a reputed firm of Chartered Accountants based at Delhi. Periodical returns, accounts and audit reports as prescribed by law are duly filed with the concerned authorities under the Income Tax Act, FCRA and other applicable statutes. There is no proceeding initiated against any of the Trusts by any authority under any statute alleging any impropriety or violation of law.”

But who can possibly believe them?

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An old article of mine springs into relevance: 

Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2007

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See next article to follow the above – to be front paged tomorrow: 

After Decades of Dormancy, Some Indian Media Now Question Sathya Sai Baba

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The Telegraph. Calcutta

Open sesame! Baba & his chamber of secrets
G.S. RADHAKRISHNA
From the Telegraph, Calcutta article “Open Sesame! Baba and his chamber of secrets”


June 17: Nike and Adidas sneakers. Whole cupboards of perfume and hairspray. Packets full of — and gold crowns studded with — diamonds.

Total worth Rs 35 crore and counting.

The world knew that Sai Baba lived in a cocoon of riches. Only since yesterday has it seen for itself.

Around 8.30 on Thursday morning, the doors were thrown open at Yajur Mandir, the late spiritual leader’s two-storey living quarters at the centre of his Puttaparthi ashram that had been out of bounds for almost everyone for the past 25 years.

A team of chartered accountants, income-tax and bank officials, and members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust walked into the half-dozen rooms to which only Satyajit, the monk’s personal attendant for the past 20 years, had so far had access.

What they found, after Satyajit negotiated the combination locks and biometric security, left everyone staggered, ashram sources said.

If the Rs 11.5 crore in currency notes stashed in cabinets were a surprise, hardly anyone had expected separate almirahs for hair spray and expensive shoes, for dry fruits and biscuits. (See chart)

Thirty-six hours on, the bank officials and student volunteers from the Sathya Sai Educational Institute had just finished counting the cash, aided by three machines from the State Bank of India (SBI). The inventory of jewellery and stones was still incomplete late tonight.

“There are numerous cloth packets with diamonds, whose number and value has not yet been assessed. They and most other valuables will be shifted to the vaults of the SBI’s Puttaparthi branch,” said a trust member.

Some of the gold, silver and personal belongings will stay on at Yajur Mandir, which will be converted into a museum for the monk, who is believed to have left behind assets of Rs 40,000 crore to Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Only a handful of VIP visitors had ever been inside the building, and even they would have seen only the outer chamber where the Sai Baba received them.

The complex was locked immediately after the monk was admitted to hospital on March 28, four weeks before he died on April 24. Even yesterday and today, nobody other than the official team was allowed in. Nobody except one unexpected visitor.

Tata visit

If the riches were a surprise, a second surprise greeted the ashram authorities this morning. Industrialist Ratan Tata, a Sai Baba devotee, arrived unannounced at the Prashanti Nilayam.

Tata flew into Bangalore by a chartered plane and drove in a Mercedes to Puttaparthi, 435km from Hyderabad. He was allowed to enter Yajur Mandir as a special case and spent 45 minutes there.

“He was searching for something he wanted to check. We don’t know what he was looking for and whether he found it, but he did not take anything,” one of the trustees said.

A Sai Institute student who was there said: “Our trust member Ratnakar Raju (a nephew of Sai Baba) spent about 15 minutes with Tata discussing something.”

Tata left Puttaparthi in the evening.

Related Readings

Sathya Sai Baba Buried Treasure: Media and Government Need To Probe Sai Central Trust

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 18, 2011

‘Secret Swami’ (Late) Sai Baba: Vast Millions In Hoard Found Hidden In His Palace-Temple

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 18, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba’s Residence Unlocked. Vast Treasury Uncovered

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 17, 2011

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Sathya Sai Baba Buried Treasure: Media and Government Need To Probe Sai Central Trust

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 18, 2011

The Indian correspondent whom I mentioned in my blogs of the last two days has, in addition, raised a number of questions that may fairly be asked of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. See below. The preceding blogs are: – see:  ‘Secret Swami’ (Late) Sai Baba: Vast Millions In Hoard Found Hidden In His Palace-Temple and: ‘Secret Swami’ (Late) Sai Baba: Vast Millions In Hoard Found Hidden In His Palace-Temple

Events preceding and following Sathya Sai Baba’s death on 25 April, 2011, show how enmeshed in succession struggles the Trust has been, and also how the Trust now stands glaringly exposed for having attempted to blame the media for reports which, as it turns out, has proven remarkably correct.

It is the type of vilifying attacks that the Trust made on many former Sai devotees (including former highly respected leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization), and on the BBC and other western media which ran investigative stories on Sathya Sai Baba and his international cult.

It can be seen in a Central Trust public statement published in a number of Indian newspapers. Speaking on behalf of the Trustees and the Council of Management, Venu Srinivasan stated: 

“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).

In his  Christmas Day Discourse 2000, as our movement of exposure gained tremendous impetus – greatly enhanced  by the exponential rising power of internet communication –  Sai Baba, loudly thumping his lectern several times during the discourse, made statements such as:

“These types of publicity are shameless. Truly they are not human beings at all. The ones who put obstacles in the way of all sacred works are demons, not human beings. The determined vow of Sai will never change, even if demons like this may be all over the world”. 

The insidious technique is typical of cover up the world over:  depersonalize and libel the perceived adversary.  Sathya Sai Baba himself had long set the tone among his chief servitors.  Those such as Dr G. Venkataraman have used it unconscionably. See:  Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

The full Central Trust statement our Indian correspondent refers to is to be found at: 

http://www.saibabaofindia.com/press-release-trustees-sri-sathya-sai-central-trust-28042011.htm

The writer says:

“Note the points 18 and 19 in that statement:

18. In light of the baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that these accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed that these have been engineered by certain vested interests with a view to defame the fair name of the Trust, its functionaries and the Trustees. There is no truth whatsoever in these allegations.

19. All transactions of the Trusts are duly accounted in their books of account. An experienced and qualified chartered accountant oversees the accounting and financial management. The accounts are duly audited by a reputed firm of Chartered Accountants based at Delhi. Periodical returns, accounts and audit reports as prescribed by law are duly filed with the concerned authorities under the Income Tax Act, FCRA and other applicable statutes. There is no proceeding initiated against any of the Trusts by any authority under any statute alleging any impropriety or violation of law.”

Today, after the staggering amount of cash and gold, silver and jewels were found in Sai Baba’s personal chamber, and with the national print and electronic media blasting SB in their headlines…perhaps the SB trust, left with no choice have issued a press statement….curiously, it’s from Ratnakar who was from the beginning accusing other SB trust members.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/sai-baba-trusts-statement-on-cash-gold-discovered-113053

Now here are my questions  for the Sai Baba trust.

1. That seized wealth consisting of 100 kg of gold, 300 kg of silver, diamonds and almost Rs 12 crores of cash in Sai Baba’s personal chamber , now common public knowledge, whose is it ?

2. Since the SB trust had categorically denied presence of any gold or cash earlier on April 28th, what is the explanation now ?

3. Is it the personal property of Sai Baba and not that of the SB central trust ?

4. Since Sai Baba had no known occupation and had not filed income tax returns even once in his life, how was he in possession of the above enormous wealth, with no papers with them ?

5. According to Indian law, anyone with intention of transacting more than Rs 20,000 has to furnish PAN ( permanent account number for Income tax assesses) and do so with proper documents. Did Sai Baba have such a PAN and how did he have such a huge cash/gold stock ?

6. If it is not Sai Baba’s wealth, then whose is it and who gave it to him ? If so, why did he not issue a receipt for it (in the name of the SB trust, and make it official)?

7. If it was part of genuine donations given by devotees, why was donations of 100kg of gold and 300kg of silver and Rs 12 crores of cash accepted by the SB trust ( or SB himself), and not declared to the income tax and govt departments ?

8. If the above discovered wealth was neither the property of Sai Baba nor the property of the trust, why has it been deposited in the account of the SB trust in State bank of India ? shouldn’t it be turned over to the Income tax authorities or Enforcement directorate with a proper official statement that says “we found it, we don’t know what or whose property this is, there are no papers or documents about this, so we are turning it over to proper authorities ” ? Isn’t this the legal , ethical and moral duty of any charity organization?

9. On a larger issue, irrespective of the several legal questions, can the SB trust explain why its founder and “avatar” Sai Baba thought fit to hoard 100s of kilograms of gold, silver, diamonds and several millions of dollars in hard cash in his own bedroom ? Even multi billionaires don’t keep this kind of wealth under their beds. What did Sai Baba need it for?

10. As it is clearly indicated now that far bigger loads of wealth had been spirited out of the residence the moment Sai Baba was hospitalized, will the SB trust retract its earlier statement of April 28th, and acknowledge the fact that huge sums of money and gold had indeed been kept hidden by Sai Baba in his bedroom, and that this is illegally concealed and unaccounted black money with no source shown, no papers and not accounted anywhere. Will the SB trust do so to devotees of Sai Baba at least, or will the SB trust be willing to face a press conference consisting of senior media personnel and members of civil society ?”

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Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

Sathya Sai Baba World Cult At Odds With Itself

How Sai Baba devotees behave and why

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‘Secret Swami’ (Late) Sai Baba: Vast Millions In Hoard Found Hidden In His Palace-Temple

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 18, 2011

Yesterday, I blogged on an email we received from an Indian correspondent long known to us, and included a number of links to the last 24 hours or so of Indian press reportage of the huge stash of money and valuables secreted in Sathya Sai Baba’s palatial private quarters. See: Sathya Sai Baba’s Residence Unlocked. Vast Treasury Uncovered.                           Sathya Sai Baba’s visible opulence contains vast secret stash of money and valuables

In the last two days, the Indian media has just tapped a treasury of potent news to shake up and down in its headlines. Of course, making up for lost time in factual reportage on Sathya Sai Baba is out of the question; for it has an extremely poor record of almost all sections in publishing critically on Sathya Sai Baba.

But now – not least at a time when many Sai Baba devotees in India are starting to speak out and ask accountability and transparency questions – the Indian media can hardly fail to report properly on matters such as the huge treasure hoard just opened up, many unanswered questions about the circumstances of Sai Baba’s illness and death, the internicine fights over succession, and so on.

For decades, almost all of the Indian media has shirked critical comment on Sathya Sai Baba. We know from our private dealings that well-informed journalists, politicians and government officials in India know much about the dark side of Sathya Sai Baba. All the talk about ‘Shining India’ or ‘Incredible India’ does the greatest disservice to its creditable figures. They are shining. They are incredible. But they are too few. The untold corruption makes the country incredibly hard to deal with, a fact relented endlessly by decent Indians themselves and everyone else who has professional, government, financial, trade and other connections with India. ‘

That the Indian media could allow respected media overseas to make the running in exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his profoundly authoritarian and secretive cult is to its utter discredit. 

Here are just a few of this morning’s headlines:

Puttaparthi Saibaba’s rich room!

Trust officials find Sai Baba’s room of gold

Treasure found from Sai Baba’s chamber

Sathya Sai Baba’s Personal Chamber Opened

Here is a succinct report (published today, but dated yesterday) from the Indo Asian News Service, which, by the way, in marked contradistinction, we have found professional and reasonable to deal with

Hyderabad, June 17 (IANS) Around Rs.12 crore in cash and nearly 100 kg of gold were found in the personal chamber of late spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam, his ashram in Puttaparthi in Anantapur district, a trust official said Friday.

A day after the Sathya Sai Central Trust opened the locks of the Baba’s personal chamber, Yajur Mandir, his nephew and trust member R.J. Ratnakar Friday evening announced details of the cash and valuables found inside.

He told reporters at Puttaparthi that the trust members found Rs.11.56 crore, 98 kg gold and gold jewelery, 307 kg silver articles in the personal chamber where nobody was alloweed to enter. Ratnakar said the cash would be deposited with the State Bank of India (SBI).

Some bank officials and about 15 disciples of Baba, in the presence of trust members, have since Thursday counted the cash with the help of currency counting machines. The Yajur Mandir is an opulent residence built by Baba.

Ratnakar said Baba’s residential quarter was opened in the presence of all five members of the trust. A former judge of the Supreme Court, A.P. Misra, and former Karnataka High Court judge Vaidyanathan were present as independent witnesses while an assessor approved by the Income Tax department was there to evaluate the gold, jewellery and silver.

Ratnakar claimed the idea behind the whole exercise was to make an inventory of all the items in a transparent manner.

The trust reportedly found gold statues of Hindu gods and diamonds.

Ratnakar, however, denied that they found any will of Baba. He also evaded queries if the trust found any documents about Baba’s personal caregiver Satyajit. There are speculations that the spiritual guru wanted to make Satyajit his successor or a member of the powerful trust.

Yajur Mandir, also known as Yajurveda Mandir, had remained closed ever since Sathya Sai Baba was hospitalised March 28 with multi-organ dysfunction. He died April 24.

There were allegations by a section of devotees that large amounts of cash and gold jewelery were shipped out of the place when Baba was battling for life. The trust, however, has denied this.

Some devotees were also demanding that the locks of Baba’s personal chamber be opened in their presence or at least in the presence of media persons.

The trust, which manages the huge spiritual empire led by Baba, owns assets in Puttaparthi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities.

Meanwhile, the trust has decided to open Yajur Mandir for devotees on July 15. It also plans to open a museum at Prashanti Nilayam to showcase the personal belongings of the spiritual guru.

Related news:

  1. 98 kg gold, Rs.12 crore cash found in Sathya Sai Baba’s chamber
  2. Sathya Sai Baba’s personal chamber opened
  3. Trust decides to open Sathya Sai Baba’s personal chamber
  4. Crucial meet of Sathya Sai trust after funeral
  5. Sathya Sai Trust defers selection of new chairman

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Sathya Sai Baba Buried Treasure: Media and Government Need To Probe Sai Central Trust

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Further Reading

Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession

Commonwealth Games: ‘Shining India’s’ Mismanagement By Crisis. Sai Baba Not Sighted

The Extreme Departure From Sathya Sai Baba’s Teachings By His Prominent Devotees

Police, Security and Sathya Sai Baba

Will India clean up its Augean police and political stables?

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Residence Unlocked. Vast Treasury Uncovered

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 17, 2011

NEWS FLASH 

Note:  I shall analyse Indian media reports just to hand, and write further, tomorrow.  Barry Pittard

From India, one of our correspondents writes:

“Sai Baba’s official residence ‘Yajur mandiram’, built at a cost of around Rs 35-40 crores ( $9-10 millions) in 2006, was opened yesterday by the SSB trust members after having been kept locked for the past 2 months. At 10 AM  Thursday morning, the key was brought from the State bank of India by the bank manager and the residence opened. My sources tell me (confirmed by some newspaper reports too) that a staggering amount of hard cash was discovered, in several currencies. It was so much that bank officials decided in 2 hrs to bring in many currency counting machines. At least 15-20 students were pressed into service to count the cash alone and it took them many hours to complete the job. Unofficial reports say that the cash alone would be in the range of several millions of dollars.

Referring to Sathya Sai Baba’s last and probably most important lover, Satjyajit, who has recently renounced any claim to headship of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, the same informant writes:

Satyajit was specially brought in by the SSB trust to identify all the places where the “divine treasure” has been stashed away, as he was the only one Sai Baba had trusted in his last few years. Apart from the huge cash haul, a large amount of gold, diamonds and precious jewelry has been found. Chains, lockets, rings etc in their hundreds were heaped in secret hiding places. Local sources say that this would only be a fraction of what had been originally inside Sai Baba’s residence as after his hospitalisation, several trucks of cash and gold had been reportedly spirited away by SSB trust members/their agents.

A few computers were also found inside the residence complex, and are reported to contain details of Sai Baba’s huge financial empire.

No government official was allowed to be present during the inspection process that lasted the whole day, but SSB trust members say they have videographed the inspection proceedings and would submit an inventory to the government soon SSB trust officials refused to comment or take questions, and Ratnakar, SSB’s nephew has said a statement would be issued within 24 hours”.

Apparently  Satyajit had to be brought in to open the personal chamber of Sai Baba because ultra sophisticated biometric security locking system had been installed and Satyajit alone could have opened it. Media was kept out-of-bounds, as were ordinary devotees and the public, even the police were not allowed in, and no district or revenue officials allowed into the compound.

This was reported by India Today even 2 weeks back in India Today, which, as we all know, had always taken an extra interest in Sai Baba. See:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/mystery-shrouds-sai-babas-personal-chamber/1/139965.html

The following are today’s news links in almost all major national newspapers.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Sai-Baba-s-personal-chamber-opened/Article1-710013.aspx

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/precious-diamonds-cash-found-satya-sai-baba%E2%80%99s-room-871

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2110641.ece

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nearly-2-month-after-Sathya-Sai-Babas-death-Yajur-Mandir-opened/articleshow/8881822.cms

This news item yesterday suggests  that the Sathya Sai Central Trust  was split about how much importance Satyajit should be given. But, in the end, did the fact he alone could open the biometric security locks force the SSB Central Trust?

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/sai-trust-divided-over-priority-to-satyajit/159517-60-114.html “

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Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba: Incredible Pomp In Poverty-Stricken IndiaGolden Glitter For Sai Baba's 83rd Birthday

 

On 23 November, 2010, devotees from around the world celebrate Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th birthday. Their consciences need to be challenged. They can be asked:  How can they lend themselves to such wasteful displays of pomp and ceremony? How can those of them who have so cruelly rejected their once dearly beloved fellow devotees, whom they knew over decades to be good and decent human beings, proclaim that they are, as Sai worshipers, devotees of Truth, Love and Right Action? How can those Indian government and other dignitaries, whom we know to have been apprised in detail of the many worldwide allegations against Sai Baba, look at themselves and their families with any honesty? Below is a minute list of powerful political figures and celebrities who have used their name and fame to buttress up Sathya Sai Baba, irrespective of probing investigations by e.g., the BBC.  See: 

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 For those prepared to look at a number of alternative views of how Sathya Sai Baba continues to bring India, in an aura of shame, to the notice of the world, the following is but the briefest selection of resources.

First Published : 19 Nov 2010 03:32:24 AM IST
Last Updated : 19 Nov 2010 11:11:31 AM IST

“President Pratibha Patil will attend  the birthday celebrations on Friday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh be present at the Satya Sai University’s convocation on November 22. However, his tour was not yet finalised. The President will arrive in Puttaparti by 11.30 am in a special flight on November 19. Later she will address a women’s meet to be organised by the Eswaramma Mahila Samkshema Trust at Sai Kulawanth hall. After lunch, the President will leave for Delhi at 2.30 p.m. Prasanthi Nilayam is geared up for the visit of the VVIPs and the roads are teeming with devotees. Elaborate arrangements have been madefor the one lakh devotees expected on November 23. Around 120 free Annadanam counters would be opened at Puttaparti and Dharmavaram railway stations”.

 

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Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India (Just posted!)

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

The Golden Age of Sai Baba  (Just posted!)

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010 

85th Birthday: Golden Age, Prema Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2010

Golden Throne of India’s Sathya Sai Baba. He says he will Rule the world soon

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday. Brian Steel Examines Birthdate Issue

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Topic On CNN-IBN – on his 81st birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 24, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba 84th Birthday Celebrations. Will 21st Century India Tolerate The Shame That Is Puttaparthi?

Sai Baba’s Imperial 83rd Birthday Celebrations Photo, Puttaparthi, India

See photos of some of the luxurious venues where the International Sathya Sai Organization – at times hard-pressed for funds in the face of constant public exposure in the media and on the Internet etc., – conducts its recruiting.

Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony

Sai Baba, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates, Et Alia

Sathya Sai Baba Video. Too Weak To Cut Birthday Cake

India’s ‘Emperor’ Sai Baba. By His Lavish Spending Ye Shall Know Him

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises

‘World Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba’s Troubled Trail

World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him

Sai Baba No Shiva. Gold From His Gut Is Regurgitator’s Trick

See how the BBC cameras catch out the Shiva pretendu. 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Gross Exaggerations of Puttaparthi Crowd Numbers

‘Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues

Major Downturn of Foreigners Visiting Sai Baba At Puttaparthi

QUOTES

The Golden Age of The World Sai Kingdom Is At Hand.  That gold is now flashing more than Disneyland-like at Puttaparthi, as thousands swarm around the golden honey-pot that he has created for the occasion of his 83rd birthday.

“The success of the task for which I have come will very soon reverberate throughout the world!”
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol XIV, p. 278. 1979

“I do not need grand decorations, huge pandals, arches, flags and such paraphernalia … Even a chair is superfluous! … Spend sparing to the minimum needs; do not involve yourselves in expensive luxury. I would like you to spend any extra money that you have for the feeding of the poor or for any similar beneficial object.” Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol VII, p. 100

Sanghvi, Vir, ‘The Truth about Sathya Sai Baba’, The Hindustan Times (Counterpoint), 25 November 2006.
A highly critical article on the occasion of Sathya Sai Baba’s 80th birthday.

 In his ‘An Annotated Bibliography for Research on Sathya Sai Baba
(in Three Parts)’ http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/SSB/sbresearchbib2_Copy_1.htm , Brian Steel notes:

Shailaja, M. Seetha
1. ‘Is the Sai Baba’s empire beginning to disintegrate?’, 29 November 2000, www.saiguru.net/english/media/001129tehelka.htm
The preamble to the article inspired by Sathya Sai Baba’s lavish 75 th Birthday celebrations states: “There is no doubt that the low turnout at his birthday celebrations were an indication of the Sai Baba’s falling clout as a result of charges of child sexual abuse and the inexorable flaking away of his worldwide empire.” Other instances of journalistic hype include a reference to 37 million followers and “It is common knowledge that … mafia dons alike are given immediate audience with the Sai Baba and move around freely within the ashram even when the police are around.”
Note: This and another two articles by the same author have been archived on Steven Hassan’s website:
1. http://www.freedomofmind.com/resourcecenter/groups/s/sathya/, under the Link ‘Sathya Sai Baba: The Avatar Impostor’.
2. ‘Sathya Sai Central Trust: Grab as grab can’. [Recovered from: http://web.archive.org/web/20050910004228/http://www.saiguru.net/english/media/001129grab.htm%5D This short article alleges that “The principal architects of the trust are now reportedly worried about the plummeting devotee numbers and even more desultory recruitment rate (see Is the Sai Baba’s empire beginning to disintegrate? ). They have suggested to the Sai Baba that he should travel abroad and hold sessions with devotees to kill rumours and counter increasingly murky publicity. (The Sai Baba has been abroad only once, to Uganda).” 
 

Robert Priddy – former long time head of Sathya Sai Organization, Norway – at his blogsite Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Ageing and collapse in Sai Baba’s health

Sai Baba’s health – miracle or self-sacrifice?

Sai Baba says his close servants live for 100 years

Sathya Sai miracle of transformation of India?

Sai Baba’s failing health

Sathya Sai Baba’s claims of financial poverty, non-ownership and self-sacrifice

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    Golden Throne of India’s Sathya Sai Baba. He says he will Rule the world soon

    Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2009

    But soon never comes …

    On November 23, 2009, he celebrates with enormous pomp and extravagance his 84th birthday. Sathya Sai Baba is haggard, weak and ailing, although on his 60th birthday he proclaimed that he would thenceforth not age.  He long ago said that he will travel to other countries, actually naming some of them, and that he would perform these visits after first putting his “own backyard” (India) in order. In many respects, India is still in a parlous state.

    How can India win the respect of the world when its successive governments actively cover up Sathya Sai Baba’s long history of dark deeds?

    Would my reader wish to be ruled from a seat of power such as what you see below?

    Sathya Sai Baba said at Brindavan, 14 December 1963:

     Let Me tell you this now itself: I do not like this pomp and show. I do not derive any joy out of it. Pomp, such as this, has become a fashion now, even among ascetics and monks who ought to know better. They profess poverty and simplicity and yet, they allow or encourage their disciples to waste much energy and money on pomp and pageantry which serve only to develop the egotism of themselves and their followers. The emphasis on show makes a thing hollow of all meaning.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3., p 228)

    God Sai Baba at 83, Shines On The World

    Video Resources

    The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
    (154 MB, Broadband)

    Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
    (80 MB, Broadband)

    http://home.hetnet.nl/~seduced/seduced.wmv
    (21 MB, Modem)

    Right Hand. Sleight Hand. Watch Sai Baba Cheat With Sacred Ash (Film clip)

    BBC and Other Film Footage Shows India’s Top Guru Sathya Sai Baba Faking Miracles

    BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle « Call For Media and Government Investigation

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    Lord Paul Swarj Under British Police Investigation

    Posted by Barry Pittard on October 13, 2009

    I have written of the Sathya Sathya Sai Baba-implicated and high-profile British Labour Government Minister, Tony McNulty MP, and police investigations earlier this year into allegations of rorting the British taxpayer via parliamentary expenses claims. (See Further Reading, below).

    Tony McNulty British MP. Sathya Sai Baba Behind Him

    Tony McNulty British MP. Sathya Sai Baba Behind Him

    Lord Paul Swarj Under British Police Investigation

     

    And now another powerful British Government figure is under British police investigation, Lord Paul Swarj, a close friend of the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and major bank-roller of the British Labour Party.

    Lord Paul. British Police Investigate Parliamentary Expenses Claims

    Lord Paul. British Police Investigate Parliamentary Expenses Claims

    The Times of London reports – Deputy Speaker Lord Paul steps down over expenses row -:

    “Lord Paul has temporarily stepped down as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords while an investigation is carried out into his expense claims.

    Over the weekend it emerged that Lord Paul, a Labour peer, claimed that a flat occupied by one of his employees was his main home, allowing him to claim £38,000 in expenses”.

    Of course, a wealthy individual does not usually need to rort 38 thousand pounds sterling. They tend to have plenty of liquid wherewithal at hand or else easily be able to borrow it from mates, if momentarily stuck.  Rich pals help rich pals out, just as poor ones do. However, there may be other reasons, and the British investigators clearly think it worthwhile exploring avenues of possibility. Unscrupulous individuals can have many shady cash cow sources, and the overall yield end up a great deal more than 38 thousand quid. In terms of the last five years, the amount he has claimed reaches 110,000 pound. What exeeds this amount by far is the taxation that Lord Paul is widely criticized for avoiding.

    The next weeks or months may result in yet another exposure of those who abuse their wealth and power. It is the story of Sathya Sai Baba and many core leaders around him, including those Sathya Sai Organization members around the world who use their wealth and influence – often without revealing the true agendas of the one called by the BBC “The Secret Swami” –  in the corridors of power.  It may be hoped that the British media, while investigating Lord Paul, will also find time to question any firm ties between Paul and the Sathya Sai Organization.

    NOTE:

    Should the media and other investigators wish to probe any money trails concerning big-league Sathya Sai Organization players in relation to its British Labour figures such as Lord Paul and Tony McNulty, they may like to take up leads such as I have carefully distributed in several articles (my having been careful to observe all the while considerations of source confidentiality and the laws of libel), see:

    Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

    Ashok Bhagani and The Secret Swami

    By Robert Priddy:

    Ashok Bhagani denies fully documented facts

    Ashok Bhagani, Sathya Sai Baba cult promoter in UK

    The Daily Telegraph (UK) reports:

    Lord Paul under scrutiny over his parliamentary expenses

    “Lord Oakeshott, the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, said: “What concerns me most is that he is claiming £38,000 from British tax-payers for a home where he doesn’t seem to be living when he doesn’t pay full British taxes himself.

    That sum of money for a multi-millionaire like Lord Paul is a drop in the ocean compared to the taxes he is dodging from his worldwide income.

    Claiming a property is your main home, when someone else lives there but would move out if you asked them to, is stretching the English language and the Lords expenses rules too far.

    Lord Paul should not sit in the Lords unless he gives up his non domicile tax status and pays full British taxes on all his worldwide income and assets.”

    Press Trust of India report quotes Lord Paul as saying:

    “at Caparo we have been guided by three things — hard work, integrity and luck. But the most important thing, which has no substitute, is integrity.” (PTI).  Source:   NRI Swraj Paul’s Caparo Group to add six new ancillary plants

    From Wikipedia entry:

    Swraj Paul, Baron Paul, (born 1931) is an Indian-born, British-based business magnate and philanthropist. In 1996, he became a life peer, taking the title Baron Paul, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster, sitting in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. In December 2008, he was appointed deputy speaker of the Lords, the first person of Indian origin to hold the post.

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    Further Reading

    Tony McNulty Expenses Outcry. Select List of Major UK News Articles

    Posted by Barry Pittard on March 28, 2009

    Tony McNulty Brit MP. Expenses Scandal Erupts. His Sai Baba Cult Nexus Yet To Be Probed

    Posted by Barry Pittard on March 23, 2009

    Tony McNulty Sathya Sai Baba Cult Supporter Tipped As UK Home Minister

    Posted by Barry Pittard on February 18, 2009

    Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community

    Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

    Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2007

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