Last updated on 16th December 2015
In response to a recent Facebook post of Shri Ravi Raj Salyankar, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153336992723721&set=a.439070453720.201226.753273720, I felt it appropriate to contribute to the record of Muddenahalli FALSE CLAIM with this post and linked document attributed to Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy.
As I was SSSIHL (Sai university), Prasanthi Nilayam campus staff till Mar. 2012 (from Jan. 2003 to Mar. 2012 I provided free service to Sai university with my last designation being Visiting Faculty), I received a mail dated 28th July 2011 which had a document whose contents are reproduced below (and which I have put on the Internet here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Pcd4RD_n8Lbmw3aUJ6Q2FzLVk/view?usp=sharing) having Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy's account of his dream. This was sent to SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam campus teachers mailing list/group by an elder faculty who was not an SSSIHL administrator. The subject of the mail was "prof Narasimhamurthy garu's miraculous dream". I would not be surprised if the then vice-chancellor (VC), Prof. Shashidhara Prasad, who developed complete faith in Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy's dream instructions for running the Sai mission (including SSSIHL), had suggested it to the elder faculty. But I don't know for sure.
I have given below two screenshots of the mail with sender name hidden. The sender is a very nice person/elder who probably was instructed to send out this mail to Prasanthi Nilayam faculty group by some SSSIHL administrator (VC perhaps?)
I am quite sure the document is authored by B.N. Narasimhamurthy himself as it was sent to SSSIHL teachers. I mean, if it was not by B.N. Narasimhamurthy there would have been a follow up mail correcting the error. BTW the subject incorrectly referred to Narasimhamurthy as Prof. Of course, this mail would have been known to all the top administrators of SSSIHL including the vice-chancellor (even if they were not part of PN campus teachers group as such matters would immediately get reported to them). There was no follow-up mail to the Prasanthi Nilayam teachers group from any SSSIHL administrator or any SSSIHL faculty in Prasanthi Nilayam campus (as far as I can recall) which challenged this account of Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy.
In hindsight, I consider this document being sent to Prasanthi Nilayam campus teachers (don't know if similar mail was sent to other campus teachers too) in end July 2011, to be an important milestone perhaps marking the beginning of SSSIHL HIJACK by Narasimhamurthy and then vice-chancellor Prof. Shashidhara Prasad (till Nov. 2014 when Shashidhara Prasad stepped down as VC). The document limits itself to Muddenahalli matters with no mention of SSSIHL. But slowly and steadily over the following months the Sai university, Prasanthi Nilayam campus grapevine had lots of accounts of how the vice-chancellor Shashidhara Prasad had become a complete believer in Narasimhamurthy's dream instructions and that he was ignoring & rejecting the official Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust view on this matter (which rejected Narasimhamurthy's dream instructions as a basis for running the Sai mission). Administrators & faculty who did not oppose Narasimhamurthy's dream instructions claims and perhaps supported him were getting favoured and at least one faculty (Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju) who DARED to question Narasimhamurthy quite openly was harassed by SSSIHL administrators on some technical/bureaucratic grounds and eventually forced to resign!!!
I parted ways with SSSIHL in March 2012 after I saw that senior faculty of around two decades service to SSSIHL (Prof. Krupanidhi and Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju) were being HORRIBLY MISTREATED by some powerful SSSIHL administrators, and I was blocked (in end July/Aug. 2011) by the dept. head (Chandrashekaran) whose blocking efforts were supported, or at least not opposed, by vice-chancellor (Shashidhara Prasad) and the registrar (Naren Ramji), from giving students the chance to continue their association with Bhagavan's PET project, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini (SSSVV, free online school portal providing Sai system of education). I had run one lab. course on SSSVV from June 2011 to July/early August 2011 which enabled students to study the software of SSSVV developed by a top software consultancy firm in India. The lab. course was a success from students' point of view (based on their anonymous feedback) and from my point of view as the teacher. But the HOD Chandrashekaran decided, for reasons best known to him, to view that success as a problem :-) and blocked me from further association with that work.
I mean, I felt that SSSIHL was being MISMANAGED and was going away from the vision & direction of its founder-chancellor Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The personal agenda and personal vision of administrators of SSSIHL seemed to have become far more important to follow than the vision of Bhagavan!!!
The Narasimhamurthy July 2011 document contents are given below:
OM SRI SAI RAM
BOUNTEOUS BENEDICTION FOR GURUPOORNIMA AT SATHYA SAI GRAMA, MUDDENAHALLI
There was a feeling of intense disappointment in many students, teachers and elders at Sathya Sai Grama (Muddenahalli) that Swami had not even seen (physically) the new building on the hill-top which stands as the crest-jewel of the campus and which has been the latest gift of Bhagawan to the campus. It was basically built for His stay during His visits to Sathya Sai Grama. The building was named ‘Prashanthi Towers’ by us. His last visit to Sathya Sai Grama (the 29th visit) was on 14th February 2009 for the Bhoomi-Pooja of the building. Many of us were constantly praying to Him to bless the building with His divine presence.
Swami answered our prayers in the early morning hours on Sunday, the 10th July 2011 by appearing in my dream and giving clear instructions regarding the utilisation of the new building. There were also inspiring words in the dream regarding the institutions here and also about the work to be done by me. While recording the contents of the dream in this write-up, I have omitted a few things which are purely personal in nature. Looking at the content of the dream, I assume the whole experience should have lasted for about 30 minutes. Here is a brief recapitulation of His instructions in the dream:
“GET THE HILLTOP BUILDING READY FOR MY COMING ON GURUPOORNIMA DAY. FROM THAT DAY ONWARDS, I WILL CONTINUE TO STAY HERE. NOTHING IS READY IN MY ROOM. THERE IS NO WATER IN THE TAP; NO ROBE IS KEPT. I DID NOT LIKE THE COLOUR OF PAINTING OF THE BUILDING. YOU KNOW, THE THREE COLOURS WHICH SWAMI LIKES. FOR NOW, CHANGE THE COLOUR IN MY ROOM. EQUIP EVERYTHING AS IF I AM STAYING THERE; OFFER FOOD EVERY SESSION, EVERYDAY. SHIFT ALL THINGS NECESSARY FROM PREMADEEP (THE EARLIER MANDIR, WHICH SWAMI HAD VISITED 11 TIMES); BUT THE COT IS TOO HIGH THERE.
“NAME THE BUILDING ‘SRI SATHYA SAI ANANDAM’. IT WILL GIVE THE BLISS OF SRI SATHYA SAI TO EVERYONE. WHO ENTERS IT! TWO BOYS WHOM I WILL SELECT MAY SERVE AND STAY THERE. THE GROUND-FLOOR HALL MAY HOUSE A MUSEUM WHICH DEPICTS THE GROWTH OF MUDDENAHALLI COMPLEX & ALIKE AND MY VISITS TO THE PLACE. KEEP ALL THE GIFTS GIVEN BY ME IN A SHOW-CASE. THERE SHOULD BE A STATUE OF SWAMI IN THE HALL. FOR NOW, YOU CAN KEEP A PHOTOGRAPH. THE STATUE IN THE HALL SHOULD BE LIKE THE ONE IN ‘CHAITHANYA JYOTHI’ MUSEUM AT PARTI (SWAMI STANDING ON THE LOTUS); IT SHOULD BE A MARBLE STATUE. ALSO THERE SHOULD BE A GANESHA IDOL AND THE BUST OF NARAYANA BHAT. ALSO KEEP A CAR USED BY ME. THERE SHOULD ALSO BE PHOTOS AND NAMES OF ALL THE PERSONS WHO HAVE SERVED IN THIS ‘THYAGA BHOOMI’.
“HAVE A GRAND FUNCTION IN THE BUILDING ON GURUPOORNIMA DAY. PERFORM ‘SRI SATHYA SAI POOJA’ AND BHAJANS. GIVE FOOD AND CLOTHES TO ALL STUDENTS (INCLUDING DAY-SCHOLARS). I WILL ARRANGE FOR THEM. NICHANI WILL BRING ‘TUMBLER IDLI’ AS HE WAS DOING AT TRAYEE BRINDAVAN. I WILL COME THERE AND WILL BE SEEN. (WHEN I ASKED SWAMI, ABOUT MY TRIP TO PRASHANTHI NILAYAM ON GURUPOORNIMA, HE SAID “YOU BE HERE; PEOPLE ARE THERE AT PRASHANTHI NILAYAM TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROGRAMME THERE.”)
“BEGIN WRITING THE SECOND VOLUME OF SRI SATHYA SAI DIVYA KRIPASHRAYA ON GURUPOORNIMA DAY. (WHEN I ASKED HIM, WHETHER I SHOULD START WRITING SATHYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM – VIII VOLUME, HE SAID “YOU WRITE FIRST THE SECOND VOLUME OF SRI SATHYA SAI DIVYA KRIPASHRAYA”.)
“THROW OPEN THE MUSEUM FOR PUBLIC ON THURSDAYS AND HAVE BHAJANS IN THE EVENING; ON OTHER DAYS, THE HALL CAN BE USED FOR MEDITATION BY THE INMATES. YOU WILL SEE THAT THIS PLACE WILL BECOME A PILGRIMAGE-CENTRE; A LOT OF DEVOTEES WILL VISIT!
“NARAYANA BHAT (THE FOUNDER OF ALIKE AND MUDDENAHALLI INSTITUTIONS) WAS IMMENSELY INTERESTED IN MOULDING A LARGE NUMBER OF THYAGAJEEVIS. (A THYAGAJEEVI IS A PERSON WHO IS WEDDED TO LIFE-LONG CELIBACY AND WHO DEDICATES HIMSELF TO SADHANA AND SERVICE. OF COURSE, THERE CAN BE GRIHASTHA-THYAGAJEEVIS, IF BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE DECIDE TO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES FOR THE CAUSE.) I AM PREPARING A THOUSAND ‘NARASIMHA MURTHY’S. YOU WILL SEE IT YOURSELF IN YOUR LIFE-TIME. YOU ARE GOING TO SERVE FOR TWENTY MORE YEARS! TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH; AVOID SWEETS AND SPICES. EAT SATHWIC FOOD. DISTURBANCES IN MEDITATION ARE DUE TO RAJASIC FOOD.
“THYAGAJEEVI CENTRE MAY BE STARTED NEXT YEAR. SELECT TEN BOYS TO TRANSLATE KANNADA-WRITINGS OF NARAYANA BHAT INTO ENGLISH AND HINDI. LET EVERYONE READ THEM.
“TELL ALIKEY PEOPLE ALSO ABOUT THE FUNCTION HERE ON THE GURUPOORNIMA DAY. YOU NEED NOT TELL THE STUDENTS ALL THESE DETAILS NOW; INFORM THEM ABOUT THE FUNCTION AND THAT SWAMI HAS SENT CLOTHES!”
Though the experience filled my heart with immense joy, I was wondering whether I should share the dream with others; in retrospect, I should confess that the dilemma in my mind was due to lack of complete faith. But the dilemma was resolved the same morning around 11 when one of our old students came and told me that Swami had prompted him to provide one thousand pairs of clothes to be distributed to all the students at Sathya Sai Grama. Then I discussed the matter with senior colleagues who were overjoyed to know about the dream and Swami’s commands. Thus we made all the arrangements required to implement His instructions and the function was held on the Gurupoornima Day (15th July 2011) in ‘Sri Sathya Sai Anandam’. Meanwhile, Swami again appeared in my dream on the next night and gave the names of the two boys telling, “THESE ARE BIG BOYS WHO ARE IN THE MUSIC GROUP!” On enquiry, I was pleasantly surprised to find that among the university and pre-university students (‘BIG BOYS’), there were only two boys with the two names given by Swami and both of them were in their respective music groups! (There are totally around 1000 students in the campus studying in classes starting from V class to I year undergraduate class.)
This re-assuring Leela of Swami has lifted up the spirits of one and all in the campus, and we are now working on plans to bring up a museum in the ground-floor hall. Every morning before sunrise, students and teachers (in batches in rotation) go round ‘Sri Sathya Sai Anandam’ with Nagara-sankeerthan, and Bhajans are held on Thursday evenings. The two students selected by Swami and two teachers are offering regular Seva and Naivedyam to our beloved Lord in ‘Sri Sathya Sai Anandam’ with love and gratitude.
--- end Narasimhamurthy document contents ---
A correspondent passed on this youtube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJMY2aJyNuI, 40 min. 44 secs, uploaded on Nov. 2nd 2011, which has a video recording (mobile camera perhaps) of an exchange with Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy on this dream matter. I had seen this video a few years earlier and it is a confirmation from Shri Narasimhamurthy about his dream mentioned in the contents of the post above.