Last updated on 10th January 2016
Given below are contents of a recent Facebook post of mine, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1682681738615063.
Update on 10th Jan. 2016: As it is over a month since brother Sri Sudhir Joshi put up the FB post shared below about official alumni group announcement, WITHOUT any such announcement from official SSSIHL sources or any other official Sai institution source, I have to say that the announcement CANNOT BE VIEWED AS AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF Sai educational institutions alumni! That is really disappointing! I don't think I will blame Sai fraternity if they suspect whether official Sai alumni group is a HIDDEN SUPPORTER of Muddenahalli false belief? I mean, the situation is so murky now that one does not know whom to trust in this Muddenhalli muddle.
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Sudhir Joshi sir on FB chat informed me that he had confirmed the matter given in his shared post below with a responsible official. So I consider his FB post shared below to be AUTHENTICATED and also suitable for PUBLIC SHARING.
The opening sentence of the declaration is, "We, Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions founded and nurtured by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba during His Physical sojourn on this earth, and under the aegis of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust totally condemn and distance ourselves from the happenings at Muddenahalli."
Wonderful! I am so happy to see the official Alumni group/association of SSSIHL (Sai university) and schools run by SSSCT (Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust) take this crisp and unambiguous stand PUBLICLY. As a former teacher in SSSIHL, PN campus (Jan. 2003 to Mar. 2012), I hope that all SSSIHL (Sai university) alumni as well as former & current faculty & non-teaching staff of SSSIHL will study this declaration very closely and make this stand their own stand as well. It will be wonderful if SSSIHL alumni and staff including faculty put up this declaration on their Facebook pages as then it will be clear to the worldwide Sai devotee fraternity where they stand on this matter.
Sudhir Joshi sir's shared FB post contents are given below:
Official Alumni Stand on Muddenahalli
Reproduced below is the Official Stand of the Alumni of the Sri Sathya Sai Alumni of the Sri Sathya Sai Primary and Higher Secondary School, Prashanti Nilayam, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning- Prashanti Nilayam, Brindavan , Anantpur and Muddenahalli Campus and under the aegis of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust on Muddenahalli for your information and immediate wider dissemination through all platforms of social media.
Official Alumni Stand on Muddenahalli
AUM SRI SAI RAM
We, Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions founded and nurtured by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba during His Physical sojourn on this earth, and under the aegis of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust totally condemn and distance ourselves from the happenings at Muddenahalli. The happenings there are completely opposite to what Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba exhorted us to practice. All alumni who have passed out of the portals of the Sri Sathya Sai Primary and Higher Secondary School, Prashanti Nilayam, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning- Prashanti Nilayam, Brindavan , Anantpur and Muddenahalli Campus and under the aegis of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust are hereby advised not to associate themselves in any manner whatsoever with the Muddenahalli setup. We all are aware what Bhagavan mentioned in his own divine voice about direct heart to heart connection he has with each and every devotee ……..a recap “Talking of faith, I must issue a warning. Many people are collecting money in various places using My Name for various purposes like arranging receptions, building temples, doing Puja, etc. That is unauthorised and against My wish and command. Do not yield to such requests and encourage this practice, which I condemn. “There is another set of people who trade on your faith. They advertise that I am 'talking' through a medium or some other thing. Treat all such people and their agents or brokers as you treat cheats; if you do not treat them so, then you are also accomplices in the cheating process.” “There are others who gather groups of followers and admirers and collect money. They even declare, ‘Baba sent me to you to take from you some money’ or ‘Baba has given me this’ or ‘Baba blessed me specially thus and thus’ and then ask for your help or your praise or your purse! I ask you to chastise all these types of men and turn them away, whoever they are.” Excerpts from Discourse on 25th November 1962 at Prashanti Nilayam. "NOW" too Swami responds to all our prayers, guides and protects all his devotees "DIRECTLY”. We have been witnessing numerous Vibhuti manifestations, nectar manifestations, appearances in physical form, in dreams, in visions, in letters even today by thousands of devotees across the globe. There are numerous devotees who have seen and experienced Bhagavan sitting in the chair, walking on the verandah, materialisation of Vibhuti in the hands of devotees seated in Darshan line, speaking to them in the same voice even to this day in Sai Kulwant Hall. We are all aware that Bhagavan is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.
Recollecting Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba’s Easwaramma Day discourse in 06 May 2001 he mentioned "That night, mother Easwaramma came to Me with tears in her eyes and said, "Swami, people want to take You here and there for their selfish purposes. If you leave Puttaparti, I will give up My life. Please promise me that You will remain in Puttaparti forever." I gave her My word that I would never ever leave Puttaparti. It is for this reason that I have constructed many buildings in the ashram for the comfort and convenience of devotees. "- Last but not the least, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba always taught us the principle of “simple living and high thinking”. On the contrary any individual/organisation who go on resorting to cheap marketing gimmicks and yet proclaim that they are worshipping Bhagavan through outward, symbolic acts, are trespassing the very core human values imbibed by all Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. Beware of such group of individuals/organisations.
Brothers! Does someone has to tell/teach us now, the same teachings of Bhagavan again? Did not each one receive in abundance, limitless and beyond measure, his teachings, love and grace directly in this Avatar’s lifetime? Is it not enough for each one of us to cherish, relive and be grateful for those wonderful heart filled memories bestowed on us by the Lord...... unto eternity?
We hereby caution all the alumni again to be alert and desist from associating with such groups/organisations and be true to the Institutions set up by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and, of which we all have been beneficiaries and recipients of Bhagavan’s love and grace.
-Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Primary and Higher Secondary School, Prashanti Nilayam, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning- Prashanti Nilayam, Brindavan , Anantpur and Muddenahalli Campus and under the aegis of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Issued on: Sunday, 6 December 2015.