Thursday, November 24, 2016

Three new trustees inducted into Sathya Sai Central Trust; one trustee retires

Given below is an extract from press release note dated 23rd Nov. 2016 on the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust website,

.. Sri Naganand then announced the induction of three new trustees to the ​Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, namely Sri J.S.R.C.V Prasad​ Rao, the present Secretary to the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Dr.M.V Mohan, the internationally renowned  diabetologist and Shri Vijaya Bhaskar, the Retired Executive Director of RBI.

Sri V Srinivasan, long-serving Trustee and long time devotee of Bhagawan Baba has announced his retirement as Trustee, owing to old age.
--- end extract from SSSCT press announcement ---

RBI stands for Reserve Bank of India, which is India's top central banking authority.

With this induction, I think the current strength of the trustees in Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT) is nine, which I think is the full strength. It had been down to seven for many months. It is good to see that it is now at full strength again.

As a senior trustee, it seems to me that Sri V. Srinivasan played a major role in handling the post-Mahasamadhi trauma and confusion that prevailed in Prasanthi Nilayam. I recall him being at the forefront in one of the first press meets after Mahasamadhi. He showed leadership in handling the situation then and facing the press which fired many questions at the trustee team. Most of the responses, if I recall correctly, came from V. Srinivasan then.

I think he deserves great appreciation for his leadership role along with the role of those SSSCT trustees who remained loyal to Prasanthi Nilayam, in ensuring that all institutions of Prasanthi Nilayam continued to function despite various challenges. Imagine the trauma that he and other trustees would have faced in handling seniormost leader of Sai orgn and SSSCT trustee, Sri Indulal Shah, and the then vice-chancellor of Sai university (till Nov. 2014), Sashidhara Prasad, who had become followers of Narasimhamurthy's dream instructions (and later Madhusudan Rao Naidu), and opposed the SSSCT (majority) view which rejected these claims of Narasimhamurthy and Madhusudan Rao Naidu.

I think we Sathya Sai devotees should be - I certainly am - thankful to Sri V. Srinivasan for his services to Bhagavan's Prasanthi Nilayam based mission, especially in the traumatic post-Mahasamadhi one to two years period. And we should - I certainly do - wish him all the best for the future.

I think the new trustees being inducted seem to be responsible and knowledgeable people from various fields. I am glad to see such trustees being inducted. I guess all the trustees would be providing their services in an honorary capacity. I think that youngsters (including relatively young persons :-) ) in Prasanthi Nilayam system, especially paid Sai student-staff, can always contribute to the mission to their fullest wishes and desires, under the guidance of knowledgeable and responsible elders handling the (honorary) trustee responsibility. Being made an SSSCT trustee, IMHO, is not so much of a title being acquired as it is a responsibility to steer the mother trust in implementing Bhagavan's mission. Relatively young and paid Sai student-staff of Prasanthi Nilayam system may not really be in a position to handle such trustee responsibilities besides the issue of them not typically being in a position to offer honorary service.

Please note that Shri Vijaya Bhaskar, one of the newly appointed trustees, seems to be an old student of Sai education system under Bhagavan's direct guidance (Sri Sathya Sai Arts & Science college, Brindavan, Bangalore) in the 70s. Here's a Feb. 2016 article written by him for Radio Sai, THE GUIDE, THE GURU AND THE LOVING GOD,, which gives some background about him including his days as a student in Bhagavan's Brindavan college in the 70s.

I pray to Bhagavan to shower His Grace on the new SSSCT trustees in their efforts to contribute to Bhagavan's mission in their new role as trustees of SSSCT.

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