Monday, March 13, 2017

Sathya Sai fraternity should be on the alert about Sai school/university alumni hypocrites and NOT blindly trust all Sai alumni

Given below is a recent comment of mine made on this FB post, https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10212554760842810, which I felt appropriate to put up as a separate post:

I was able to get some understanding, I repeat only some understanding, of Puttaparthi ashram system life only after relating it to the lives of Rama and Krishna, the previous Avatars, and Shirdi Sai, the first of the triple Sai avatars.

Kaikeyi, who had showered a lot of love on Rama earlier, if I recall my readings correctly, came under the thrall of her advisor, Manthara, to use the boon that Kaikeyi's husband and Rama's father, King Dasaratha, had given her (for saving his life in battle), to send Rama to exile for fourteen years on the very eve of his coronation as king of Ayodhya (succeeding Dasaratha). This was to pave the way for Kaikeyi's son Bharatha to become king instead of Rama. Then it became the heavy burden of Bharatha to prove to the people of Ayodhya and to his brothers, Rama and Lakshmana, that he was NOT a party to this betrayal, by placing Rama's sandals (footwear) on the throne of Ayodhya and ruling Ayodhya in Rama's absence as a representative of Rama, and living the life of a hermit (instead of living in the palace).

Krishna's father, Vasudeva (note Krishna was also called Vaasudeva, the additional a letter showing the difference in pronunciation, which means son of Vasudeva), was jailed by his brother-in-law, Kamsa (Kamsa was the brother of Krishna's biological mother Devaki). This was because of an oracle foretelling that Kamsa, a tyrant whose rule was an Adharmic burden on the people, would be killed by the eighth son (or child) of Devaki, his sister! Kamsa tried to kill all children of Devaki when they were born in jail but could do so only for the first six children, and not the last two children, who grew up to be Balarama and Krishna, raised by foster parents, Nanda and Yashoda, in Brindavan.

So the lives of Rama and Krishna saw betrayal within the family! In Krishna's case it was a very bloody betrayal as killing was involved. Further, as the oracle foretold, Krishna after he grows up to be a lad, kills Kamsa, the king of Mathura. [I hope I got the details correctly. Please point out mistakes so that I can correct it. I did not get the time to check with reference sources like wikipedia to confirm the details I have given above.]

In the Sathya Sai avatar too, we see betrayal, and we should not be surprised by it, given the history of Rama and Krishna. Some say that the same characters who were with Rama and Krishna, the good chaps and the bad chaps, were born again to be with Sathya Sai!

In my considered view, Sai educational institutions alumni too have a mix of good and bad. There are a few (few when viewed against the total number of alumni) extraordinary alumni who have dedicated their lives to Bhagavan's mission and try very hard to follow Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahmisa values taught by Bhagavan. Most are the middling sort trying to balance attractions of worldly life, family responsibilities, and participation in Bhagavan's mission in an individual capacity and/or through Sai orgn. Very unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, given the history of Rama and Krishna avatars, a few alumni are shameless hypocrites who use their Sai educational institution alumni status in an Asathya and Adharma (untruthful and unethical) way to further their own personal interests and agendas.

The Sathya Sai fraternity should be on the alert about Sai alumni hypocrites, and not blindly trust somebody just because he/she is a Sai alumni.
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Additional comments of mine on the same FB post:

An elder Sai devotee who enjoyed a lot of physical proximity with Bhagavan, told me that he believes this (Muddenahalli group matter) is all a master plan of Swami. He is privately very strongly critical of Muddenahalli group's communicator claim. But he chooses not to get involved in publicly criticizing Muddenahalli group's communicator claim. I must also say that he is doing very dedicated work in one part of Bhagavan's mission and, in my considered opinion, is doing great service to Bhagavan's mission.

If we remember the beginning of the Bhagavad Gita, the situation becomes clear to us, I think. Arjuna was despondent about fighting his own relatives, his revered elders and teachers etc. He wanted to give up the fight and go away from battle. Krishna could have told Arjuna that he could leave the battlefield and that Krishna himself would do the needful! But that was not what Krishna said. Krishna told Arjuna that it was his duty to fight Adharma. And that if he withdrew from this battle against Adharma his name would be tarnished in history. So Krishna reminded Arjuna of his duty to fight for Dharma and changed his mind to fight the war against Adharma instead of running away from it.

But there were others like Vidura who chose not to get involved in the war and went on a pilgrimage! Vidura was a very wise man and had advised Duryodhana not to fight the Mahabharata war and accept Krishna's peace mission/offer before the Mahabharata war. But Duryodhana did not heed the advice of the wise elder, Vidura.

My view is that it is up to those of us who feel strongly that we should speak up (or write up) against the Asathya & Adharma being done by Madhusudan Rao Naidu and Narasimhamurthy by misguiding thousands of Sathya Sai devotees worldwide using the HOLY NAME of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, to do so. I am certain that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will be glad that we are speaking up against the misguidance of thousands of Sathya Sai devotees being done by Madhusudan Rao Naidu and Narasimhamurthy. But I think Bhagavan would also like us to do it within reasonable limits.

Some others may, like Vidura, choose to be on a pilgrimage equivalent by simply staying away from Muddenahalli group activities and not commenting on it, at least publicly.
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I thought I should also let commenters (& readers) of this thread know that the elder Sai devotee I mentioned in the comment at the top of this thread, has taught Madhusudan Rao Naidu! I mean, Madhusudan Naidu was his student.
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