Last updated on 20-May-2017
I received my Sanathana Sarathi (English) print copy yesterday, 18th May 2017. I had read Ms. Terry Reis Kennedy's Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10213166426374066, dated May 13th 2017, sharing the text of the SSSCT notice condemning Muddenahalli group in the May 2017 issue. But I wanted to see the notice in the Sanathana Sarathi print copy to be sure, and then share pics of it with readers. So here are the pics (to see pic in higher resolution, right-click on pic and open in new tab/window, and then click to zoom):
Above pic: Cover page of Sanathana Sarathi, May 2017
Above 2 pics: SSSCT notice condemning Muddenahalli so called subtle form group.
I have provided below the text of the above SSSCT notice. I copy-pasted it from Terry's above Facebook post - Thanks Terry. But I also checked that the text matches the SSSCT notice in my Sanathana Sarathi print copy whose pics I have given above.
Bhagavan has made it clear any number of times in unambiguous and unequivocal terms that His relationship with devotees is not at a physical level but is at the Atmic level, i.e., Heart-to-heart and Love-to-love. How can there be any agents, media or intermediaries between Him and His devotees when He resides in our hearts?
While delivering His Divine Discourse on 25th May 1975, during the Seva Dal Conference, Bhagavan emphasised this truth. “When someone does a few funny tricks saying he is possessed by Swami or is receiving instructions from Him, our own Seva Dal members are going to such individuals and encouraging them. When you have got a direct access to Bhagavan Himself, where is the need for you to go to these ‘duplicate’ swamis?” He questioned.
He also said on 25th March 1965: “Many persons have also started using My name for the purpose of collecting money for various purposes or material. If such men come to you, send them back with the admonition that they are doing wrong. I ask for Bhakti, Sraddha, Sadhana (devotion, faith and spiritual discipline) – purification of hearts – that is all. Only beggars ask for money; I will never associate Myself with the temporary, the tarnished, the tawdry and the mean. Then, there are some who proclaim that I am “coming upon someone” and speaking through him! They pretend to be My mouthpieces and communicate to others My advice and My suggestions, as if I have ‘authorised’ them or as if I am Myself telling so through them. Now hear this. I never speak through another; I never possess another or use another as a vehicle of expression. I come direct, I come straight, I come as I am, to confer peace and joy”.
Showing utter disregard to Bhagavan’s message in this regard, some selfish individuals are committing the most heinous sacrilege of betraying Bhagavan Himself. They have made Muddenahalli as the centre of their nefarious activities and are going to various parts of the country as also to several overseas countries with the ulterior motive of luring innocent devotees with their cheap tricks and collecting funds. In the process, they are making a mockery of spirituality itself by declaring that Swami speaks through so and so while misinterpreting and distorting His message to suit their own selfish ends. How foolish is it to say that so and so is possessed by our Swami, who is the Antaryami (indweller) of all! Instead of making efforts to follow His teachings and ideals, they are even indulging in the most atrocious and deplorable act of imitating His movements and gestures. What is even more appalling is that those committing this sacrilege are causing untold confusion in the minds of innocent devotees all over the world. These are some of the so-called close devotees who enjoyed Swami’s Divine Love in abundance while He was in His physical form. Needless to say, getting carried away by their fraudulent activities amounts to belittling the All-Pervasive and All-Pervading principle of Bhagavan’s Cosmic Reality.
Bhagavan established Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in the year 1972, keeping the welfare of society in view and with the sole objective of offering loving and selfless service to humanity at large. Devotees are well aware of the promise Bhagavan made to Divine Mother Easwaramma that He would always remain in Puttaparthi and make this sacred land the centre of His Avataric Mission forever. Accordingly, He Himself established a number of Educational Institutions and Hospitals apart from undertaking various social welfare projects, under the auspices of Central Trust, providing relief and succour to millions.
However, after Bhagavan’s Maha Samadhi, some individuals, due to their limitless thirst for money and power, have stooped so low as to say that Bhagavan is roaming in Muddenahalli in His subtle form and is asking them to build schools, colleges and hospitals. By enacting a cleverly orchestrated ‘drama’, they are taking innocent and gullible devotees for a ride, collecting money from them in the name of Swami, and in the process, flouting the principles and dicta Bhagavan exemplified.
We, on behalf of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, hereby declare that the Central Trust has nothing to do with those individuals and the institutions run by them. Devotees are hereby informed to follow this cautionary note as a guideline from the Trust and refrain from associating themselves with such individuals and institutions.
– Trustees, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
--- end of text of SSSCT notice in Sanathana Sarathi May 2017 ---
Ravi: I congratulate the trustees of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT), the mother trust that Bhagavan created and administered while in physical form, for performing this unpleasant duty to Bhagavan and the Sathya Sai devotee fraternity by clearly and unequivocally condemning the Muddenahalli so called subtle form and so called communicator group, in the vital organ of dissemination of Prasanthi Nilayam, namely, the monthly magazine, Sanathana Sarathi.
In the past, Sanathana Sarathi carried small notices advising devotees not to follow mediums and communicators but I don't recall seeing such a clear statement in Sanathana Sarathi condemning Muddenahalli subtle form group stating that they are "committing the most heinous sacrilege of betraying Bhagavan Himself"! The notice states, "they are making a mockery of spirituality itself by declaring that Swami speaks through so and so while misinterpreting and distorting His message to suit their own selfish ends. How foolish is it to say that so and so is possessed by our Swami, who is the Antaryami (indweller) of all! Instead of making efforts to follow His teachings and ideals, they are even indulging in the most atrocious and deplorable act of imitating His movements and gestures. What is even more appalling is that those committing this sacrilege are causing untold confusion in the minds of innocent devotees all over the world."
I welcome these strong words of condemnation of Muddenahalli subtle form group from SSSCT printed in Sanathana Sarathi.
Muddenahalli group started their activities with so called communicator (FALSE CLAIM) Madhusudan Rao Naidu in May 2014. So it is three years since Madhusudan Rao Naidu publicly started his atrocious, condemnable and false claim act of so called communicator of Bhagavan. It would have been painful for SSSCT trustees to write this condemnation and publish it in Sanathana Sarathi but I think it was very much needed. Now serious devotees across the world, most of whom would read Sanathana Sarathi, I guess, will have no doubt whatsoever that SSSCT instructions are to "refrain from associating themselves" with Muddenahalli so called subtle form group.
If some devotees read this notice and still continue to associate with Muddenahalli group then that is their fate! SSSCT cannot be held guilty of not clearly and unequivocally warning devotees to stay away from Muddenahalli group through the main magazine of Prasanthi Nilayam, Santhana Sarathi. I think now nobody can accuse SSSCT of being wishy-washy over Muddenahalli group. Perhaps if they had issued such condemnation in the second half of 2014 itself, or at least sometime in 2015, then lesser number of Sathya Sai devotees worldwide would have got lured into and trapped by Muddenahalli group's FALSE CLAIMS. But then maybe they did not foresee that so many Sathya Sai devotees worldwide would get lured and trapped by Muddenahalli group's FALSE CLAIMS.
Given below are some of my comments (slightly edited) from my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1909273139289254, associated with this blog post.
Yes, the pics are historical evidence/proof of this watershed event with appropriate references so that anybody who wants to confirm it with actual print archives of Sanathana Sarathi in future would be able to do so. I did it as my part time chronicler role of such important events in Sathya Sai movement based in Prasanthi Nilayam/Puttaparthi.
Bro. --Name-snipped--, I am not in contact with the trust/any trustee of SSSCT. I lead a very reclusive life in outside ashram Puttaparthi rarely entering Prasanthi Nilayam ashram. So you will have to find some other way to convey your thanks to SSSCT.