Last updated on 16th June 2017
I had asked Terry Reis Kennedy some questions on the lines of: "Did Madhusudan Rao Naidu speak at Harvard University yesterday? If so, were his words projected as words of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba?" on her post, https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10213501386427858. Given below are relevant parts of her response and my comments in response to that.
Terry Reis Kennedy wrote (partial comment):
Thank you , Ravi S. Iyer, The program was a collection of speakers from all over the world coming to speak about their individual projects that need financial support. There was nothing to do with GOD in these talks. Strictly business. It was sponsored by the Hope Collaborative which seems to basically fund anything that mentions poor people.....One of the co-founders of this collective is Kevin Sheehan ..
---end partial comment of Terry ---
Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Thank you so much Terry Reis Kennedy for the clarification.
1) So one thing that is confirmed is that Madhusudan Naidu did NOT speak.
2) It was a Hope Collaborative organized meeting. So I think another thing that is confirmed is that there would not have been any banners about Sathya Sai Baba on stage at the meeting.
3) MDH group speakers would have had their say making their pitch for funds for their service projects. The question that comes up for me, is whether in this pitch they made on Harvard campus, did they make any reference to Madhusudan Rao Naidu and his FAKE role as so called communicator of so called subtle body of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. If they did make such a reference and we have evidence to show that they did make that reference then I think we should alert Harvard Divinity School senior academic(s), including Prof. Diana Eck, about it. I volunteer to be one of the persons to do that. So if you get such info. please let me know.
Thanks again for keeping tabs on what these Muddenahalli group FALSE BELIEF guys are doing in the USA.
Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Did some browsing on this event. Thought of sharing the info. I gathered, just in case it interests some people. Perhaps some of the readers of this post already know the info. in which case they can skip reading this comment.
Firstly, it seems that Kevin Sheehan is NOT a Sathya Sai devotee (not that that was implied by what you said, Terry Reis Kennedy; I am just sort-of confirming it).
[UPDATE: Terry wrote: Contrary to what you commented earlier, last night another person informed me that Kevin Sheehan became a follower of Sathya Sai Baba years ago....through Isaac. Whether Sheehan switched over to Tigrett's new GOD, Baloney Boy, is not known. end-UPDATE.]
He seems to be a nice guy into social causes. Here's a youtube video short interview (less than 5 min) of his on the Hope Collaborative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwE51V8VT5U.
I think it may be worthwhile to bring to his notice (if it has not already been done so), that while some of the service to society work of Muddenahalli group is laudable, there is this major issue of the FALSE BELIEF that they are trying to spread about Madhusudan Rao Naidu being so called communicator of Sathya Sai. I mean, Sheehan should know that it is not just social service but some weird FALSE BELIEF that is associated with Muddenahalli group.
Here's a link about the event at Harvard: http://scienceforsociety.com/2017-harvard-conference-2/. It is a conference titled, "A Conclave on Corporate Social Investment (CSI)". This is what it says under Objective and Theme:
The 2017 Conference in Cambridge, MA will be hosted by One World and Science for Society – a joint forum of voluntary global collaboration involving Scientists, Engineers, Business Leaders, Physicians, Educators, Social Workers, NGOs, for-profit Companies, Philanthropists, Government Agencies and other interested Professionals concerned about Societal Transformation and policies to alleviate inequality.
This year’s conference will focus on Corporate Social Investment – CSI.
A Corporation is no longer an intangible entity as conceived by Justice Marshal but rather “a corporate citizen”, as conceived by Peter Drucker. This citizenship implies active Commitment, it demands Responsibility. It is meant to make a difference to one’s Community, one’s Society, and one’s Country.
CSI, unlike CSR, is not an engagement in charity for the poor. Rather, it is an investment by corporations into their own future growth. It is not about giving, but creating value, and sharing that value with their stakeholders. A financially strong, healthier and better society will lead to stronger business growth. And the value so generated, will in fact flow back to the corporations through greater productivity, a more responsive community, and greater business opportunity. Corporate Social Responsibility then becomes Corporate Social Investment.
--- end Objective & Theme extract ---
Ravi: Given this context, I understand the event much better now. Such conferences being held in Harvard campus especially facilities associated with its business school would be very appropriate. For all you know, some academics from Harvard Business School (HBS) may have attended. However, the conference is not an academic conference as if it were so, the chair and some lead organizers would be academics. Here the conference chair is shown as Kevin Sheehan without any academic designation (Sheehan does not seem to be an academic).
My Facebook post associated with this blog post:
https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1922637501286151 has some comment exchanges.