Last edited on 23-Jun-2017
Today we have many Sathya Sai social media activists on Facebook attacking Muddenahalli group left, right and centre. They call them demonic. They call them BIG SCAMSTERS. They say they are going to run brothels and use that money to fund their social service activites - and when questioned to provide evidence for their brothels charge, they talk about sarcasm!
I recently wrote publicly on Facebook (and blog) that I have a nuanced stand whereby (there may be minor differences in text and elaboration between what I have written below and my earlier stand but the intent is the same):
a) I condemn their leader Madhusudan Naidu for going against Bhagavan's teachings by claiming to be a so called communicator and their leader Narasimhamurthy for going against Bhagavan's teachings by having claimed earlier to be a dream-instructions medium of Bhagavan (from Jul 2011 till Narasimhamurthy became a devotee of Madhusudan Rao Naidu sometime in 2014),
b) and I condemn those leaders who have publicly endorsed Madhusudan Rao Naidu's claim including Narasimhamurthy and former Sai university vice-chancellor Sashidhara Prasad,
c) but do accept that the medical and educational FREE service to the poor that Muddenahalli group (includes followers of these leaders who may simply believe Madhusudan Naidu's claim to be true) are doing is good, in general (in my view).
I mean, I am NOT willing to CONDEMN their medical and educational free service to the poor (excluding any brain-washing of students and patients to believe in Madhusudan Rao Naidu's claim, which I CONDEMN).
That led to me coming under some criticism by people on social media as they seem to be unhappy with me saying that their free medical and educational service to the poor is good, in general (excluding any brain-washing bit). I countered their criticism with my view of the matter.
Now I have a few questions of these social media activists who have criticized me and those who supported such criticism.
1) Do you condemn the free medical and free educational service done by Muddenahalli group (excluding any brain-washing part of students and patients to believe in Madhusudan's claim)? Don't dodge the question. Have the courage to answer it. Yes or No?
2) [This point is not a question but gives some background info.] SSSCT trustee S.S. Naganand has played a key role in revealing to Sathya Sai fraternity what happened in the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust - SSSLST - (which owns and manages the Muddenahalli school and its grounds where Muddenahalli group has its "darshan" and "sambhashan" (discourse) sessions of Madhusudan) in the years after Mahasamadhi. Perhaps he chose to reveal the matters as the matter had gone to court. Now we know the SSSCT side of the story relating to SSSLST.
Then we had the revered Gangadhara Bhat anna of Alike school, former chairman of SSSLST, tell us (not sure whether it was in public or in private) about how Narasimhamurthy was the key powermonger who involved him in the allegedly illegal act of changing the SSSLST trust deed to increase its trustees to nine members (from five, if I recall correctly), which enabled Muddenahalli group supporters to have a majority in SSSLST board of trustees. Gangadhara Bhat anna has also said that he does not believe in Madhusudan claim (though I have to say that he showed to the Sathya Sai devotee world as if he was doing so in previous years). I am given to understand that Gangadhara anna has even acknowledged that he made a (big) mistake by supporting Narasimhamurthy and Madhusudan Naidu after Mahasamadhi (2011) till he broke away from them sometime in end 2016/early 2017.
But, in contrast, the Sathya Sai fraternity on social media has got no such revelations and confessions and apologies from Sai university alumni-staff about the GREAT BETRAYAL by them of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba from Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014 when they BLINDLY followed instructions of TRAITORS vice-chancellor Sashidhara Prasad and former warden Narasimhamurthy!!!
3) Why have you NOT DEMANDED that Sai university conduct a PUBLIC & THOROUGH INVESTIGATION of the GREAT BETRAYAL from Jul. 2011 to Nov. 2014 by its former vice-chacellor Sashidhara Prasad and former warden Narasimhamurthy, and traitor-collaborators (quislings) like Naren Ramji (Registrar) and Sudhir Bhaskar (then Director of Prasanthi Nilayam campus)? Why have you not demanded that SSSCT trustee Shri K.Chakravarthi who was the key trustee handling the Sai university, should give a full and public account of what happened then, like SSSCT trustee Shri S.S. Naganand has done in the matter of SSSLST illegal trust deed amendment? In particular, I ask the above questions to the Sai educational institution alumni who seem to have become leaders of the group that is challenging me on social media. Are you SCARED of offending your alumni brothers? Are you scared of the INEVITABLE BLOWBACK from alumni if you DARE to say such things? If so, then at least be TRUTHFUL and say that you scared of asking such questions to bring out the TRUTH of the GREAT BETRAYAL that happened in the Sai university. Don't be a big DHONGI (hypocrite) appearing to be a great warrior for truth while you are not willing to investigate and reveal the truth of the GREAT BETRAYAL in the Sai university itself.
That finishes my main questions.
It is my considered view that the BIG FAILURE in this immediate post-Mahasamdhi Sathya Sai movement is from ALUMNI OF SAI EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. They are the CAUSE of the SPLIT in the Sathya Sai movement - Prasanthi Nilayam and Muddenahalli. Madhusudan Rao Naidu is an alumnus of Brindavan campus and Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the Sai university!!! The Sai educational institution alumni are the people who endorsed and supported Muddenahalli group in its initial years.
I have not hesitated to challenge those of the Sai educational institution alumni who became promoters of Madhusudan Rao Naidu. How many alumni have challenged them? Has anybody, I repeat anybody, challenged its main alumni promoter-preacher/promoter-apologist, brother VijaySai B.S., like me (I mean, in the direct & intense way I have by dedicating many posts to challenging him, and not by only some comments here and there on Facebook)? And now some of these alumni fellows are trying to teach me, and because of their alumni status seem to have found supporters in their efforts to challenge me! What a JOKE!!!
It is my considered view that until and unless the key office bearers of Sai university in the GREAT BETRAYAL period of Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014, like Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Directors and Joint-Directors of campuses, hostel wardens and HODs, along with SSSCT trustees involved with Sai university management, make a clean and thorough public confession of how then vice-chancellor Sashidhara Prasad and former warden Narasimhamurthy HIJACKED Sai university including forcing out the LOYAL to Sathya Sai, veteran Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju from the Sai university, Sai university will stay bogged down in PSYCHOLOGICAL DENIAL and COVER-UP of the GREAT BETRAYAL and continue to be a BIG FAILURE in spiritual leadership in this post-Mahasamadhi phase of Sathya Sai movement.
Note: For those who are not familiar with the word, apologist: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apologetics, "Apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defense") is the religious discipline of defending or proving the truth of religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse. Early Christian writers (c. 120–220) who defended their beliefs against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called Christian apologists. In 21st century usage, 'apologetics' is often identified with debates over religion and theology."
And from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apologist,
'Recent Examples of apologist from the Web
And as a Christian apologist, or defender of the faith, who spoke around the country at churches and conferences, Hanegraaff also made the case against some non-Christian religions.
Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "The photo that lost radio’s ‘Bible Answer Man’ thousands of listeners", 2 June 2017"'.
Given below are my comments from my Facebook post,
https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1926134624269772, associated with this post:
Ravi S. Iyer wrote (slightly edited):
Sairam --name-snipped--, I do not view you as a social media activist. You only comment on few posts and typically do not get into activism. About being calm - well, I am activist on this matter and so I have to challenge people who try to challenge me. That's how these things work. If I want to be calm, I should retire from this activism. Which I may do if I get fed up of some DHONGIS!
Ravi S. Iyer wrote (slightly edited):
Thanks --name-snipped-- for your comment.
I agree that Muddenahalli group leaders in general, and Narasimhmamurthy and Madhusudan Rao Naidu in particular, have cheated (I mean spiritual teaching wise cheating) Swami. That is why I use the word TRAITOR for Narasimhamurthy and Madhusudan Naidu especially. They betrayed Swami by diluting and distorting his legacy and memories, and they are misguiding thousands of Sathya Sai devotees worldwide by using Bhagavan's HOLY NAME & IMAGE.
Ravi S. Iyer wrote (slightly edited):
--Name-snipped--, Thanks brother for your comment. I am not so bothered (though it still is an issue for me) about my individual case of people having betrayed me and harassed and humiliated me. I am far more bothered about things related to Sathya Sai movement now like lack of spiritual leadership in Sai university and this horrendous split between Prasanthi Nilayam and Muddenahalli group.
Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Copy-paste of my comment from another post which I felt appropriate to put up on this post too:
I hope readers will realize that I have been working right from March 2015 on PUBLICLY opposing on social media including Facebook, the FALSE CLAIM of Madhusudan Rao Naidu, well before some Sai educational institution alumni who seem to now have attracted the attention of some people on Facebook. It is good that some such alumni are acting now, even if their actions on this matter are late. Let us hope they will be able to bring more alumni to oppose the FALSE CLAIM of Madhusudan Rao Naidu publicly. So far, very very few Sai educational institution alumni, including alumni who are Sai university faculty and administrators now, have publicly condemned Madhusudan Rao Naidu and Narasimhamurthy. Most alumni seem to want to play safe by sitting on the fence or staying silent. In the history of the Sathya Sai movement I think that this (very few alumni publicly condemning Madhusudan Rao Naidu & Narasimhamurthy) will go down as a BIG FAILURE on part of Sai educational institution alumni. Of course, the TRAITOR Madhusudan Rao Naidu is also a Sai educational institution alumnus.
[I thank wikipedia and merriam-webster.com and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above short extracts from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]