Last updated on 28th Oct. 2017
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=411102299304749&id=100012149461697 informs us that today is Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju's 75th birthday. The Facebook post is authored by Smt. Sarojini Shyam Kanagala who is the daughter of Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju (AK sir).
I have given below some pics of AK sir with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba that were put up on that Facebook post, presuming that Smt. Sarojini Kanagala and AK sir would not mind me doing so. The first pic also shows Bhagawan with AK sir and his wife.
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I (Ravi) added the following comment (slightly edited) on above Facebook post:
In my considered view, Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's divine university, Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara (Speak the truth, follow ethical/righteous living) university, Professor who was referred to as Professor by Bhagawan himself, and not just a mere UGC/AICTE (Indian academic university regulatory bodies) professor.
In a meeting with Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju at his Staff quarters flat in Puttaparthi in early 2012, I recall telling him something on the lines of: Like when people read/view and talk about Jesus Christ today, they read and talk about his apostle Peter, similarly when people read/view and talk about Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in coming years (decades and centuries, at least), they will also read/view and talk about Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju (AK sir).
Today in late 2017, I continue to hold that same view. AK sir has been the key English language translator of Bhagawan during the last few decades of Bhagawan's physical body mission. I myself am very grateful to AK sir as during the initial years of my Sathya Sai journey (from around 1993 onwards) at least, when my knowledge of Telugu was zero, it was AK sir's on-the-spot English translation of Bhagawan's divine discourses which I had the privilege of listening to live, that allowed me to get some understanding of those live discourses.
After I joined the Sai university in Jan 2003 offering free service as Honorary Staff/Honorary Faculty/Visiting Faculty till Mar 2012, AK sir was always easily accessible and friendly to me. I greatly appreciated that free access and friendship of AK sir despite him having so much physical proximity to Bhagavan. AK sir did not show and still does not show one small bit of 'form boy' and 'big administrator' arrogance. I think that itself speaks volumes of how loving, humble and kind a person, AK sir is.
In the chaos, trauma and confusion of the immediate post-Mahasamadhi years in Prasanthi Nilayam/Puttaparthi, I found that AK sir remained loyal to teachings of Bhagawan with respect to claims of dream-instruction mediums and communicators, and was willing to even publicly state these views. At a time when many big shots in Prasanthi Nilayam system who were in powerful administrative positions in the ashram system and who had enjoyed many decades of close physical proximity to Bhagawan, swayed towards dream-instruction mediums and communicators, it was AK sir's adherence to Bhagawan's teachings that reject such dream-instruction mediums and communicators, that shone brightly as the real practice of Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara.
AK sir may have had to face a lot of harsh treatment by those administrators in Prasanthi Nilayam system, including Sai university top administrators, who had jumped to the dream-instruction medium camp, but I think this treatment by fire has only made AK sir's character shine brighter than what it was already, by his adherence to Bhagavan's teachings and to Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara.
And here is a current pic of AK sir and his wife (courtesy: SaiBliss Facebook user):
In my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2001564283393472, associated with this blog post, one person's comment had the following partial contents:
"Anil Kumar and Narasimha Murthy are equally great speakers and translators of Sai Messages in Telugu and in English . They are like Surya and Chandra for the Lord Sathya Sai Jyothi. Anil Kumar is married and remained with his family and friends while Narasimha Murthy is a Thyagi Jeevi attached to his dreams out of His Lord's Grace and Love."
The main part of my (Ravi) response is given below:
Sairam sir! I am afraid that in my considered view, Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy who was referred by Swami as 'my Vivekananda' in the 70s/80s, after Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi, lost his spiritual way and went against the teachings and instructions of Kali Yuga Avatar, Shiva Shakti Swarupa, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
I would have had no objections whatsoever if Shri Narasimamurthy had started a spiritual movement in his own name or a slightly modified name like Narasimhamurthy Sai Baba. But that he used the holy name of Sathya Sai Baba for his (Narasimhamurthy's) own instructions and views, was the biggest blunder that any Sai devotee, small or big, could do. He will go down in history of Sai avatar as the man who, after Mahasamadhi, misguided thousands of Sathya Sai devotees across the world, using the name of Sathya Sai (and not his own name), and who created a very big and very painful split in the Sathya Sai fraternity. That is the unfortunate truth.
Even a thousand free schools, a thousand free pediatric cardiac super-speciality hospitals, and a thousand ashram institutions created around the world will NOT change that unfortunate truth that will be associated with the name of Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy as he was the primary force to create the so called Muddenahalli subtle body false belief using the name of Sathya Sai.
Sathyan Naasti Paro Dharmaha! Sathyameva Jayate! Jai Sairam!