Last updated on 4th Nov. 2018
The video segment can be seen on youtube, with Shashidhara Prasad coming into view from the left edge of the video around 1 hr. 27 min. 37 seconds, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-sek8iHmIs&start=5257 . [I have tried to set it to automatically start at 1 hr. 27 min. 37 seconds but if that does not work readers will have to manually set the start time as they are viewing the long video.] You may stop viewing the video after Madhusudan Rao Naidu goes well beyond Shashidhara Prasad at around 1 hr. 27 min. 52 seconds.
[Update on 4th Nov. 2018
In a later post, I have taken a more nuanced view. Here's the post: My view of how Prasanthi Nilayam system got severely and negatively impacted by Guru Drohi Narasimhamurthy, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2018/08/my-view-of-how-prasanthi-nilayam-system.html, 21st Aug. 2018.
Relevant extract from it is given below:
The ****biggest**** traitor of Sai university was NOT Narasimhamurthy as Narasimhamurthy had stepped out of his warden of Sai university Brindavan campus position. Narasimhamurthy is the biggest traitor of the Sathya Sai movement and a traitor of Sai university too but not the biggest traitor of the Sai university, IMHO. The ****biggest**** traitor of the Sai university was then vice-chancellor Shashidhara Prasad. He lost confidence in the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust which was effectively paying all the salaries of paid staff of Sai university and meeting its other expenses, and turned against the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT). Note that Shashidhara Prasad was offering honorary services (no salary, I believe) with his room in PN ashram and vehicle expenses (as he would frequently visit Mysore) being provided by SSSCT, I believe.
The ethical thing for Shashidhara Prasad to have done was to have quit his vice-chancellor position if he had lost confidence in the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. He could have joined Narasimhamurthy openly then itself (around July 2011). Then I would not have labelled him as a traitor and as the ****biggest**** traitor of Sai university. I would have respected him for such an ethical resignation irrespective of whether his loss of confidence then in SSSCT was justified or not.
But he did NOT do that. Instead he sat in the very powerful chair of vice-chancellor of Sai university and started taking instructions from Narasimhamurthy viewing Narasimhamurthy as successor to Sathya Sai!!! Shashidhara Prasad even tried to convert some young faculty of Sai university to viewing Narasimhamurthy in this fashion. One such young faculty told me himself in, if I recall correctly, the second half of 2011, that Shashidhara Prasad was trying to convince him to view Narasimhamurthy as Moses (of the Old Testament of Christian and Jewish faith) who will now lead the Sathya Sai movement!
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end-4th-Nov-2018 Update.]The three traitors in descending order of level/amount of betrayal (first in list is the biggest in betrayal) of the Sai university are as follows:
Sai University TRAITOR No. 1 - B.N. Narasimhamurthy
Shri B.N. Narasimahmurthy is wearing a white dress and walking behind Madhusudan Naidu. Narasimhamurthy was long-time warden in two campuses of the Sai university - Prasanthi Nilayam campus and then Brindavan campus. Narasimhamurthy is the main man who dreamed up (rather literally) Muddenahalli group with their FALSE BELIEF of so called subtle body of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba based in Muddenahalli. Initially Narasimhamurthy claimed to receive dream instructions for Sathya Sai mission, from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. In other words, he claimed to be a dream-instruction successor of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Later Narasimhamurthy endorsed and promoted the FREAKY FALSE CLAIM of Madhusudan Rao Naidu being a so called chosen communicator who can see and interact with this so called subtle body, and which subtle body, for all practical purposes, can be seen by ONLY Madhusudan Rao Naidu and interacted with ONLY THROUGH Madhusudan Rao Naidu. Without Narasimhamurthy's endorsement and promotion, Madhusudan Rao Naidu would not have made much of an impact on the Sathya Sai fraternity worldwide.
I think Narasimhamurthy would have made Madhusudan Rao Naidu a so called "chosen communicator" to ensure that there is no confusion and contradiction between Madhusudan and others who also claim to be mediums of Sathya Sai. Further, Madhusudan, at least in the initial years, would have been a ****mere chosen puppet**** under ****complete control**** of the puppet-master Narasimhamurthy.
Note that Narasimhamurthy was personally told by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (physical form) that Bhagavan never uses mediums (other persons' bodies as mediums) and that Bhagavan directly interacts with his devotees. Yet he chose to misguide thousands of Sathya Sai devotees around the world and create deep and painful division in the Sathya Sai fraternity to perhaps satisfy some grandiose fantasy he had of being accepted and worshiped as successor to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Somewhere down the line he seems to have felt that he needs a chosen puppet who imitates Sathya Sai and has the stamp of Sai university student, and so he teamed up with Madhusudan Rao Naidu to try to fulfil his grandiose fantasy of succeeding Sathya Sai as a two person team (Madhusudan and Narasimhamurthy).
Sai University TRAITOR No. 2 - J. Shashidhara Prasad
A short period after Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi, from around July 2011, Shashidhara Prasad started viewing Narasimhamurthy as the medium-successor of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, ignoring the view of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust which was the top mother body controlling the Sai university and which had appointed him as VC! Essentially he became the TRAITOR VICE-CHANCELLOR of Sai university from around Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014 (when he stepped down) and HIJACKED the Sai university along with his mentor Narasimhamurthy. Shashidhara Prasad even tried to influence young faculty of Sai university to accept Narasimharmurthy as the medium-successor of Sathya Sai, by saying that Narasimhamurthy should be viewed like Moses! Shashidhara Prasad also maligned some senior people of Prasanthi Nilayam ashram in private, using that as a way to try to convince people to follow Narasimhamurthy. This is the dirty politics that one sees at times in some nasty organizations in India. He did all this even though he was sitting in the very powerful VC's chair of the Sai university. That is why I view him as the TRAITOR VICE-CHANCELLOR of the Sai university.
I would not have called him a traitor if he had stepped down as VC as soon as he lost faith in some senior people of Prasanthi Nilayam. That would have been the honourable path to take. The path of HIJACKING the Sai university along with the TRAITOR no. 1 - Narasimhamurthy, was utterly unethical and utterly dishonourable.
I would not have called him a traitor if he had followed Narasimhamurthy ****after**** he stepped down as VC. In that case, I would have called him only as misguided by the TRAITOR Narasimhamurthy. Shashidhara Prasad has done ***IMMENSE DAMAGE*** to the spiritual thrust of the Sai university by his serious betrayal of the teachings and instructions of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the founder-chancellor of the Sai university, with respect to mediums and communicators (that Bhagavan never uses them). He has actively contributed to the misguidance of thousands of Sathya Sai devotees across the world by Narasimhamurthy and Madhusudan Rao Naidu by his endorsement of, and support for, Narasimhamurthy and Madhusudan Rao Naidu.
Traitor no. 1 Narasimhamurthy used the status and power of vice-chancellor that his devotee/follower Shashidhara Prasad had, to help Narasimhamurthy become the Swami-successor for the Sai university till Shashidhara Prasad stepped down as Vice-Chancellor in Nov. 2014. The over three year period of HIJACK of Sai university by these two traitors will go down in the history of the DIVINE Sai university founded by Shiva-Shakti Swarupa, Kali Yuga Avatar, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as perhaps its darkest phase.
Sai University TRAITOR No. 3 - Madhusudan Rao Naidu
Madhusudan's false claim of communicator and his imitation of Sathya Sai have led to serious division in the Sathya Sai fraternity worldwide, with the loyalists (loyal to Sathya Sai teachings and instructions on mediums and communicators) being the major group which completely rejects Madhusudan Rao Naidu's communicator claims, and the splinter Muddenahalli group which accepts Madhusadan Rao Naidu's FALSE communicator claim, being a smaller but significantly sized group with presence in many countries of the world, besides India, of course.
Note that the official name now of the Sai university is Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, and it is a deemed university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the top academic regulator for most of the higher education institutions in India. UGC itself operates under control of, and gets funding from, the (Indian) Union (federal) Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Given below are some comments from my Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2088545168028716, associated with this post :
Terry Reis Kennedy wrote: Thanks, Ravi.
Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Vr Ganti sir, I mostly agree with the following words of your comment, "In my opinion, all those 3 could not have achieved what they did achieve thus far without the solid support from the student community of SAI. It is for sure a disgrace on their part for having supported the LIGHT BODY concept with utter disregard to SAI BABA’s own statement that He will never use any medium to communicate with His devotees."
But I would like to say that not all Sai university alumni (former students) supported Narasimhamurthy and the subtle body/light body concept. However, a majority of them, including almost all the alumni-faculty & alumni-staff of the Sai university either supported Shashidhara Prasad-Narasimhamurthy HIJACK of Sai university OR did not dare to oppose them. Note that Sai university alumni-faculty & alumni-staff were given handsome pay raises through being put on regular UGC pay scale and/or sixth pay commission implementation, pushed through very aggressively by VC Shashidhara Prasad around Jul 2011 and which made Shashidhara Prasad a HERO for these alumni-faculty and alumni-staff (and to the other non-alumni paid faculty and paid staff too) of the Sai university.
That is what allowed Muddenahalli group to grow so exponentially and become a serious divisive threat to Sathya Sai fraternity worldwide.
If the Sai university alumni community had publicly challenged Narasimhamurthy's subtle body/light body concept in the initial years itself (say 2012), then Muddenahalli group may have got nipped in the bud itself, and NOT created this serious divisive split in the Sathya Sai fraternity worldwide.
Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
One thing that I recall clearly from Bhagavan's discourses, heard live sitting in Sai Kulwant Hall, is that Sathya and Dharma have their own great power. Swami would say, just following one is enough (meaning other values will come automatically, I guess).
So I have to say here that I respect all those of Muddenahalli group who follow Sathya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema values. I view them as being misguided in their belief that Madhusudan is saying the words of Sathya Sai or that Sathya Sai enters into his body. But if they follow Sathya and Dharma in their lives then that has its own spiritual power and that will help them.
So I do not hate brothers and sisters of Muddenahalli group and wish them well.
But I have to be true to my beloved and revered Gurudev, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. And so I will follow his teachings and instructions to never believe mediums and communicators who claim to speak the words of Sathya Sai.