Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pope Francis exhorts USA President Trump to work for world peace; Trump states on Facebook, he is "more determined than ever to pursue PEACE"

https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/videos/10159188076420725/ has a 19 seconds video of the meeting shared on Facebook by USA President Donald J. Trump, on May 24th 2017.

The text of above post of President Trump states, "Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world."

Ravi: Wonderful! All the best for such world peace efforts!

Here is the full video, President Trump in Vatican. Pres. Trump meets with Pope Francis. May 24, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46qzGgT1FDI, 46 min. 34 secs. I saw the whole video as I wanted to get a feel for this meeting btw USA President Trump and Pope Francis. At the beginning when they meet, Pope Francis seems serious though welcoming, with President Trump being friendly. After their private meeting, when Pope Francis meets Trump's delegation, Pope Francis is much more relaxed and happy.

Trump presented the Pope works of Rev. Martin Luther King, whereas the Pope presented Trump a small sculptured Olive tree, which the Pope told Trump, symbolized peace.

I am glad that the Pope Francis meeting went off well not only with President Trump but also his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Secy. of state, Rex Tillerson as well as NSA McMaster were also part of the delegation that met Pope Francis.

To read President Trump saying that he leaves the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue peace in the world, is reassuring and encouraging to me. I think the world is blessed to have such an extraordinary leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Pope Francis, who has been a relentless promoter of peace and charitable service to the less fortunate, ever since he became Pope.

Here's a New York Times article on the meeting, The Latest: Trump’s Meeting With the Pope at the Vatican, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/world/europe/trump-pope-vatican.html.

It reports that Pope Francis looked into President Trump's eyes, while telling him about the Olive Tree sculpture/medallion and said, "It is with all hope that you may become an olive tree to make peace".

USA First Lady, Melania Trump held a rosary for Pope Francis to bless, which he did.

Ravi: I pray to Almighty God to shower His Grace on the world peace efforts of President Trump and the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sanathana Sarathi May 2017: SSSCT trustees condemn Muddenahalli subtle form group for heinous sacrilege of betraying Bhagavan Himself

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.

NOTICE

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Miscellaneous comments of (mainly) mine on Facebook in May 2017

Last updated on 15-May-2017

Given below are slightly edited comments (mostly mine) from Facebook post-comment branch https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1902673919949176?comment_id=1906347692915132, dated May 12th 2017:

Ravi S. Iyer wrote: --Name-snipped--, Sairam! I believe you are from Australia. Yes, there is unfortunately a lot of division among Australian Sai devotees over Muddenahalli claims.

However, Australian Sai orgn. people have openly countered the claims of Muddenahalli group and stated that Madhusudan Naidu's claims are false.

It is a deeply emotional issue for many people. Prasanthi Nilayam ashram itself was terribly divided over the matter for nearly five years from Jul 2011 to mid 2016. Such is life!
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--Name-snipped-- wrote:
Thank you,, Sai Ram.  It is deeply upsetting to me,as my very good friend Is so involved,,,it is affecting our friendship,,, she is very gullible ,,,and easily take. Advantage of ,,,
I was shocked when she took.me one day to the home in Murwillumbah, Which is described as Swami,s house, it has a bedroom there for Swami ( Mahdu). ,,,the speaker on that day was from ? Asia somewhere ,,I forget ,, he was asking the devotees if they would like to donate money for a hospital in Raipur ,,,,and if they maybe could mortgage their Homes to raise the.money !!! !!!!! I was shocked at that suggestion ,,,,
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
My God! I have heard second hand accounts of such open donation requests that Muddenhalli group makes. But you seem to say that you yourself heard a Muddenhalli group speaker in a visit to Australia, ask devotees, "if they would like to donate money for a hospital in Raipur ,,,,and if they maybe could mortgage their Homes to raise the.money"!!! Did I understand that correctly --Name-snipped--???

Of course, as far as I know, the REAL Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba never made such requests for money and never asked people to mortgage their homes for such money. Very sorry to know that a good friend of yours has got caught up in Muddenahalli group. We know what you are going through as we went through that too. One feels rather helpless as one cannot stop the other person from getting trapped by Muddenahalli group.
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--Name-snipped-- wrote:
Yes I swear on Sai Baba . I was shocked also, I told our regional coordinator --Name-snipped-- ,,she was also horrified
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Sairam --Name-snipped--! Yes, this is a public post and there are some Melbourne, Australia based Muddenahalli group supporters who cyberstalk my posts. I have been viciously maligned by them on Facebook.

I think your confirmation that you personally heard it, is very significant for me. Thanks for the confirmation.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Well, I prefer to focus on public interactions on such matters. The role that I play is that of publicly sharing some wrong doings of Muddenahalli group.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
My stand on Muddenahalli group fund-raising practices is that so long as they don't use psychological coercion, I don't object to them collecting voluntary funds to finance their social work activities. Of course, they need to follow accounting and disclosure laws and norms of the countries in which they operate. But if they break such laws/norms then law enforcement of those countries needs to get into play to investigate them. I have not heard of any such law enforcement issue for them in Australia so far - so perhaps their fund-raising actions are within Australian law.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
But I strongly object to any psychological coercion that Muddenahalli group uses in Australia for fund-raising. I think appropriate govt. agencies in Australia must be told of any such psychological coercion that Muddenahalli group makes. That's the right way to stop such bad practices of Muddenahalli group in Australia, IMHO.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
--Name-snipped--, I think you are wise in deciding to stay away from Muddenahalli group.
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
I have received reports that Madhusudan Naidu does have some mind-reading/memory-reading powers which makes it easy for him to trap people into believing his FALSE CLAIM of being a so called communicator of Baba. So staying away from him is the safest thing to do for you and your friends and family.
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--Name-snipped-- wrote:
Yes , I do believe so
I will just stay with my little group,,,,
I have been to see Swami and had interview ,,swami gave me a Shiva lingam when he healed me from an illness also
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
Great to know your good experience with physical form Bhagavan.
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--Name-snipped-- wrote (two comments collapsed into one):
Yes, so great an experience. It was Xmas 1989 I first went, had my interview, and also the healing,,,so magnificent an experience I will remember it every day ,, ,Swami held both my hands In . His, and told.me I am a good girl !!!!
We went Into the inner room where I actually had the privilege of sitting at his feet
It is good to share these. Wonderful times with someone like you who has experienced Swami too
[Ravi S. Iyer 'Facebook-Liked' the above comments of --name-snipped--.]
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--Name-snipped-- wrote:
Now the physical firm has gone, I think a lot of folk are trying to fill the void , ,,,,that is why the group in MDH exists
[Ravi S. Iyer 'Facebook-Liked' the above comment of --name-snipped--.]
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Some other thoughts of mine:

Charles Penn, as far as I know, DID NOT give darshan of, interviews with, and discourses of, himself or an associated subtle body which only he could see and interact with, misrepresenting them as darshan, interviews and discourses with/of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Saying that Baba was speaking through him was different from saying that he is giving a discourse of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

As far as I know, no such discourses of Charles Penn when Charles Penn felt that Baba was speaking through him, are listed in Sathya Sai Speaks as Sathya Sai discourses.

Prior to Mahasamadhi, the physical presence of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba ensured that all such persons stayed within acceptable perimeters as drawn by Bhagavan himself. So Charles Penn, I guess, would have been viewed as an honoured devotee-speaker of Bhagavan.

After Mahasamadhi, as Bhagavan is not there in physical form to explicitly condemn actions of people like Madhusudan Rao Naidu who is going against the teachings and instructions of Bhagavan, we see some faulty justifications being given for Madhusudan's condemnable actions.
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Around 35:00 in the video, Thursday Satsang : 11th May, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkVAEugFAJI, Sri Sathya Sai Vrinda Official, you can see Prof. J. Sashidhara Prasad (JSP) talk to Madhusudan Naidu (Madhu Baba). You can easily make out that while JSP is showing some respect to Madhu Baba, it is nowhere close to reverence. I mean he did not even make a Namaskar gesture to Madhu Baba!!!

Now I don't know how Sashidhara Prasad behaved towards physical form Sathya Sai. Maybe some darshan videos would show that. But former vice-chancellors of Sai university like Shri S.V. Giri and Prof. G. Venkataraman were surely reverential towards physical form Swami and would surely have done at least one Namaskar (folded hands) gesture to Swami in an interaction with Swami like the one JSP had with Madhu Baba.

It is my considered view that JSP is spiritually ignorant about physical form, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is my second nearly one hour one-on-one interaction with him in the VC's chambers in July 2011 where I saw an extraordinary Hitler like ugly dominator side of JSP, which was the key event that made me cut down my interactions with Sai university from then on, to around an hour a week, and eventually terminate my relationship with Sai university in March 2012. So I am speaking from both DIRECT interactions that I had with Sashidhara Prasad as well as many accounts of other people's interactions with him in the key period of July 2011 to mid 2012, which led me to conclude that Sashidhara Prasad became a TRAITOR to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, and was the key conspirator in Muddenhalli group HIJACK of Sai university from Jul. 2011 to Nov. 2014 when Sashidhara Prasad stepped down as VC of Sai university.

See, if he had simply quit Sai university in Jul 2011 or a few months later and joined Narasimhamurthy, I would not have labelled him as a traitor. I would have said that he was spiritually misguided. But this man sat in the all powerful chair of VC of Sai university and behaved like a double-agent whose loyalty was to Narasimhamurthy and NOT to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust which was the mother trust funding the Sai university. What an EPIC BETRAYAL IT WAS!!! Poor SSSCT did not have the GUTS to dismiss him then as he threatened to create a media furore if he was dismissed as VC!

This man, Sashidhara Prasad, seems to have a personal agenda of being known as a great spiritual educationist!!! He has a lot of clout in Indian academic administrative circles, I am told, besides being connected to some political leaders in Karnataka.

In the video, Narasimhamurthy translates Madhu Baba's speech saying that when they started the school in Gulbarga he wanted 50 acres of land though 5 acres would do for only a school. Madhu Baba says that he knew the rule about university needing 50 acres of land and had the plan to start a university there.

From around 1:11:20 there is talk about a private university being started in Gulbarga by Muddenahalli group.  That, as per my understanding of UGC administered Indian academic system, would be a private deemed university which is what our Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Sai university) also is.

At the time the Gulbarga school was being built and inaugurated in Nov. 2012, I was informed by reliable sources that Madhusudan Naidu was a nobody in the setup. It was Narasimhamurthy who was playing dream and intuition instruction Swami then NOT Madhusudan Naidu. But in this "discourse" Madhu Baba gives an impression that it was him as communicator of so called subtle body that was the main person even then, and Narasimhamurthy plays along with the charade!!!

Around 1:13:25, Narasimhamurthy says in translation, "Today we have submitted an application for starting a private university." ... "Within a year we are going to get all the permissions. We are going to start a .. university college, also university research in Gulbarga."

So now this man, Sashidhara Prasad, seems to be a key top academic administrator person in promoting a university where Madhu Baba's dilution, distortion and corruption of Sathya Sai teachings using the HOLY NAME of Sathya Sai, will perhaps get Indian academic university and so academic research stamp!!! What a tragedy it will be, if they succeed in this endeavour!!! What additional betrayal it will be of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba by this TRAITOR Vice-chancellor, Sashidhara Prasad!!!

I will have NO OBJECTION to this new university of Muddenahalli group if it uses the name of Madhu Baba or Narasimhamurthy Baba or Sashidhara Prasad Baba INSTEAD of the name of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba! But these fellows will SHAMELESSLY use the name of Sathya Sai Baba! What a tragedy!

Most people in Sai circles including Sai university alumni seem to be VERY SCARED of saying anything against Sashidhara Prasad. But what I have written above is, in my considered view, very sadly, very close to the truth.
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Note that, as far as I know, till today there has been NO WORD OF CONDEMNATION from Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust OR Sai univeristy of Prof. Sashidhara Prasad's TRAITOR and Narasimhamurthy DOUBLE-AGENT role as vice-chancellor of Sai university from Jul. 2011 to Nov. 2014 when he stepped down as VC.

In my considered view, it is a mix of fear, respect for senior academic administrators and psychological denial that prevents SSSCT and Sai university top administrators & trustees from publicly condemning Prof. Sashidhara Prasad. I presume that Sashidhara Prasad continues to be influential in top Indian UGC academic administrator circles and also continues to have support of some key Karnataka political leaders.

Now I think it is well established that the Sai university alumni group is itself deeply divided about Muddenahalli group and prefers to play a safe and fence-sitter role by staying publicly silent on the matter. I mean, so far the Sai university alumni group, as far as I know, have not even condemned Narasimhamurthy and Madhusudan Rao Naidu!!! As far as I am concerned, the Sai university alumni group has been completely ineffective as a group in combating Muddenahalli group.

But as SSSCT and SSSIHL (Sai university) top administrators/trustees themselves have not publicly condemned former vice-chancellor Sashidhara Prasad for his betrayal and Narasimhamurthy double-agent role from Jul 2011 to Nov. 2014, I think it is too much for us to expect Sai university alumni group to officially state anything on the matter.

I must also say that a few Sai university alumni have, in their individual capacities, courageously exposed and condemned Muddenahalli group. I very much appreciate their contribution in this regard.

But individual contributions are different from alumni group contribution via official statements! Such a statement would have the backing of the alumni group as a whole which would perhaps be in the thousands, or at least hundreds. Just imagine the impact of official condemnation of Muddenahalli group by alumni group with a list of names of thousands, or at least hundreds, of alumni who endorse it!!!

But that has not happened even against Narasimhamurthy or Madhusudan Naidu!!! And that's why I hold the view that the Sai university (and school) alumni group have been completely ineffective in combating Muddenahalli group.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Chowk at Mahakali Caves Rd and Takshila Complex Jn., Andheri (E), Mumbai

Very happy to see the pics below of the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Chowk in Andheri (East), Mumbai, on 12th May 2017. I lived in Takshila complex (large housing society/ies) for perhaps 2 years or so in the early 1990s. Glad that the junction between Takshila complex and Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai has been named Sri Sathya Sai Chowk. Note that Dharmakshetra Sathya Sai centre is located on Mahakali Caves Road.





Above pics courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=128390787719026&id=100016443157316 of Facebook user Sri Sathya Sai Glimpses, dated May 13th 2017 

Friday, May 12, 2017

USA Bipartisan Congressional delegation under Nancy Pelosi meets Indian PM Narendra Modi and thanks India for hosting H.H. Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhists

Last updated on 12th May 2017

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155103194116007&set=a.156952146006.151317.506841006&type=3&theater dated May 11th 2017, has the pic which I copy-pasted below (Thanks to Dhardon Sharling for pic).



The abovementioned Facebook post also quotes former USA Speaker and current House of Representatives Minority Leader (Democrat), Nancy Pelosi, as saying, "In our meetings with top government officials, our delegation expressed our gratitude to the government and people of India for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, and for the support of Tibetans living in India".

Ravi: I think this gesture of Ms. Nancy Pelosi and the USA bipartisan Congressional delegation is a very nice one. Of course, I am very happy that my country, India, has provided a home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhists during their time of difficulty, and provided them complete freedom to practice their Buddhist faith.
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Update on 12th May 2017


Above pic courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/NancyPelosi/photos/pcb.10155531212519384/10155531211704384/?type=3&theater, dated May 11th 2017



Above two pics courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/NancyPelosi/posts/10155523636929384, dated May 9th 2017. The text of that Facebook post of Nancy Pelosi is as follows, "Our delegation visits the Dalai Lama in his spirit of faith & peace, coming to be inspired & demonstrate our commitment to the Tibetan people."

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ramana Maharshi on possibility of leaving his ashram: Where can I go? I shall always be a prisoner.

Given below is an extract from the book, 'A Sadhu’s Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi', written by Major Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala), http://www.jainlibrary.org/elib_master/jlib/007501_book_english_41/Sadhus_Reminiscences_of_Raman_Maharshi_007606_std.pdf. The extract is from Page 90 (pdf page 96).

One day someone remarked to Bhagavan, “There are many things that happen here of which Bhagavan cannot approve. Why does he remain here? He has no ties or desires.”

“What can I do?” asked Bhagavan. “If I go off to the forest and try to hide, what will happen? They will soon find me out. Then someone will put up a hut in front of me and another person at the back, and it will not be long before huts will have sprung up on either side. Where can I go? I shall always be a prisoner.”

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Ravi: The burden that devotees put on a well known Guru which includes their superhuman expectations of what the Guru must do for them, is very scary. Eventually the well known Guru almost seems to become, at a worldly level, a prisoner of the expectations and demands that are placed on him by his devotees.

I think it is important for devotees of a well known Guru to give some space to the Guru. It is my considered view now that the Guru has both human aspects and divine aspects. At the human level, the Guru should be allowed to relax and take it easy at times, instead of devotees burdening the Guru with all their requests to intercede in their human affairs all the time.

[I thank Sadhu Arunachala/Major Chadwick and have presumed that he and his heirs will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from their book/ website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Short message from Indian embassy in Zagreb, Croatia about 27-Apr-2017 Ananda Trust event

Given below is a short message I received over email from Indian embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, which I felt is appropriate to share publicly:

"The Indian Embassy in Zagreb has clarified that the Ananda Trust public event in Zagreb on 27 April 2017 was organized solely by Ananda Trust, Croatia, independent of the Embassy in Zagreb.  Focus of the Embassy remains promotion of bilateral relationship between India and Croatia in all fields."