In an unlikely twist of events, PM Narendra Modi, like a number of former PM’s and presidents of India a staunch supporter of the late Sathya Sai Baba, seems to at least surreptitiously endorse the Sathya Sai Baba copycat Madhusudan, as if he were a rightful and worthy heir to the legacy of the late ‘avatar’. (Well, perhaps, he is, as he seems as mendacious and self-deluded, as convinced of his own predictions, and selling his trickery to the highest bidders while donning a renunciate philanthropist life style).
Modi and the late Sathya Sai Baba
Narendra Modi, a hindutva hardliner, is prone to do anything promoting the superiority of the Hindu foundations and traditions of the ancient subcontinent that is India. He did so when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he does it still, often to the detriment of minority groups, like muslims and members of the LGBTQ+-community. After all, being a religious man of Hindu faith, he is much akin to the conservative ideals the catholic church maintains. Modi is a walking and talking billboard for the veneration of avatars, sadgurus and saddhus whenever and wherever they pop up. Whether Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Sai Baba of Shirdi, or any other saintly figure, past or present, Modi was and is quick to grant his endorsement. He endorsed Sathya Sai Baba from early on, and did so with a host of other false gurus too (See: Narendra Modi’s love of false Hindu gurus).
The Light Body Drama Boy, Madhusudan
Endorsing a Sathya Sai Baba copycat like Madhusudan, once an inconsequential student of one of his colleges, known mainly for his keen impersonations of others, Sathya Sai Baba included, and subsequent failures in business enterprises, is a different kettle of fish. Madhusudan and his clique have in a mere decade caused a major rift in the Sathya Sai Baba community, starting their own ashram in Muddenahalli, some 200 miles from Prasanthi Nilayam, and luring ever more devotees away to his once tawdry side show, which went from welcoming the ‘subtle appearance’ of the late Sathya Sai Baba to becoming his mouthpiece to embodying him in full since 2019. Madhusudan´s ashram, Sathya Sai Grama, by now grown beyond recognition, even surpassing Prasanthi Nilayam in pomp and circumstance, his free hospitals, his first-class travels throughout India and abroad, each one of those poses a direct threat to the memory of the late so-called avatar and the flow of money to his Central Trust cronies, like Rathnakar, Anil Kumar and lawyer Naganand.
For this reason, they have from the get-go tried to smother this new guy on the block’s popularity. In 2016, the situation had gotten so dire a public petition was drafted to the PM and the President to disengage themselves from any dealings with this new fraud, see: Petition to stop Muddenahalli scam of sri Sathya Sai Baba impersonation in public interest. If this report is to be believed, Central Trust lawyer Naganand, who signally failed to act against Madhusudan in a timely manner, spoke to Modi directly on the matter in late 2017. Only a picture is produced though, no written report:
The former college boy Madhusudan Naidu, aided in no small measure by a wealth of money provided by disappointed western Sathya Sai Baba devotee millionaires like Isaac Tigrett, has morphed from a follower of a not-to-be-seen astral Sathya Sai Baba into a mouthpiece of his late greatness to a fully (by Sathya Sai Baba) inhabited Sadguru Madhusudan Sai. Ahh, the stuff that dreams are made of! It boggles the (right) mind, yet needs no genius to see the growing similarities:
Madhusudan’s claim to have predicted Modi’s rise to power
That this new ‘ship of fools’, as Robert Priddy aptly described the Muddenahalli gang, is every bit as looney and megalomaniacal as His Late Greatness SSB was, is proven by this hilarious post Robert wrote some 5 years ago: Was pm Modi discovered by Madhu Sudan usurper of Sai Baba’s subtle body?
Modi did NOT mention Madhusudan Sai in his video speech, in spite of claims to the contrary
Whereas Modi has never visited Prasanthi Nilayam ever after Sai Baba’s demise in 2011, odd, to say the least, he did present himself on several occasions at inaugurations of hospitals and colleges of ‘the Muddenahalli Group’. He for instance attended the groundlaying ceremony of the Raipur hospital in 2016, in Chattisghar, meanwhile sprinkling a statue of the ‘other’ Sai, that was unveiled on site.
And only a few weeks ago, he gave an online speech lauding the opening of a children’s heart hospital belonging to the Sathya Sai Sanjeevani faction in Fiji, where none other than their leader Madhusudan was the guest of honour!
Struggle for government approval
It is safe to say that both the original organisation, that of Sathya Sai Baba’s Central Trust, which recently got a district named after their late guru (See: Furor over the new sri Sathya Sai District Headquarters), and the new Muddenahalli-based organisation, which gains credits with state governors already, are vying for government approval in the highest levels. This is not new, of course. It’s an age-old tradition, perfected by the late Sathya Sai Baba and his helpers themselves, only now to be in danger of being toppled by a newer, savvier, richer and as yet asexual (?) guru wannabee. Who has at least the advantage of being alive…
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