Muddenahalli Exposed By Trustees of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

Sathya Sai Baba in the early days. Under the old Banyan Tree in Whitefield.

Hoping this will be the last post warning folks against the nefarious Muddenahalli influence. Readers who may not have interest in Sathya Sai Baba living or dead, will not find fault in many of his famous quotations. Here’s several that I simply cannot forget. I publish them once again as a reminder of what Sai Baba always said time and time again.   “There’s nothing between you and me and the Divine, for the Light Source dwells in your heart.”

There are saints and sages born from time to time, each one will have his own characteristics and ways of  passing on knowledge. Some are sombre and say little. Others are more out-going and easier to understand. Others are just  not that easy to follow.  Sathya Sai Baba was never easy to understand nor follow but that does not mean his words were not simple, clear  and sincere. Eve

Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world.”   ~ Sathya Sai Baba

When a person asserts that he is low and mean and that he knows but little, he becomes low and mean and his knowledge shrinks.We become what we believe we are. We are children of Almighty God, endowed with Supreme, Power, Glory and Wisdom.We are children of Immortality.When we dwell in this thought, how can we ever be low and ignorant?

– Sathya Sai Baba

MUDDENAHALLI FRAUDS EXPOSED BY TRUSTEES OF OF SRI SATHYA SAI CENTRAL TRUST

Taken from Sanathana Sarathi publication May 2017

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.

The Samadhi of Baba, Puttaparthi

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

On Reaching The Sixth Anniversary Of the Passing Of Sathya Sai Baba – Make Yourself A Light!

Swami in his 40’s

“I need only one ‘Mandir’ – Your Hearts!

Preserve the purity of your hearts, so that SAI may reside therein

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We are coming up to the sixth anniversary of the passing of Sathya Sai Baba. To honour his most sapient teaching, I have written a small article called  “The Source.” It is posted below.  Sai Baba may have been the most high-lighted guru of his day, but his message is no different from other distinguished teachers who have lived, taught and left a remarkable legacy of a time-honoured practice to go within. He always stressed the need for inner reflection. He stressed that spiritual practices can only be done with the help of the body. All education obtained is through the body. Everything we are is due to the facility of the body. Both our merit and demerit are the result of  actions performed with the help of our bodies. And that all important incessant search for peace is a heartfelt attempt to find the God Source inside our own bodies but we are not just the body, we  are far greater than that.

WHY FIGHT OVER BODY PARTS? – THE SOURCE IS WITHIN.

Someone said something extraordinary to me the other day, while we were discussing Sathya Sai baba and the Muddenahalli splinter group. The now infamous group who have forged ahead in Sai Baba’s name. They said why be attached to body parts when you can seek the Source within? True, why do we hang onto body parts or a body form, when the wisest teachers tell us clearly we are not a body. The source of wisdom is love and that is something we can all find within ourselves. All spiritual teachers speak with one voice, when they say that a flesh and blood temporary body is just a vehicle to be used while on Earth. We are all just body-parts with the potential of finding the eternal truth within us. Best to focus and find that sacred place in our hearts where the in-dweller resides. Yes, it takes a lot of determination and dedication but it is not without merit, that we eventually find out that our spiritual teacher’s guidance is both wise and compassionate. But as always in cases of well-known spiritual teachers, once they pass from this world, those pivotal devotees who once held positions or power within their late teachers setup, struggle over the right to carry his/her name on in their own chosen way. They claim power and possession over their late teacher’s movement and cause confusion and division among followers. Power struggles are part of every religion and almost all sects. Such power struggle are normal in this ego-centric world, often going against everything their late teacher had taught. When hard nosed egos decides they are the one and only “Source of Light and Knowledge,” and they are the chosen ones, they literally go out of their way to be deliberately spiteful and vengeful to others, who do not see them as the “new mouth-piece” for their late teacher.


SO LISTEN TO THE WISDOM OF THE TEACHER AND DON’T ALLOW BODY PARTS TO INTERFERE WITH YOUR SEARCH FOR THE INNER SOURCE.

The early days in the old Mandir

 

Sathya Sai Baba’s words on mediums and cheats.

 

 

And to end: What was it that Sathya Sai Baba said so well ?

“You are not the body.” “Drop all attachments to the body and its desires.”  I feel that includes all physical attachment to Sai Baba’s form also. ~  Now ain’t that the hardest thing for people to do!!!  More importantly He said and I quote: 

“At first, name and form are essential, that is the reason why Avatars come, so that God can be loved, adored, worshiped, listened to and followed, and finally realized as nameless and formless.” – 

Sai Ram

The Meaning Of MahaSamadhi Or Shrine – Sathya Sai Baba

I am in your hearts,

You are in Mine.

Don’t be misled

I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. Sai Baba

You cannot see Me, but I am the Light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, but I am the Sound you hear by.
You cannot know Me, but I am the Truth by which you live. Sai Baba

Isaac Tigrett’s Krishna with flowers – beneath his flat in the ashram. The flat is now vacant. He has joined the Muddenahalli Group.

Sai Baba giving darshan during the 1980s under the old tree in Whitefield

Remembering Sai Baba during darshan

The term guru means one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. Gu means one who is beyond attributes (gunas), ru implies one who is beyond forms (rupas). This refers only to God. That is why the guru is hailed as Brahma, Vishnu, or Siva. Only God is the true guru. All others are merely teachers, like the teachers of different subjects in a college. Guru is the one who reveals the guri (target) to the disciple. Guri here refers to the Aathmic Principle. Picture taken on Gurupoornima late afternoon 2011 – just months after Sai Baba passed.  Notice two rainbows in the sky – they appeared after a storm about 5 p.m. that evening.

By the tree where many seekers sit to reflect on  the memory of Sai Baba – Prashanthi Nilayam 


What is the Significance of Sathya Sai Baba’s Samadhi? ~ We learned from Swami all the  important practises of an aspirant and how to achieve the highest from our practise.  One of the most important spiritual practises that one can incorporate into regular puja is daily worship at the  “jeeva samadhi tomb or shrine.” (Samadhi) The reason being that the guru’s presence is still alive, although not seen, but still conveying energy to all who seek. The shakti energy remains forever in the Shrine of a powerful teacher – much  the same as it did during his life-time. That is to say his energy radiated out to seekers through the  body while he was alive, but now the “same energy” radiates to all from His Shrine. Sai Baba is still working through his vibration,  much as he had done over the decades while alive. Today, Sai Baba’s Samadhi  has a concentrated energy force that permeates all areas of his ashram. Very much like  a vortex of a storm, this energy or shakti is far-reaching.  The uplifting vibrations are  apparent in and around the Shine, embedded as they are, in every nook and cranny of the immediate area of the Samadhi. The guru’s shakti has now become a forceful tool for enlightenment. For those who come to the Shrine to worship and practise, there’s nothing better than the vibrations of the late Sai Baba.

The jeeva samadhi shrines/samadhi of any great gurus can lead aspirants further toward their chosen spiritual goal. The most important first step in all of spiritual life is  awareness, thus the guru is the very one to point that out. Every human-being has the In-dweller source, it is the guru’s job to seek out our very own In-dweller, the liberator of our souls.  Often it takes someone with a powerful shakti to drive us inward to where the source of our being is waiting to be discovered. Our own In-dweller lays dormant until  we are awakened by the forceful shakhi of a true guru/spiritual director. Thus, the search for the In-dweller, the one without a second, is the quest of all living beings.

Of course, for seekers of material gain and those with desires, worship at the jeeva samadhi of their chosen guru can help take away their need to fulfil their desires, for they will focus on the inner life through daily practice. Thus the “material minded” may get what they seek for a while, but  are transformed over time into true seekers. There are “humbug” seekers always, and once the guru is gone, they will leave the ashram, due to lack of interest in  “inner work.” Spiritual awareness and worship at the Shrine/Samadhi is very helpful in turning our minds away from all worldly desires and soon brings peace and a true sense of fulfilment to those seekers who are determined. This is the importance of darshan at the Shrine/Samadhi of a great guru like Sai Baba, or others like Ramana Maharshi  Eve

 Madhusudan mimicking Sai Baba in his new C-ashram

The Day Love All – Serve All Died!

 

sai-tigrett       Isaac Tigrett talking with Sai Baba at darshan in 2009.
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I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come on behalf of any exclusive religion. I have not come on a mission of publicity for a sect or creed or cause, nor have I come to collect followers for a doctrine. I have no plan to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of Love, this virtue of Love, this duty of Love, this obligation of Love. ~ Sai Baba

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Madhu with Sai Baba

                                             Madhu with Sai Baba during his student days


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 You tubes  of the Muddenahalli Group while on tour 2017 – with interesting footage.

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 2011 is the saddest day in the memory of millions of Sai Baba devotees world-wide. It was the day He passed away. The day we never thought would come, but come it did and earlier than we had expected. It was the day “Love All – Serve All” died too. I use the term Love All – Serve All, because it is a well known quotation associated with Swami and is the one loved the most and its meaning is associated with everything Sai Baba taught over the years.

So what did Love All – Serve All really stand for during Sai’s life? Well, ‘what didn’t it stand for’ might be the better question to ask. Swami had for decades, come rain and shine, come pain or illness, gave two daily darshans to the huge crowds gathered at one or the other of his ashrams. I only remember Him ever missing darshan one month, that was during his recovery from His hip replacement surgery in June 2003. I was there in Whitefield at the time, on looking back, I keenly remember how miserable and utterly soul-destroyed we all were due to not seeing our Baba, the “One Light” that so filled us with joy and energy.

When the month was finally over, He gave a glorious come-back darshan sitting on a gulf buggy. I swear it was the longest darshan I’d ever had. He also gave a detailed talk about His hip operation on that day, July, 5th, 2003. He said, “I am not this body. Body consciousness leads to untold suffering. One has to get rid of body attachment in order to enjoy peace and happiness. What is this body composed of?

This body is a den of dirt and prone to diseases; it is subject to change from time to time;
it cannot cross the ocean of Samsara. It is nothing but a structure of bones.
O mind, do not be under the delusion that body is permanent. Instead, take refuge at the Divine Lotus Feet. (Telugu Poem)”

He also gave other hints during that talk, that his time with us would not be long. And although we thought the buggy was temporary, it wasn’t. Swami no longer walked among us after the operation, he used a variety of vehicles such as the famous golf buggy that, I believe, he first used in the Whitefield Ashram and later on he used a small car, then during the last years a wheelchair.

He would move among us for another six years, although the last year He appeared extremely ill and with the additional handicap of two strokes. His strength began to fail. Still, even then he came to darshan often, never giving in to the horrible suffering of that little impermanent body, that he told us he had no attachment to.

His message remained the same: My Life is my message. My life is one of giving and sharing with others. I give you what you want, so you will want what I have come to give. Love all, Serve all. Love ever, Hurt never. The message he gave was always the same message, only made different by the quotations and words He chose to use to pass on this all-important lesson, that we are born to live, love, share, and adhere to the highest values of human life.

Heart-felt grief hit all of us on the day He left his little body. Life would never be the same again. We had lost our “Sai Light” – our “Radiant Sai,” the giver of joyful bliss, often coupled with hard life-lessons too.  We were forced to face the future that would not include a physical Sai Baba. That beautiful form. He would not move among us in the flesh again. We had to do as He’d done, move on. Move on to a higher practise, one that required us to mature and seek the God within.

Isaac Tigrett had made the quotation, “Love All – Serve All” famous by using the slogan in his numerous Hard Rock Cafés, dotted all over the world. He’d been instrumental in the building of the now famous hospital in Puttaparthi. Isaac Tigrett had given a cheque for a princely sum towards the building of that beautiful building.

Oddly enough, he’d been living in the ashram at the time of Swami’s passing. He had predicted that Swami would die early in his 2009 Dallas talk, and he told us afterwards, that Sai’s passing had been no surprise to him.

In the whirl-wind of change taking place in that empty space left by the physical Sai Baba, things were changing fast. We had the drama where Mr. Tigrett claimed Baba had instructed him to build a retreat and a school somewhere in Coorg.  He’d called it the 7th Ray. He was given the name, the “Living Will” by the press, however, things did not go to plan.

Meanwhile, in the small  hill-top hamlet of Muddenahalli something else was unfolding, something none of us could have or would have ever imagined! Mr. Murthy, a long time devotee and senior officer there, claimed the spirit of Sai Baba contacted him, whereby instructing him to build schools and hospitals. He also claimed he’d had vivid dreams of Sai Baba.

Even more strange, an unknown student of Sai Baba, Madhusudan, emerged on the scene. This young man had a knack for mimicking Sai Baba. He had actually made quite an art of this during his student days. (How a student could mimic Sai Baba is a puzzle to me and shocking.)

A few years later during 2014, Mr. Murthy and friends, Madhusudan and Isaac Tigrett attended a gathering of  former VIP and studnets in Kodaikanal. It was during that rather impassioned meeting that the “Muddenahalli Baba” aka as “The Light Body” or “Sukshma Baba,” became the invisible source for everything Sai Baba. Apparently, we learned, Sai Baba’s  “subtle body” was using the former student to talk through! This affair had all the hallmarks of being delusional, because Sai Baba had often given speeches during his life-time, condemning those people who claimed he spoke to them. He said, time and again, he needed no one’s help to communicate messages. He had entire control over the universe and on all levels of life both living and dead, astral and causal.

Video of celebrations on 24th FEb. 2017 – at 2.08 – the former student coughs up a lingam. Camera cuts away just before he spits out the marble.

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False Baba aka MMM

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Another, the former student

Below video on how regurgitator does the trick, this time with a ball


Link To Mr.Tigrett’s Muddenahalli Talk of several years ago :

http://www.znakovi-vremena.net/en/tigrett-muddenahalli.htm

Yet, all written statements and video clip from Sai Baba, declaring  He was beyond normal needs of communication and, whether in the body or not, He could contact anyone at any-time, or anywhere. Space and time were no barrier. This all fell on deaf ears. People flocked to Muddenhalli! There, they could relive their old darshan days once more, by following Madhusudan who mimicked Sai Baba’s every action.

Now, three years later, we see a bold Madusudan who not only mimics Sai Baba, but also can “produce” rings, create vibuthi and now, on Maha Shivaratri, cough up a lingam!– just like his mentor and teacher, Sai Baba had done all those years ago.

So what do we have today? – We do not have a physical Swami. We do not have unity. We have division and dissent in the Sai world. We have Sai followers who are confused and perplexed, with some even leaving the fold. We have the old ashram in PP, with its beautiful Samadhi, now condemned by Mr. Murthy as a waste of time. We are to be felt- sorry-for. He claims that Madhusudan is now the real source of Sai Baba, there is no other. (Odd that Sai Baba would condemn his own samadhi and abode of the highest peace where he, himself, lived some 85 years.)

Perhaps, too, we still have many grieving and lost former Sai followers who cannot make the transition from dual to non-dual; the very fabric of Sai’s teaching; The core value of his teaching; The highest of his teachings!

Whatever has happened, we now have a sad situation of a “wannabe” Baba, soon-to-be a fully-fledged Baba, all-be-it utterly contentious, acting out on behalf of many gullible people, who cannot bring themselves to accept that the old order has passed away. Not only that but the former Student now has a fly-by-night following world over. There’s to be a new ashram in Ca. USA, probably in the form of a retreat, come ashram, 7th Ray style perhaps? for Madhu devotees to revel in.

Whatever joy and monies may be made out of this new cult, remains to be seen, or even if it can stand the test of time. Our Sai Baba stood the test of time, his presence permeates every stone of the ashram, every tree, every flower, every brick, every cat and dog, every monkey, every insect and every heart and soul there.

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There is a group of MDH followers who live and hang out in Parthi because they can’t afford the living expenses at their high end fantasy land. The cheapsters have no shame in living off the generosity of PN because here they enjoy a good comfortable and clean lifestyle at very low prices. But their loyalty is to the dark side. They too sit outside the Sai Kulwant Hall or hang out by our coffee kiosks in the ashram trying to recruit more gullible and innocent people. If they have an iota of self respect they should not set foot in the sacred ashram which they denounce and criticise so vehemently. I guess their downward spiral will land them where these ungratefuls belong. And they even display an attitude of arrogance. Why can’t they follow their faith in the fraud all the way without defiling our slice of heaven with their stinking presence. Disgusting bunch of shameless Judases. ~ Comment on facebook by Kuruna Munchi

Until such time we listen to  our Wisdom teachers, all of whom tell us God is within, we will always have the three GMMM – God Mullah-Making- Machines – only too willing to part the gullible from their money and commonsense.

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CATCH A FALLING “STAR” – Sathya Sai Memories

Isaac's Krishna with flowers
Isaac’s Krishna with flowers

 

Catch a falling star, put it in your pocket and save it for a rainy day. Those few words from the song of the same name, sum up my experiences I had this year in the Puttaparthi Ashram. I had given the post another name, but feel this title is more in keeping with the post.  So here goes.

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On my visit to Puttaparthi this year, I noticed so many changes. Gone were most of the small cafés I’d enjoyed eating in. Gone too was the prettiness of the ashram. The huge concrete buildings were in need of a lick of paint, the pathways that meandered around the darshan area, all were in need of repair. It was noisy. I remember one day a young seva dal worker walked up and down the walkway in East Prashanthi, with a placard that read: “Please be quite.” There seemed to be such a lack of awareness that this was supposed to be a place of peace, quiet, and reverence.

I opted out of sitting in the darshan hall this year, preferring to sit in the gardens at the back of the Ashram. They were beautiful and cool. The Bougainvillea and other tropical plants painted the landscape brightly while providing shade. The statues all around the garden, freshly painted, were a reminder of times gone by when everything had been spick and span. I used to sit there on the stone bench under one of the Neem trees, watching exquisite black and red butterflies dancing from branch to branch. The Neem trees were in full bloom while I was there, and as the tiny blossoms reached out toward the sun, all kinds of insects came to settle. My! the chirping sounds of those insects added a sense of the sublime to the whole scene. The birds too chirped their mantras and whooped, often it seemed, keeping time with the Vedas being chanted in the darshan hall some five hundred feet away.

The bench under the Neem tree was my favourite place to sit. The gardeners watered the area in the early morning, leaving everything wet. A smell of fresh earth embraced us.  The temperatures also dropped sharply after the thorough watering. It was simply the best place in the ashram to stay cool.

Isaac Tigrett’s ‘Krishna’ status stood directly under his 4th floor apt. It, too, had received a fresh coat of paint. The dark blue colour shone in the sunlight, and if one looked sideways at the statue, it appeared to have an aura. I am not sure what optical illusion made this appear so. Anyway it was enchanting to the eye.

Isaac’s apt was high up, in full view of the canopy of the Neem trees. How I envied him that special place. I never saw him in or around the ashram but sensed he enjoyed his apt. and its spectacular view! But he is no longer there now. He gave up his residency this June. Apparently his “Mission” had ended.

Isaac outside the ashram gate on Guru-Pournima celebrations this year.
Isaac outside the ashram gate on Guru-Pournima celebrations this year.

He’d lived there for seven or more years. On Tuesdays and Fridays, he’d held early morning bhajans there in his apt. I attended only twice in 2008. Isaac at that time was pretty overwhelmed by the amount of ladies attending. Obviously the famous former owner of the Hard Rock Cafe was centre of attention – that is after Sai Baba. He had not expected on his arrival, he could create such a stir. But human nature being what it is he was very much in demand. It was like everyone wanted a piece of him, and he later retaliated by withdrawing.

Isaac had gone through many up and downs during his stay in Prashanthi Nilayam. He arrived a few years before Swami’s demise, and had weathered all the political storms that were to come later. Although respected and admired on his arrival, he had difficulty settling in.

I’d not known Isaac personally and, after 2008, I hardly saw him. He’d told people he had no friend’s there. I am not sure that was altogether true, but perhaps he felt that it was. He’d hired young men to run errands or to assist him with his projects. I was told that even his assistant had been less than loyal and had been let go. Yet, he was generous in supporting the local villages, and was well-liked by those who lived outside of Puttaparthi.

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I remember seeing him two years ago in the Mandir hall. He’d looked much older. His hair once dyed black now was white, his untrimmed beard didn’t help his appearance. I guess he’d ceased to care much about his looks, once under the influence of Sai Baba. Gone also, I thought to myself, was the image of the chic entrepreneur of the famous Hard Rock Cafe. He looked somewhat awkward and out of place. I watched while he did his pranams to Swami, then as he got up, he glanced over at the ladies in an embarrassed way, and slowly walked out. It was around that time he stopped visiting the Mandir. I had a strange feeling at that time, his days there were numbered.

Isaac deciding to leave the ashram marks the end of an era. I arrived just after he’d given a huge cheque for the SS hospital to be built in 1991. Everyone was talking about him. They all said that with the building of the hospital, things would be great for Sai Baba. And weren’t we the lucky ones to be there with Him at this time?

Well, in my opinion, that was an unlikely truth. The ashram had certainly changed with the great influx of money though not altogether for the better. Now that he has gone, will things settle down to the slow pace of life that the ashram enjoyed before Isaac’s mission? I suppose so, but Isaac Tigrett will never be forgotten. He left his mark there and as for the hospital? No one can erase his memory from that. What a sad ending…

 

Bamboo in the garden. The garden is the heart of the Ashram in Puttparthi
Bamboo in the garden. The garden is the heart of the Ashram in Puttparthi
In the garden after the rain
In the garden after the rain
Ashram Gardens
Ashram Gardens

Finally, this writer is most cautious in posting articles that may be contensious  I always check with people who are mentioned in my posts. It is only good manners to do so. I contacted Isaac Tigrett, before the final draft of this blog-post was released. I have always done that with his posts (those on this blog) and for others too. thank you..

The Story of “Love All Serve All” – Hard Rock Cafe

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HOSPITAL

Until 2008, I knew precious little about the Hard Rock Cafe other than Isaac Tigrett, a Sai Baba devotee, had given a huge donation from the sale of the HRC, for a hospital to be built on the outskirts of Puttaparthi, way back in 1989. I remember the hospital in Puttaparthi being built and everyone showed keen interest. They talked about it endlessly.  But, for me, I saw this beautiful hospital as an end of the old and charming ashram.  I remember in 1991, when the foundations were laid,  my taxi driver pulled over to point out the site area, and I shuddered. I don’t know why. This was a good project, one that would help so many people. But for some odd reason, I could never visit the building site, nor the finished hospital. Did I know, on some level, one day Sai Baba would die there? I don’t know. Maybe my reasons were selfish. I knew the hospital would bring huge changes to Puttaparthi.  The old ashram that everyone adored, was about to change. It stood to reason, where there is such wealth,  change is bound to come. It did. When Isaac gave his huge donation he did so, I am sure, with an absolutely good heart to help those in need. In that he succeeded.

About the hospital. I have only visited the SS Hospital once, but briefly, during a visit in 2012. It is an awesome structure, more like a Sultan’s palace than a hospital. It’s very hard to drive along the road to Puttaparthi, and to see hundreds of small villages with shacks, huts and hovels in which the local people live, then to suddenly chance upon the SS. Hospital. It is totally bizarre. This is the story behind that hospital.  The Hard Rock Cafe was sold, I believe in 1989, to British Rank Organisation PLC.  They sold the Hard Rock Cafe restaurants, Hotels, Casinos, world-wide “rights” and Casino “rights” EAST of the Mississippi River, USA and the HRC Entertainment Group in 2007 to the Native American Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, for US $965 million.


Isaac Tigrett first visited India in 1974, about two and half years after the Hard Rock Cafe had been established. The HRC was doing well at that time and was soon to be the most famous cafe in the world. Isaac though, felt he had another interest that was closer to his heart. That was to find the guru he felt was calling him.  He spent a long time searching for one but none of them met his needs. After a gruelling search he spent his last day in a hotel in Aurangabad.

In the hotel breakfast room in Aurangabad, a photo of Sai Baba was there on the wall.  Isaac had no idea who the person in the photos was. But all of a sudden the photo  called to him:

“I am waiting for you.”

He was stunned. How can a photo talk? He asked at the hotel reception whose picture was  on the wall. The staff told him that it was a photo of  the hotel owner’s guru and that guru lived in Bangalore. Isaac immediately flew to Bangalore, and went to Whitefield Ashram to visit the guru who had called him from the photo. He stood at the back of the tiny ashram against a wall, dressed in black and wearing shades. Then Sai Baba, who he describes as “this amazing creature floated down a tree-filled ramp across the courtyard to him and said, “You’ve come at last! I’ve been waiting for you. We are old friends. Wait here. We have much work to do together!”

Isaac waited 15 years before Sai Baba Spoke to him again. He visited Puttaparthi over the years regularly, often staying for long periods of time.


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Love All – Serve All – The Sai Baba Quotation used in all Hard Rock Cafes

Isaac’s Story: Excerpted from The Singapore 2007 talk.

Let me tell you about the Hospital. It was a wonderful and amazing thing for me. I always, from the very beginning, knew Sai was there. Of course, “Love All – Serve All,” Sai’s greatest message, I stole out of the South Indian canteen (written on the wall) in 1974, and emblazoned it in each Hard Rock Cafe all over the world. More importantly, I ran these businesses  not only on this message of love but entirely on his teachings of the five human values: Peace. Love, Truth, righteousness and nonviolence. I was, without a doubt, devoted to trying to put into practice all that I had learned. After twenty years of working eighteen hours a day from the age of 22, three Public Offerings and seeing move dawns than I have had hot dinners, my penance was completed through the world famous Hard Rock Cafe, and it was sold. Those winnings (by his Grace) were how the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital was built, or as I like to proudly say, on beers, burgers and broken glass. Swami once told me, “It makes no difference what you do. You can be a butcher or a hangman, as long as you rule your life on the five Vedic Human Values.”

Giving The cheque

I was in my room in the ashram when trying to see Baba. I wanted to give him my cheque but something seemed to stop me. I walked over there to the mandir but then started to sweat. I couldn’t move. I didn’t know what was going on with me. It was as if I was being physically manipulated. I walked back to my room and I thought. Why Why? What’s wrong? What am I doing wrong? In giving the cheque for the hospital, is it giving me some sort of an ego trip? Is this like, “I” am doing a good thing? A generous guy? Then if finally dawned on me,  “Don’t do this for you. There is no you. Only us.” And I realized what I wanted to say, believe, and how and why, I had to offer this gift of money as service.

As soon as I got the message straight in my head. Sai Baba let me walk right into that interview room and I said, “Swami, this is a gift for you to do whatever you wish with. And it is from all of us. It is especially from all the ones who would like to give it, but don’t have it to give, they just have their love. We love you. We adore you. We want to help you. This is from all of us.” – He took the cheque. (The cheque I have been told was for many million of dollars.)

I said Swami, “I want you to please, please, please, please, don’t let anyone know that I’ve done this. I want to do it anonymously.”

He looked at me, went out on to the verandah and said to everyone there, “Tigrett gave me this cash!” Tigrett gave me cash! Tigrett gave me cash!”

So we built the Hospital. It was an extraordinary experience. He told me, Tigrett, you are not just going to give the cash, you are going to be in charge of the building the hospital, getting all the medical panning done, doing the architectural. You are going to be in charge of the whole thing! You know, I had been given the tools; the tools meaning the Hard Rock Cafe, yes, that’s what it was for to teach me how to get things done, to get organized. That was a prerequisite to building the Hospital.

I said, “Swami, what about all these gentlemen that you have go around you? Sitting outside the door? (VIPS). All those chaps who are the heads of your Organization? They will do anything to get close to you. Anything!” He said.

“You run them over. You are my Tiger. You run them over.” I said, “Okay if you’ll protect me, I’ll run them over.” And I did.

Just a note:

Sorry to say that Isaac Tigrett has left his flat in the ashram to join with the Muddenahalli Group and  former student Madhusudan the new Swami. (Madhu Baba)   I cannot think why he would do that! It seems like a complete U turn on his part. However, his personal story is still of interest to people. I will leave it here. Perhaps one day Isaac Tigrett will return to Puttaparthi and to the significant Samadhi and vibes of our late guru Sathya Sai Baba, just like the prodigal son of old.


 

The key is in understanding that the physical body is only an instrument of the divine. It is not forever. What was it that Sathya Sai Baba said so well ? “You are not the body.” “Drop all attachments to the body and its desires.”  I feel that includes all physical attachment to Sai Baba’s form also. ~  More importantly He said and I quote:  “At first, name and form are essential, that is the reason why Avatars come, so that God can be loved, adored, worshiped, listened to and followed, and finally realized as nameless and formless.”  Sathya Sai Baba

From Hard Rock To Hard Knocks – Isaac Tigrett

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Quotation from Isaac Tigrett’s 2007 Talk in Singapore.

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I believe that the Jyothi Lamp is lit in the vibrations of the words they leave behind; that we find our spiritual identity in the vibrations of these words of Ultimate Truth. Sai Baba is preparing to leave us. He said He would leave at age 96. He has also said that He could leave his body at any time He wished. Are you ready for this event? Are you only attached to the form? Do you know the formless? He has told us over and over again that we are Divine Beings, that we are Him.

Do you know your true identity? How can we know? –

~Isaac Tigrett


Thanks. 

 


For people who have not heard of Mr. Tigrett, he was the co-founder of The Hard Rock Cafe, and The Founder of House Of Blues.

The quotations posted today, I feel, are from the heart. Isaac Tigrett had more private experiences with Sathya Sai Baba than almost anyone else. He first visited India when he was only 24 years old and stayed devoted until the end of Sai Baba’s life, a long time indeed. Due to his closeness to Sai Baba, I feel that he is able to talk from a viewpoint that few of us “general public Sai folks,” could even begin to understand. In this talk given in 2007, in Singapore, he takes us on a journey through his extraordinary life. He speaks frankly of the successful years of the Hard Rock, and later the years of  “Hard Knocks.”  Life, for us all,  is a journey from “Our Self back to Our Self” and in Isaac’s case, it was one filled with adventure, glamour, pain, illness and loss, way beyond most peoples’ lives. I might just mention, that I do not  know Isaac, although I have seen him often during my visits to Puttaparthi, India.

Sadly Isaac Tigrett no longer lives in Puttaparthi but has gone to live in Bangalore. He now is a follower  of  Madhusudan – The self-style Godman of Muddenahalli…

 

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During my twenty years of visits, I mostly sat towards the back of the hall. From so far back it was impossible to see Sai Baba during darshan, yet alone speak to him. Only on very special occasions was I even allowed to hand him a letter. Sitting at the back did not necessarily mean a person was prevented from receiving Darshan, for it was always available in some sort of way. It did mean though, that one could not sit comfortably or at ease. We at the back were invariably pestered by Seva Dal workers, or people sitting very close by. There was never an inch of space between people gathered for darshan. The hall towards the back, often had a suffy feel. People grew tired with the long waits for Swami to appear, so many sat and chatted. There was little chance to pick up the beatific vibrations, the people seated at the front had easy access to. We only heard stories from VIP’s about the extraordinary ways Swami worked with them.

I found, during those last years, that sitting outside the hall, was by far the best way to absorb Sai Baba’s darshan. Of course, we all had experiences that seems way beyond coincidences but I, like so many other visitors, was unable to confirm my experiences with Sai Baba himself, like Isaac did.  I engaged in much pondering about the subtle nuances that seemed to occur. Were they real or just fabricated or fanciful, I could never tell.

I know on one occasion my husband, was sitting in Sai Towers entrance cafe, when Sri Sai Baba drove by in his car. He rushed out to the street to give greetings to Swami. After His car had passed by, he returned to his seat in the cafe. He was alone there but for a waiter, when suddenly he felt an enormous peace flood through him. The large garland on a Sai painting on the wall opposite to where he was sitting, suddenly snapped, with the sound of a powerful fire cracker. The garland’s string had broken, two bundles of  stringed jasmine flowers,  fell to the floor. The waiter was stunned and so was he.


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♥♥♥♥♥♥♥It is said that on the other side of the rainbow there’s gold. That I do not know! But I know on the other side of that computer there is a person who is worth gold! Glue it on the wall of those you respect or love. \(^_^)/ You know that I love you all, & praise God you are in my life today.

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This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds,sunsets to warm your hearts, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life. –Remember, Sai Baba’s words. All that happens is passing clouds…