Jag Venugopal's Blog

July 19, 2011

‘God-Man’ or ‘Gold Man’?

Filed under: Project Management — Jag @ 10:55 pm

A third count of gold, silver, expensive silk, diamonds, etc. was made at the deceased god man Sathya Sai Baba’s residence. According to the Economic Times newspaper,

“The inventory, the third in a month, yielded 34.5 kg of gold, 340 kg of silver and Rs.1.90 crore of cash till Monday night.”

Kinda makes you wonder why a supposed man of God, sometimes revered as God incarnate, needed to stockpile this much of precious metal and diamonds, not to speak of cash. Some reports also have dry fruit, saris and trousers tumbling out of the closets. Why, oh why, does a man who only wear robes need all this? I can understand the discovery of a cupboard full of hairspray though… that Africa-size afro probably needed a lot of the stuff. And I’m sure if they dig deeper, they’ll find the secret stash of “Just for Men, Jet-black color” lurking.

One possible defence mounted by his devotees is that all of this hoarding was done by unnamed others without his permission. But wait, wasn’t he the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God that knew everything that was happening? If this kleptomania was that of his officials, could he not have put an end to this?

Of the people that donate to such gurus, I am reminded of P. T. Barnum’s famous saying: “There’s a sucker born every minute”. And in a country of 1.2 billion, there’s a lot many suckers to go around.

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1 Comment »

  1. I was not much of devotee. However, I admired of the social work, free health care and free education at his academic institutions etc services offered under Satya Sai Trust. I wonder why trust management did not put all that gold, silver and cash in a bank and have a reputed auditing firm like Ernest and Young over look their finances. Sure they need all that gold and silver to run hospitals, water projects and schools. The god-man may not need it for himself but can be used for a good cause. It was shocking that why all these valuables were not kept in bank but in cellar of the Ashram not cognizable to a person with average commence sense. Sure they is some thing going on which the trust management don’t want every one to know. Government of India will not probe into these kind of discoveries since they want same kind of misuse of public trust to repeat time and again.

    Comment by Ram — July 20, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply


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