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Waiting For A Miracle

As devotees pray for Sathya Sai Baba, questions hang over his rich trust

Waiting For A Miracle
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Waiting For A Miracle
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Trust Worthies...

  • Sathya Sai Baba (born R. Satyanarayana Raju): President
  • K. Chakravarthi: Secretary, former IAS officer
  • V. Srinivasan (Madras Srinivasan): Member, an industrialist
  • S.V. Giri: Former CVC
  • Indulal Shah: Trust member and chartered accountant from Mumbai
  • Justice P.N. Bhagwati: Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Nagananda: Trust member. A reputed lawyer from Karnataka.
  • R.J. Ratnakar: Son of Sathya Sai Baba's younger brother R. Janakiramaiah, and the only family member on the board
  • G. Venkataraman: Renowned scientist. Vice-chairman of overseas wing of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation.
  • Michael Goldstein: Chairman of the International Sathya Sai Organisation
  • John Hislop: Writer and one-time head of the Sathya Sai Organisation in the United States
  • G. Srinivasan: (Popularly known as ‘Bangalore Srinivasan’). He is the one who arranges Sathya Sai darshans for VIPs and is close to the Swami.
  • Isaac Tigrett Burton: A big donor to the Sathya Sai Trust and the man who conceived the idea of setting up a superspeciality hospital. Sold his stake in Hard Rock Cafe and donated it for the hospital.

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Strains of ‘Sai Ram’ echo in the meditation hall of Prashanti Nilayam. Thousands of devotees sit in silence. They are praying for Sathya Sai Baba—or ‘Bhagwan’, as the godman is referred to—who is in a critical condition in the ICU of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences. The 84-year-old swami was admitted to the hospital on March 28 with respiratory, cardiac and kidney problems and is now on ventilator. The hospital has turned into a virtual fortress, with heavy police guard. Bulletins issued twice a day say he is responding to treatment despite multiple-organ failure. Brenda, a decade-old devotee from Ireland, sums up the mood of several thousands of the swami’s followers: “There’s no vacillating between hope and despair. There’s only hope.”

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