The less inviting facts about the ashrams of which any visitor should be aware are either wilfully suppressed, left unmentioned, or covered over and strictly forbidden in discussion in Sai ashrams. The whole vast pro-Sai literature hardly ever mentions anything remotely negative about the ashrams – the supposed ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’… certainly not many disappearances and deaths which are unreported except by independent sources. Visitors should prepare themselves for shocks and dangers by being forewarned and ‘forearmed’.
Many difficulties, disappointments and potential dangers – up to and including murder – face those who visit the ashrams of Sathya Sai Baba. Tight security is used against visitors to ensure that no one says anything that might cast any negative suspicions on anything connected to the ashram, its staff or the entire Sai Baba set-up. Discrimination and harassment of non-ethnic Indian followers, especially Westerners, has become rife. Crimes like theft, swindle and overcharging have increased considerably in Puttaparthi since Sai Baba died and money is in short supply. Prashanthi Nilayam has upped its prices for almost everything and especially for telephone services.
Extensive uncensored information about the ashrams present and past is found at http://prashanthinilayaminformation.blogspot.no