File under: Satscams
Disgraced and thought long gone from the biz, single-named con-man guru Tilak has surfaced once again. Featured by an obviously and sadly duped YOGItimes, Tilak is still at it with a flashlight, a breath mint and the hopeful expectations of those seeking what they already have.
We encountered Tilak a few times in the early mid 90s. We even went as far as to receive one of his "treatments" at the apartment of a friend. We entered a darkened bedroom and were told to lay on our backs on a bed. Tilak then positioned himself at the head of this bed, leaned over and blew on our forehead. Seemingly miraculously, we saw a bit of light when he blew. Fortunately for us, we were of the wrong sex to receive one of his "special" treatments.
It turned out that Tilak was using a small flashlight in his mouth, mostly for the purposes of gaining a harem of female devotees to service his sexual needs. It's rumored he even went as far as to impregnate his own 14-year old niece!
In our years observing and commenting on the guru biz, we've learned this: there is no such thing as enlightenment by transmission. Anything that you "feel" in the context of a guru's attention is just that, a feeling. Scamming gurus use the expectations of their devotees to suggest these "feelings." Devotees wanting to please the guru then generate these feelings at the guru's suggestion. When they have the feeling they made themselves feel, they believe it confirms what they desperately want the guru to be for them, their own little private Godman (or woman,) as well as indicating their own special, spiritual "advancement." This is one of the oldest tricks in the world of gurudom, and is basically the mechanism which keeps all guru satscams going.
But when you are asking the women of your satsang to do you and each other, setting them against one another and maybe even impregnating a 14-year old, chances are that your satscam is going to crash in a heap of disappointment and disillusionment. But if he can keep it in his pants this time, Tilak stands a chance of rebuilding his satscam. Such is the fertility of the field of spiritual seekers desperate to be someone else by imagining they are getting infusions of spiritual power from the likes of con-men and criminals.