Monday, November 07, 2005

Another Godman Coming To A Checkbook Near You

File under: Wackadoo Gurus

Yet another godman is about to hit the States (and the pocketbooks of the spiritually naive.) Sri Sai Kaleshwara, a recent export from South India, is presently on tour in Europe and coming to the U.S. with all the fanfare his little horn can muster. A quick survey of his web presence finds all the elements of the usual psychotic grandiosity, including having visions of a long dead Shirdi Sai Baba (not the doodle-diddling one) and receiving his posthumous blessing:
When he placed his head on Baba’s samadhi (tomb) he clearly heard Baba’s voice, “I have been waiting for you. Now is the right time.” Soon after, the young Kaleshwar began displaying miraculous powers and healing abilities. Shirdi Baba had opened his divine channels. His true dharma, his spiritual work, had begun. He was fourteen years old.
But since he's a godman, miracles were nothing new to his burgeoning divinity:
Miracles occurred around him: once his grandfather observed the divine appearance of the Goddess Saraswati standing guard over him while he slept; another time, it was a king cobra, its mantel spread, that shaded him as he napped soundly on the ground in the backyard at his grandfather’s farm.
Like any good showman, he lays it on nice and thick for himself:
No master for 2,000 years has given a guarantee to connect to the real Mother in physical form, to receive amazing healing abilities and enlightenment channels.
Until now, of course!

And every godman worth his ass fat makes this claim:
My mission and my aim is to bring a new kind of spirituality that creates happiness in every person’s heart, to change the world’s belief system and the way spirituality is practiced in the world, to make your life a divine message to this planet and to create spiritual masters, not students.
Very nice touch! Appeal to the desire for spiritual greatness and the allure of name and fame, some thing poor Kaleshwara has clearly succumbed to himself. And according to him, it's all we really want, too:
You really want to be a full moon, a purna avatar, a pure crystal drop, a shining person living your life as a divine message to this planet. A purna avatar shows the reality—what you can’t believe—and makes impossible things possible. Someone who can totally understand this beautiful dream and drama, this whole life and death. Until then, you have to live in the illusions.
Not surprising, coming from such a wailing windstorm of obnoxious self-glorification.

Once again, we're in the mood to disfigure ourselves over the fact that rational human beings actually believe in this cockamamie nonsense. It's as if a noxious black cloud spreads across the sky as minds pick up the idea that self-realization will make them a god. We'd go as far to call it demonic if we believed in that crap. As it is, one man's God-complex becomes a major source of self-realization prevention, thus insuring a steady supply of the continuously ignorant, all kept that way by what they believe about their godman, rather than learning to simply believe in themselves.

11 Comments:

At 11/21/2005 11:46 PM, Blogger calthorpe said...

If he is out for money then why doesn't he ever charge for healings or seminars?

 
At 10/20/2006 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as of yr `1997? he charged 500$ for 5 element mantras and hes one of the most money hungry charlatans ive ever
encountered

his compound is one of the most expensive in india and the food and lodgings as of 2002 were weak to put it kindly
he supposedly was selling a condo/pyramid on the roof of his temple for a million US $

 
At 10/20/2006 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

far as i can tell he needs a healing
ive never heard a genuine claim of his doing a healing

to the careful observor hes an obvious fraud

 
At 10/22/2006 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a devotee of his back in 2004? said
he was giving group talks in colorado and northern cal for 500$ per person per day
thats 100,000$ a day if he got 200 payong fools

 
At 11/30/2006 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sri Kaleshwar has shown me amazing miracles and healed more than one of my friends of cancer. A lot of people have been hurt over the decades by phonies. Swamy is no phony. He has helped thousands of people and demonstrated amazing abilities. and so have his students. No one listens to a poor man in this age. Money is karma and burns karma. Folks don't mind paying for an expensive wine, therapy and holidays, but balk at paying a little for a seminar for knowledge that heals. Don't let your past disappointments paint everyone the same. With money raised, Kaleshwar has fed tens of thousands, drilled countless wells, performed thousands of eye operations, paid for thousands of the poorest to wed respectfully, and the list goes on and on. He is walking the talk. I was told as a kid: "Don't throw smack when you don't know jack." Knowledge and respect change people's lives into light. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Ghandi

 
At 11/30/2006 7:53 PM, Blogger jody said...

Sri Kaleshwar has shown me amazing miracles and healed more than one of my friends of cancer

Go away, you ninny. You are wasting your time. Most of the readers here are way too smart to fall for these lines, and those who aren't deserve to be trapped by a fauxru conman like Kaleshwar. It will be a hard lesson, but one that will be richly rewarding further down their paths.

 
At 12/15/2006 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. He does charge for healings. 250 a pop. and 5000 to be in the presence of Jesus. And only americans complain because they are attached to their money and they dont know how to sacrifice. But when you do put your 5000 twords Jesus you are obsolving karma so they tell us in the group. Jesus as i recall had a type of poverty vow, and he didnt charge for healing. I do believe in miracles. But havent come across one yet. Still seeking

 
At 4/17/2009 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An American visiting his ashram needs $1000 USD in cash for entry for one week.

His crowning teaching in 2011 will cost $10,000 USD per student.

The seminars in Santa Cruz are by donation or a small charge. First one's free.

 
At 3/22/2010 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

13 Years ago he was a very normal Person and now he is a very very very rich Swami.

10.000 Dollars for Mother Divine Blessings

5000 Dollars for womb chakra Puja

1000 Dollars healing your heart Chakra


.....


Each Event he is earning 500 000 Dollars.

Its time to wake up!!!!

 
At 8/22/2011 8:08 AM, Anonymous HR said...

I like this site very much, u are doing a fantastic service and this comes from an orthodox brahmin from India. I am really worried about hindu religion getting affected bcoz of these fake gurus and it should also be said equally that of those stupid followers of these gurus. I wanted to make one more thing clear. There are only 3 versions of vedanta i.e., advaitha, visisthadvaitha and dvaitha. And what are these three versions do? they should explain everything from the creation of this universe to its end. So I beg everyone to follow the authentic versions of these three great acharyas i.e., Shankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, study their commentaries and decide it for urself. But pls before accepting anything question it and there is nothing wrong in it. And I do not say these will give u miraculous powers, reading these will only solve ur doubts.Remember blind belief is not devotion. There is a thin difference btw the two which needs to be carefully addressed. And as far as I am concerned there is no greater miracle than acquiring right knowledge. Please do not believe any baba as god bcoz even in Veda it is said that Lord does not take avathara in kali yuga. He takes kalki avatara at the end of kali yuga. And it is 427000 yrs long from today. And there is one more thing I would like to say. The babas who are doing these miracles have cheap siddhis(which can be acquired in 7 to 31 days ), some do not even have that . They are plainly deceiving the people. And it is better to be atheists than blind followers of some baba bcoz by equating those stupid babas to god u are not only insulting the god(who is only one), u are also misleading others in the same path. If u really want to lead a spiritual life, then try abstaining ur shadvairis(kama, moha, mada, matsarya , lobha and ahankara)and follow vegetarianism and try to speak truth always. U can follow any method which will help u to achieve the above( no need to require yoga and pranayama , mantras etc) like for ex try to be content in whatever u got remember one day u will have to die this will drive out lobha in u. These things are also yoga. And moreover a real siddha is one who has won his shadvairi(not the one who levitates). For these things U do not need a guru, U try to figure out urself how u can overcome this. A person who has his shadvairi under control for atleast 12 yrs will become enlightened. And he will not fall after that. And if u want to practice mantra, go to some small temples ask the priest to give u and I am sure he will give it for free . And practice urself after some stage u are ur own guru bcoz the lord who stays in ur heart will guide u. All the very best to everyone. And thanks once again for this blog creator I do not know whether u are a theist or atheist but u are definitely helping people to get back to the right way.

 
At 12/02/2014 5:43 AM, Blogger Gokhan said...

what is a real guru anyway ?

 

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