Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Guru's Gruesome Medicine

File under: Satscams

Hindu health guru Swami Ramdev is about to get burned in an emerging scandal in India. It seems he haunted the cremation grounds for the finest bits of human skull, as well as procuring various kinds of animal testicles, which he then added to his ayurvedic remedies:
Karat said tests found that he used “testicles of certain animals, dried and powdered to prepare medicine for impotency.” She said she came to know in June-July last year that herbal Ayurvedic medicine prepared by Divya Yog Pharmacy, Rishikesh, Uttranchal, owned by Ramdev, contained animal and human bones.
There was a time in India when an orthodox Brahmin would have lost everything were they found to have ingested animal parts, making Ramdev's crime that much more heinous.

With the Ministry of Health and the media beating on his door, Ramdev could be looking at a precipitous fall from grace if he is found to have violated public health laws. Or maybe not. The skulls and testicles thing sounds spectacularly transgressive to us. Too bad that effect was lost on the unwitting tantrikas who thought the remedy was going to help them get it on better, instead.

Update: Here's the BBC's take on the Ramdev brouhaha.

4 Comments:

At 1/04/2006 7:52 AM, Blogger facedog said...

As said before, India is one of the most corrupt places in the world. There is no way of knowing if the swami is lying or the accuser is lying.

Are you assuming the story is true based only on the accusation? If so, remember that previously you were accused of being bald, Jody.

 
At 1/04/2006 8:44 AM, Blogger jody said...

Are you assuming the story is true based only on the accusation? If so, remember that previously you were accused of being bald, Jody.

I'm sure the truth will come out one way or another. We'll just have to wait and see.

 
At 1/08/2006 3:14 AM, Blogger Vinayak said...

Hi

Happy new year.

Your blog made me think of Hindus and their state in India.

One can't obviously belive the feminist communist angle, just because it has maximum Tv space ?

My blog Gudia, a Muslim girl and Ramdev ji, a Hindu male !! is on how the society defines the "weak" and who becomes the underdog !

Do you know Gudia ? Gudia is an Indian Muslim girl who died this new years eve. As we sat watching Pranoy Roy hand over the "Best Indian" award to Sonia, the fireworks from Japan to Park avenue and Bihar on advertisements instead of crime alert, Gudia died. Gudia died of multiple organ failure at an Army hospital. [...................] But for lip service none of the pro wife feminists and bleeding heart leftists did anything for Gudia. Neither Brinda Karat, nor Teesta Setalvad, nor Arundhathi Roy or her comrades who bleed for Iraqi children or Kosovo's babies and collateral damage all over the globe, worried about this poor Indian Muslim - Gudia.[...................]

Now to Ramdev. If you notice Ramdev ji, A Hindu Swami, has been hit and plastered all over. Ramdev seems to be from the other unfortunate half i.e. Hindu Male of India Just as muslim women are being tossed about by the powerful, so are Indian Hindu men tossed about.

Be it Kanchi Shakaracharya or Ramdev, or Narayan Murthy or Advani, they are symbols of hope and achievement in their respective spheres. They are symbols of faith and were Ikons of Hinduism. These very men are under attack today.

why Ramdev ?

more at
http://batteredmale.blogspot.com/2006/01/gudia-muslim-girl-and-shri-ramdev-ji.html

or

http://tinyurl.com/8nn3q

 
At 1/11/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger facedog said...

Hi Vinayak,

I have heard this argument used here in the US, especially in the late 1980's. The poor white man is under attack. As a white man I can only say that we needed to do a whole lot better. As symbols of strength in our society we needed to live up to the status conferred on us by generations of other white men.

The truth is liberating. This Swami needs to tell the truth. He should not join the legions of other swamis who have come before, ruining the tradition of Indian spirituality by misusing their power and authority, and then lying about it.

 

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