Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Real Maharishi Passes On

File under: Real True Gurus

The fact that we have never heard of the deceased 96-year-old Vethathiri Maharishi, who passed away yesterday, speaks mountains about his fitness as a guru. It turns out the Maharishi developed quite a nice little yoga center in Aliyar, India:
The centerpiece of the campus is the Temple of Consciousness, which is consecrated to raising the consciousness of individuals and the whole of humanity. Unlike other temples, there are no idols or formal rituals here. It is open to all. Group meditations and lectures for participants of various courses and for the general public are the major activities here.
We can't tell you much about the yoga the Maharishi taught beyond that he sought to impart "knowledge of true relationship between individual and the all pervading Almighty Unified Force." He must be talking about Brahman, just not in the terms of Adviata. Hey! We like him even more now.

We are extremely heartened by the fact that we've never, ever heard of this guy until today. What does that say about Sri Sri, the Babaster, Kracki and all the other big name players? We think it says a lot about their penchant for name and fame, at the expense of their teaching... rather than to enhance it. The fact of the Maharishi's relative anonymity is like a refreshing breeze amidst all the hot air being blown by these monster gurus' PR departments. They can never hope to emulate what the Maharishi has so beautifully accomplished; a significant contribution to the world of yoga, all without making it all about him.

We're truly sorry that we only came to know of the Maharishi the day after his mahasamadhi. He's made us realize that maybe we don't need a new kind of guru, just more gurus who are more like he was.

10 Comments:

At 3/30/2006 2:25 AM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Jody decoded
Finally we understand Jody. What he really wants is that HE should never have heard of a jnani (until atleast the ole man kicks the bucket, May his [soul/Brahman] rest in peace)!

No matter that there is an ashram, there are courses, discourses, publications etc. Even a website.

But what matters is the "relative" anonymity. Jody shouldnt have heard of him, that's all :-)

So Jody when i become a jnani, how would i do all the above, and still not come to your notice? What are your sources, and how do i avoid them, pray enlighten me :-)

And, oh yes, how do i be of any use to humanity if i dont let anyone know.

Jody: We're truly sorry that we only came to know of the Maharishi the day after his mahasamadhi.

Jo, if you knew of him earlier, you would have been barbequeing his behind on your blog, are you sorry you missed that oppor. ?

Jody:He's made us realize that maybe we don't need a new kind of guru, just more gurus who are more like he was.

Yeah, more anonymous gurus we either never hear of, or we read of them on Jody's site, when they've popped their cork.

Jody: We are extremely heartened by the fact that we've never, ever heard of this guy until today.
Wish i could say that of you!


What does that say about Sri Sri, the Babaster, Kracki and all the other big name players?
How did Jody forget to add himself in that list! At the top!

 
At 3/30/2006 6:30 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

Jody,

Thanks for posting this. Even though I didn't get to meet this man, I am encouraged whenever I hear of an "unknown" teacher like him who didn't seek money, name and fame like those you mentioned.

There are countless such people in India (as I'm sure you are aware). They are mostly hiding in plain sight, or out of reach of the public. If you ask them why, they'll say, mostly, that "ashram business is a bad business" or "guru business is a bad business". Things like that. I've received the greatest guidance from men and women I stumbled upon quite by accident, or through meeting a devotee who happened to know such a person. In all of those cases, I was never asked for money or assistance of any kind, but rather was cared for by them. When I saw there might be material need for some of them, and I offered money at the end of my visit, it was often refused. When it was accepted, it was with some regret in their faces, somehow. There was also regret of a kind in their faces when some, in more remote places, invited me to stay on and "rest", but my restless feet kept me moving. But none ever tried to prevent me or insist.

I believe the truly enlightened beings to be gracious, not grabbing and greedy. They give more than they take, and many try not to take anything at all. What those kind souls have given me could never be paid for. Some I've met lived very comfortably, from their own work, invisible to most, though in plain sight. Others were very poor, living in the mountains, or on the banks of rivers, yet they possessed such a radiance and beauty, that they appeared beautiful to me (even the ones who were apparently nutcases, ranting and raving when people approached them -- I found that the 'craziness' stopped when I'd meet them and they'd become simple, civil people, asking "do you need anything?") In all the cases, these people shared one odd quality -- they seemed to laugh at almost everything! Not in a mean way, but lightly, as if life was so joyous that there was nothing to do but laugh and enjoy it. I hope to have that quality someday -- not to take life so seriously, to live in that joy I've seen flowing from a few people on earth.

Thanks again for having this site, Jody. This piece reminded me today that all gurus are not crap.

Happy Navaratri. Jai Ma.

 
At 3/30/2006 8:06 AM, Blogger jody said...

Jo, if you knew of him earlier, you would have been barbequeing his behind on your blog, are you sorry you missed that oppor. ?

Do you know something about him that I don't?

How did Jody forget to add himself in that list! At the top!

Is this sour grapes because I'm making fun of Sri Nit?

To tell you the truth, I had some trepidations giving the Maharishi a positive spin without actually knowing the background. But the fact that a guru is unknown in the West is a strong indication that he's not about name and fame.

By contrast, we can examine Sri Nit. He comes over here as a self-declared paramahamsa, putting on an act that's one part Ammachi and one part Vivekananda, with a bit of Yogananada thrown in for good measure. He's getting his brain waves measured and then crowing about it. Next up, a PR department of his very own.

I'm not saying Sri Nit isn't authentic or that's he's a bad guru. By all accounts so far he seems like a good guy and a good guru, despite all the pomp and circumstances of his web presence.

Go to the Maharishi's site and see how big the picture of him is. Now compare that to the pictures on Sri Nit's site. I think that says it all.

I'm sorry it's your guru that's getting skewered, Ananda. You seem like a nice guy and I'm sorry you are taking it personally. It's the matter of his presentation that I object to. I'm just a fool with opinions, Ananda. Such should be of no concern to an authentic paramahamsa, and by extension, his devotees as well.

 
At 3/30/2006 8:40 AM, Blogger dontbullme said...


He also addressed the United Nations in the year 1974.

why do they have to mention this? I don't get it...

 
At 3/30/2006 8:58 AM, Blogger jody said...

why do they have to mention this? I don't get it...

It's standard operating procedure. Ammachi, Chinmoy and Sri Sri have also addressed the U.N.

Nonetheless, the fact that the Maharishi cut such a low profile puts him in a different class than those guys.

 
At 3/31/2006 11:49 PM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Jody:Is this sour grapes because I'm making fun of Sri Nit?

Hey, Jody, (a) This has nothing to do with anyone else - i thought it was quite clear that i was just having fun, pulling your leg!
(b) Perhaps i should make it clear that i do not represent any guru. I just happened to have met Nithya recently and I shared my experience. I am very new to this whole spiritual thing and cannot comment on you or others, or defend anyone - I can only share my 2 cents.

Jody:I'm sorry you are taking it personally.
To be honest, i have been a strong follower of Ramana Maharshi for the short while (one year) I have been in this search. If I did not respond to your recent blog on Him (Hitler), then forget my taking anything else personally.

Jody: Such should be of no concern to an authentic paramahamsa, and by extension, his devotees as well.
Please don't judge him by the responses of this drifter.

 
At 4/01/2006 9:36 AM, Blogger jody said...

Hey, Jody, (a) This has nothing to do with anyone else - i thought it was quite clear that i was just having fun, pulling your leg!

Heh. You had me fooled me good, Ananda!

Please don't judge him by the responses of this drifter.

It's the responses of his devotees that have redeemed him somewhat to my mind, despite the seeming crass commerciality of his web presence.

 
At 4/01/2006 11:24 PM, Blogger the white thrash junta said...

I like you guys

 
At 10/29/2006 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

vethathiri spent time in Los angeles
charged money
advertised

i thought he was OK as teachers go

 
At 9/07/2007 12:34 AM, Blogger Anandanatarajan said...

Vazhga Vaiyagam Vazhga valamudan

Any Enlightened Guru will appear or disappear in front of the society based on the needs of once Thoughts, Words, Actions.

I agree so many enlightened persons are roaming or living in and around Himalayas or where no common peoples are living. Such type of Masters are sending their Spiritual cum social messages to the world by the way of Telepathy communication and needs more mind maturity to grasp the same. For common people its not possible. You have to agree almost more than 99.9% peoples in the world are very common , irrespective of their status. ie., almost all the peoples mind are in immatured state only.( If you want u can confirm the same with any Psycologists)

Such immatured peoples always communicate with each other by the way of Actions and words only and they dont know how to communicate through Thoughts (ie., Telepathy method)

Since the society has lot of immatured peoples where they dont know how to live in a Moral way? That’s why so many Wars, terrorism and etc., Now a day peoples are more talking about "Piece" rather than talking about "Peace". It such cases who will really guide the peoples in a proper way or in a Moral way?

You have to appreciate the Love and compassion of the Enlightened persons like Guru Vethathiri Maharishi's where they are appearing in front of the society and communicating the Spiritual messages by the way of Lectures(ie., Speech or otherwise you can take it as words). It is not necessary for any enlightened persons like Guru Vethathiri Maharishi to come infront of the society for any such type of Breaching. Then why they are coming and appearing in front of the society? Its only for us, its for our own benefits , its for the benefit of the society, its for our future Generations benefits. Whenever in the society Peace goes off, such type of Enlightened persons are coming and Guiding all the peoples in a Moral way.

One more think to Pass any message in the world atleast some sort of Organisation setup is needed which needs money. He did not begged anybody. Its a give and take policy for the welfare of society only.

Do you know while leaving the world, he left all the things and given everything to the welfare of humanity and all the properties were properly documented .

So dont Judge or comment any Enlightened persons with your inadequate or poor knowledge. Better to know more about him read his philosophy and always try to keep silence.

Always better before commenting any such Great Spiritual Guru in a bad manner, better you go in deep knowing about them and his message to the society, Philosophy, and etc., Otherwise it may become a Violent curse for you and your Generations.... where nobody can help you in get rid of it, even God also. (Its anicient Vedas Statement only)

Yours Sincerely,
S.Anandanatarajan,
-A Citizen of the Universe from the Tiny Planet Earth

 

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